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difficulty swallowing and pain

  • Posted By: fluffy bunny
  • April 26, 2008
  • 09:48 AM

First, I want to say Thank You in advance for any ideas, advice, offers...

I hoped I had a flu/cold but the fever broke, my sinus is totally clear, no reflux issues or desire to eat problems but horrible trouble swallowing, basically anything.

I've not been able to eat solid food for many days now. I choke on it (even something as small as a well-chewed piece of chicken from condensed soup). When I asked my friend to look today she told me that couldn't even see in my throat it was so swollen. All she could see was red and inflamed. My throat is painfully sore, inside and out, and it hurts terribly to swallow even my own saliva -which I seem to be producing in great abundance now that I can't swallow it. I've several times had a hard time with plain water.

I've never had strep and I still have my tonsils but haven't seen any of those white patches I've been told they make. Then again, I can't see much. I don't know if it matters but one side is worse off than the other and it seems to be below the jaw moreso on the sides than front.

Does anyone have any idea what this might be? ideas? advice? similar problem? Am I actually going to need antibiotics or something or will this go away on its own?

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  • It definitely sounds like you have strep throat!!! I only had it one time, in my life and I had it with mononucleosis. Mono is nicknamed "the kissing disease" but you can get it by sharing drinks. I was hospitalized for three days, when I was in the 10th grade because of the severe throat etc. They started me on antibiotics right away. You need to see a doctor ASAP!!!! Please do not delay!! Mono can affect your spleen, especially if you are struck in the upper left adomen.
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