Someone please help me.
I'll tell you a little about myself. I am 28/M and generally healthy. I receive a flu shot every year. I work at a dealership detailing cars. I wear masks, and gloves to protect myself.
Recently, since early Jan., I've been getting SEVERE sore throats. The first time, I thought it was just a normal cold. The sore throat came on sudden, then my body felt really sore (muscle aches - like a flu) and my breathing felt laboured. It seems to go from a sore throat to chest congestion. Lasted 4 days.
Four weeks later, the EXACT same symptoms happened. This time, it came on worse. Identical symptoms, but worse. My body was chilly and extremely achey. It also felt like my throat was closing up. It was EXTREMELY hard to swallow. Also felt like a burning sensation back of the throat. I went to a walk in clinic to rule out strep (culture test). She put me on erythromycin for 5 days "just in case" (even though I hate taking antibiotics if they're unsure if its viral, bacterial, or fungal). That lasted only 4 days as well.
This time, three 1/2 weeks later, AGAIN!!! I am missing so much work because of this. What seems to start as a harmless little sore throat turns into WWIII for my body. No point listing symptoms because they are exact same as above. This is day three, and I'm getting better, but the cough has been left behind leaving me sleepless. Sore throat is still present, but not as bad. 4 days now.
What can this be? I have an appointment with my family doctor Monday, but I'm sure I'll be better by then. Three times in three months. Recurring sore throats and chest congestion & flu-like symptoms everytime.