A few weeks ago I came down with what I at first thought was the flu. The tell-tale signs of the flu first started with the creepy-crawly, sensitive skin feeling where it bothered me to have clothing on or anything touching the skin mostly on my back and limbs. Then I developed a dull, achy headache, severe myalgia (mostly in my legs and back), and fevers. The fevers would be accompanied by extreme hot sweating, followed by extreme chills. This cycle continued every 10-15 minutes for two days. My left lymph-node was swollen. I felt incredibly terrible. I hadn't felt this sick from flu-symptoms since I was a child.
After 2-3 days I developed swelling and tenderness in my left tonsil. It was red, and the gums in my mouth started to swell. I tested my temperature after another awful fever. Once during the fever, which came up to 104ºF, and another a half an hour later after taking tylenol, which also said 104ºF. A few hours later I was seen by my doctor. I did not have congestion, cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, or anything like that.
She did a swab of my tonsil, which by then had white patches, usually indicative of strep throat. Her tests came postive for strep, and I was given antibiotics and was told the symptoms would start to dissappear after about 48 hours. By then, not only was my left tonsil and gums swollen, there was also mucous or puss coming out of my gums between my teeth, with occasional bleeding, and worst of all: white mouth sores. I counted about 13 of them, on my gums, tongue, and roof of my mouth.
After 5 days the mouth and throat symptoms did not appear to be dissolving so I contacted my doctor. The nurse called me back and explained there had been a mix-up. I did not have strep. She said therefore I should discontinue the antibiotics, and the doctor was calling in a prescription for oral lidocaine for the pain in my mouth and swollen tonsil.
By this time my flu-like symptoms had dissappeared. I still had the mouth sores, but my swollen tonsil was back to normal with no white patches. Along with the white sores and swollen gums, I suddenly had the weirdest symptom of all. the gums behind my wisdom teeth (yes I still have them... my childhood dentist had said I could keep them because I was lucky enough to be one of the rare few with enough room for them, and they were growing in perfectly straight. I'm 29 and have had them fully grown in since I was 23). Anyway behind my wisdom teeth my gums became extremely red and swollen and the gums started *peeling back* from my wisdom teeth, exposing a gap, or hole between the gums and the teeth. The lidocaine that I swished helped with the mouth sores but not the gums or area behind the back of my teeth there.
I should mention I lost 6 lbs in one week because I was barely able to eat anything at all, not even liquids, due to the pain. I became dyhydrated as a result.
After a while the mouth sores kinda healed on their own, and are now gone. The gums are no longer swollen except for right behind my wisdom teeth. They aren't swollen as bad as they had been, and only slightly hurt. I can now eat and drink with minimal pain. The holes behind the teeth, however, are still there. Its the weirdest thing and I wish I could get a good picture of it to post so everyone can see.
The doctor had only given me this as an explanation: "Since it is not strep it appears to be a virus, and due to the symptoms you have, may be more than one thing. You could possibly have two or three different illnesses at once."
I would still really like to know what I had/have, either way.
This may be unrelated, but I thought I would mention it... my girlfriend whom I live with has developed some sort of strange mystery rash on her cheek and forehead that's spread to the corner of her eye and is swollen. This rash appeared approx. 6 days after the majority of my symptoms went away. I don't know if it has anything to do with me or my illness(es) but figured I'd include it anyway just in case.
Any ideas on what I might've had?
Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide!!