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Told that I had Strep Throat...Boy Was that Wrong!!

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  • Posted By: catseye221
  • November 10, 2006
  • 11:20 PM

Two weeks ago I woke up with the worst sore throat ever...I couldn't swallow. I went to a local walk-in clinic and after a brief exam was told that I had strep throat was given Biaxin and Benzo mouth wash and was sent home. A week later (after finishing the antibiotics) I still had a sore throat when I swallowed so I went back to the same clinic, saw the same doc. and was told that strep takes some time to heal. Anyway, another week by, and the pain kept getting worse. Finally, today I woke up and I could not open my mouth. I had severe jaw pain, couldn't swallow and my left gland was very swollen. I decided to go to a different clinic and saw a new doctor. She took one look at my mouth and told me to go and see my dentist. I saw him later in the day and he told me that I have a gum infection. Once I put two and two together I remembered that I had my teeth cleaned three days before all of this started. My dentist told me sometimes when they clean the teeth bacteria gets into the gum pockets (or something like that). I think the dental hyginist dug too deep around the left molar and the area where I used to have my wisdom teeth got infected. My dentist gave my some new antibiotics (Rovamycine) and I am hoping that the pain will go away soon....it hurts like ***l!!

The moral of this story is to always get the doctor to do a swab to make sure that the infection is in fact strep....it may save you a lot of pain!!!

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  • This is angering to me. I have had at least several occasions that doctors diagnose before the lab results are in and put you on medications because they are almost certain they are right and then they aren't and meanwhile you have put out all this money and taken a drug you didn't need and probably which did more harm than good.One of these times I had an ovarian cyst (benign) which the doctor misdiagnosed as pelvic inflammatory disease and scared me into taking two very powerful antibiotics that led to a chronic yeast condition. If I had waited for the test results I wouldn't have taken the antibiotics and I wouldn't have suffered for over two years.Now I don't take any drug until the tests are back unless it is absolutely a life-threatening condition. I accept the prescription in case I need it, but I don't fill it until I know for sure. I just don't trust doctors as much as I used to. They can get very sloppy about diagnoses and while I do have sympathy for their hectic schedules they really need to be more careful because drugs kill more than a 100,000 people every year
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 28, 2006
    • 05:09 AM
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  • I had a misdiagnoses of strep throat, too, but for very different reasons. While in college I got sick...headaches, fatigue, etc. I went to health services at my school and was told by the nurse practitioner that I had a sinus infection and given antibiotics. Two days later I woke up to a raging sore throat and tonsils so large that I could not swallow. I called health services and was this time referred to the ER. The ER nurse practitioner told me that I had strep and should keep taking the antibiotics. How I could DEVELOP strep while on the meds was beyond me. They did no lab work, but gave me a shot of steroids to bring down the swelling in my tonsils and sent me home.I didn't buy it. I went to my family doctor the next day. She took one look at my thoat and told me that it was mono. No one had even MENTIONED mono before this. She did the lab work to confirm and took me OFF of the antibiotics. They were, of course, no help fighting a viral infection and were actually causing a secondary candida (yeast) infection in my throat. She was furious to learn that I never saw a doctor in the ER. Everyone is right...GET THE LABS.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 28, 2006
    • 07:32 PM
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