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!!!