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constant sore throat- going on 3 months...please help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 18, 2007
  • 04:07 AM

I am a 22 year old female who leads a healthy and active lifestyle, but for the last 3 months I have had a painful sore throat. I don't smoke, eat red meat, or drink except for special occasions. It feels itchy, dry, hard to swallow, and all-around painful. That's the only thing that I can tell is wrong with me. I got tested for strep (negative), mono (negative), hypothyroidism (negative). I have been treated with a z-pack for infection which did nothing. I have been prescribed aciphex (sp?) because my ENT thought that maybe acid reflux was hurting my throat. That also did nothing. I had a ct scan with injection that showed nothing. Help! What is wrong with me? It is affecting my entire life. It hurts to talk for too long of a time, i can't really go out at night because the smoke in bars REALLY irritates my throat, I can't work-out for longer than 1/2 hour without feeling so parched that I have to get off the treadmill and chug water like never before. The only thing I've noticed is that it seems to hurt worse at night. I am waiting on an appointment with a new ENT, but does anyone know what could possibly by causing my throat pain? Do I need my tonsils out? Aren't I a little old for that?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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  • I had a sore throat that was horribly sore for a few days, but only when I went to sleep. I would wake up and have trouble breathing. My doctor thought it was allergies but finally I found the problem. After chasing my cat under the bed I noticed the carpet was wet along the outside wall. Underneath there was mildew and mold growing. I contacted my apartment complex and immediately stopped sleeping in there. They assumed it was minor but when I told them of my health problems and doctor's visits, they cleaned it right away. Soon after, my throat stopped hurting. I was even prescribed several heavy duty cough syrups but none worked. Check the area you sleep for dampness or mildew. Try a de-humidifier in your room. Or get an air conditioning expert to see if there are any problems with humidity.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 09:50 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply, saucy. However, I don't have carpeting in my house- only hardwood floors. And, we already run a dehumidifier. Any idea what else could be causing such a long sore throat ?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 11:43 PM
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  • Don't have your tonsils out unless you have strep MANY times. It was no fun at 27 and now I get chest colds that I never had before. (I haven't had one in 3 years though, knock wood...). All I can think of is GERD, snoring, some kind of pharyngitis etc. Have you taken Claritin or something like that for post-nasal drip? Does you throat LOOK red and swollen? or does it just feel that way. Is it an ear infection with referred pain to the throat? From the Mayo Clinic...Other common causes of sore throat include:Allergies. The same pet dander, molds and pollens that trigger allergic reactions such as red, swollen eyes and a runny nose can also cause a sore throat. Dryness. Dry indoor air, especially in winter when rooms tend to be overheated, can make your throat feel rough and scratchy, particularly in the morning when you first wake up. Breathing through your mouth — often because of chronic nasal congestion — can also cause a dry, sore throat. Pollution and other irritants. Outdoor air pollution can cause ongoing throat irritation. But indoor pollution — especially tobacco smoke — is an even greater cause of chronic sore throat. What's more, inhaling secondhand smoke is often just as damaging as smoking itself. Smokeless tobacco, alcohol and spicy foods can also inflame your throat. Muscle strain. You can strain muscles in your throat just as you can strain them in your arms or legs. If you've ever gotten a sore throat after yelling at a concert or sporting event, you've likely strained your throat muscles. Acid (gastroesophageal) reflux disease (GERD). This occurs when stomach acid backs up into your food pipe (esophagus). Normally, a circular band of muscle (lower esophageal sphincter) blocks acid from coming up into the esophagus. But if the sphincter relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can back up, irritating your throat as well as your esophagus. Throat irritation caused by GERD doesn't occur with other symptoms of a viral illness, and it tends to be persistent, rather than lasting just a few days. It's also far more common in adults than in children. In many cases, you can prevent or reduce acid reflux with simple lifestyle changes — losing weight, avoiding foods that cause you discomfort and not eating right before bed, for example. When these aren't effective, over-the-counter or prescription medications may offer some relief. HIV infection. HIV-positive people with low CD4 counts sometimes develop a chronic sore throat. This isn't due to HIV itself but to a secondary infection such as oral thrush or cytomegalovirus, a common viral infection that can be extremely serious in immunocompromised people.Tumors. If you smoke or abuse alcohol, you're at high risk of tumors of the throat, tongue and voice box. In some people these tumors cause few, if any, signs and symptoms. In others, they can lead to hoarseness, difficulty swallowing and sore throat.http://www.mayoclinic.com/images/nav/elem_sectionarrow_previous.gifhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/images/clear.gif http://www.mayoclinic.com/images/clear.gifhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/images/nav/print_icon.gif
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 07:44 AM
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  • Has anybody told you that you may be suffering from Sjogren's? Sjogren's Syndrome is a disease where your white cells beging to attack your glands. The salivary gland is often damaged by this disease and can cause your mouth to become very dry, also, the lymph nodes in your neck can also become swollen. Have you had dry eyes? I have been having the same problems as you've described and this is the only thing that I can come up with.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2008
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  • A persistent sore throat can be due to an underlying condition, but in the absence of other symptoms, the most common cause for non-infectious pharygitis is something called vasomotor rhinitis Unlike allergic rhinitis, where allergens cause a response by tissues, vasomotor rhinitis has more to do with a response from the mucous membranes and tissues as a consequence of the condition of the air or other environmental circumstances. People who say that their nose becomes stuffy or that their sinsuses weep when going from a cold to hot environment or vice versa would represent an example of vasomotor rhinitis. Mucous membranes can become very dry under certain conditions and the normal process by which the cillia transport foreign particles to the saliva for disposal becomes affected. Irritation can become chronic in nature and is often detected when speaking for a long time or swallowing. As you certainly know, speaking or talking for extended periods drys out the mouth. People sometimes mouth-breathe at night, which can induce further dryness to the membranes. In some cases, inflamed tonsillar tissue can be seen at the back of the throat, appearing as intermittent bumps or raised areas. A sore throat would not suggest the need for a tonsillectomy and only in cases where the tonsillar tissues are grossly scarred and hypertrophied do we consider surgical removal. Unless you are experiencing other unexplained symptoms, I'm going to call this one vasomotor rhinitis. It is typically self-limiting but does not represent the cyclic nature that allergic rhinitis demonstrates, so you can experience it during any point of the year. If you continue to experience symptoms or they worsen, I would recommend evaluation by an ENT specialist. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 01:53 AM
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  • Do a Google search on "Chronic Sore Throat / Mood Virus — an Emerging New Virus"OR see http://chronicsorethroat.wordpress.com/
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 17, 2008
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  • Ive had this too. I was told I had the acid reflux thing. A quick indiccation is if you burp alot. I did a lot of food lifestyle changes like over chewing my food and avoiding heavy foods close to the time I'm going to rest. Another thing that my mom told me was that the air conditioner in my apartment may be causing it because when I sleep, i sleep with my mouth open. I got a little mask that I sleep in to keep the air out. When I'm sleeping out I keep the covers over my face. I hope this helps. the first time I looked up constant sore throat and saw HIV I was scared out of my mind. I went to all sorts of worry, doctors appointments. It's good to go to the doctor, but sometimes the simple answer is where its at.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 28, 2009
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  • So Meadow tell us what was the problem maybe you can help others like me.I have sore throats on-going problem. Lots of sinus problems. I have non-allergy been tested all negative. Found no meds that help. Sneeze lots daily. Go to bed at night and one nostril is always stopped up. Flip-flop all night trying to breathe. Not GERD, have had Nisan Wrap. No carpet, have hardwood and porcelain tile. I am going to an ENT next. I've had this for years. I am 51 male. Any assistance appreciated.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 11, 2009
    • 07:21 PM
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  • Allergy testing is not 100% accurate. Both my kids test negative to everything...but once I stop the singulair & zyrtec they start sneezing, coughing and end up with bronchitis and/or sinusitus. I would try zyrtec for at least 3 months without stopping and see how it goes. Coughing & sneezing are signs your body is trying to get rid of SOMETHING...either an allergen or an irritant (chemical, mildrew, etc). Sneezing & coughing daily is not normal.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 16, 2009
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  • Please please read. I had a similar problem, i was ill for about 8 weeks, then a constant sore throuat sometimes with white spots and lasted about 4 months. I was forever getting cronic headaches and my energy levels were completely exausted. I would sleep for 10 hours and still be really tired all day. I went to the doctors and got tested for glandular fever, HIV (terrifying) and strep throat. All came back negative. I thought i might be gluton intolerant, lactose intolerant, not eating properly, not living by a routine, eating at wrong times, chronic fatigue syndrome, have anemia, have diabetes type 2, going out too much......the list went on but changing these variables made no difference. Clearly my friends thought i was a hypochondriac!! Generally i went out less than my friends and went to the gym regulary and ate healthier which annoyed me because they were full of energy and happy all the time, why wasnt i? It all got too much is was mainly the low energy that did it, which lead to depression, forgetfulness, low concentration and avoiding friends and social situations because i just didnt have the energy. I started a course of antidepressants that helped my snappy/stressy/tired attititude but not my problem. In fact i was sleeping more! With no options left i felt this was something i was gonna have to live with that did make me feel low but tried to remain positive about what i did have in life. When all hope was lost i had a break through the other day, a friend stopped in my room after we'd been out and the next day she had a sore throat. Thinking about it this had happened before with other friends but thought it was the ventilation in the bedroom. I already bought an air purifier because i thought it might of been my allergys causing my problems, and i have asthma. Infact i thought back to my time at the hospital where they tested me and told me i was allergic to animal hair/ dustmite/and mould (found both in and out of the house) as well as other allergens. Thinking about it further i realised it was the moisture in the air naturally in the bedroom and leaking out of the en-suite. A damp house is the perfect breeding ground for house mould and it thrives. I bought a dehumidifier and i actually cant believe the difference!!! My breathing which was always a little tight has improved rapidly, i was always stuffed up with cold..its gone. My head aches have gone, IBS has stopped, My skin has improve and i just look so much healthier, my bags under my eyes (which were always there) have gone and more importantly my energy levels are back!! (and what kind of life can you live with no energy!!) In fact i just woke up early this morning and thought id come online and let others know how this has worked for me. I cant believe i over the past months were sleeping more because i thought i needed to rest, but was resting longer in a room that was poisoning me further, worsening my condition??! Now this may not be your problem but hey you might as well give it a go. It could be allergys to the same thing or something else? The air is full of so many nasty things you wouldnt believe. So........first things first. Air out your flat/house daily opening all doors and windows. Have a good hover and tidyup and get everything clean!!...Especially in the bedrooms where you spend half your life!! It makes sense the conditions in this room have to be healthy for you to thrive as a person!! Buy yourself a air purifier and dehumidifier (i bought mine from argos and got the best ones possible) but go to allergymatters.com where it has reviews on them, you can also buy them reasonably cheap and it will tell ya about allergys, the effects and has other solutions and ways of dealing with them. I hope this helps you all. Let me know if it does? Gavini54@hotmail.com Goodluck!!! Gav x
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 29, 2009
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  • CHRONIC SORE THROAT VIRUSThere is a chronic respiratory virus going around, which quickly spreads to the whole body and brain. Its symptoms include: extreme anxiety, depression, fatigue, mental confusion, chronic sore throat, constant stuffy nose, fine skin wrinkling, and weak legs.See here: http://chronicsorethroat.wordpress.com/
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  • I am a 22 year old female who leads a healthy and active lifestyle, but for the last 3 months I have had a painful sore throat. I don't smoke, eat red meat, or drink except for special occasions. It feels itchy, dry, hard to swallow, and all-around painful. That's the only thing that I can tell is wrong with me. I got tested for strep (negative), mono (negative), hypothyroidism (negative). I have been treated with a z-pack for infection which did nothing. I have been prescribed aciphex (sp?) because my ENT thought that maybe acid reflux was hurting my throat. That also did nothing. I had a ct scan with injection that showed nothing. Help! What is wrong with me? It is affecting my entire life. It hurts to talk for too long of a time, i can't really go out at night because the smoke in bars REALLY irritates my throat, I can't work-out for longer than 1/2 hour without feeling so parched that I have to get off the treadmill and chug water like never before. The only thing I've noticed is that it seems to hurt worse at night. I am waiting on an appointment with a new ENT, but does anyone know what could possibly by causing my throat pain? Do I need my tonsils out? Aren't I a little old for that? Any input would be greatly appreciated.I actually had this problem a few years back, where I had a constant sore throat and couldn't figure out what was wrong. I was also tested for strep, mono, and thyroid issues and they all came back negative. It was later found that I had an infection in one of my teeth, which caused the sore, dry throat issue. Maybe a check-up at the dentist shouldn't be ruled out?
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  • There is more information on the symptoms you all describe here, and a forum where many of us suffering from this are beginning to post and build a community. I have been dealing with this for three years now, and many others on the blog have been dealing with it longer. this site filters links so i'm gonna break it apart. If the link gets filtered, do a google search for "chronic sore throat mood virus" and click on the link that should be right near the top that is a word press blog.
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  • I'm a 36 year old female I have been having similar problems since Christmas 2009. I have always suffered my whole life with sore throats and colds and that is my weakness - but never before have I been as ill as I have this year. It started at Christmas with a throat infection, after a while and some antibiotics I recoved but then a few weeks later I got a really bad cold (more like flu) the doctor discovered through some blood tests I was iron deficient so I took a strong course and within a few weeks got better. Only a few weeks later to get another flu - and the cycle has been like this all year. My iron has been checked again and is now apparently ok so its not that. I've had a bad cold (lasting around 10 days) almost every month this year, I recover, feel fit and healthy (although tired) for a few weeks then it starts again. I've had every test imaginable in the hospital - including allergy tests (all negative) and they can find nothing - they now put it down to stress as I've always worked long hours and perhaps not looked after myself the best I could have. So I now lead a much simpler life and eat very healthy organic food, do yoga and work a lot less hours (for the last month I haven't worked at all and did feel healthy - but tired). I take all the right vitamins and do everything else right I can. I barely drink alcohol now - maybe a glass of champagne or wine at a special occasion or dinner but nothing more.In between each bout of flu, I'm usually left with a sore throat. Sometimes it goes completely and I actually feel 100% healthy - but it usually pops up now and again (like today when it feels bad), its a strange sore throat - just on one side of my throat and it actually feels like something is stuck there although it isn't, I have a lot of catargh and I think that is what causes it but what myself - or no one else can understand - is why I get it, or all the colds. Maybe they aren't even connected but I assume they are.We have a very very clean house, I'm a clean freak, we have wood floors and I'm always cleaning and we open the doors/windows to let in fresh air each day. We also sleep with the window open.We have a neighbours cat that loves to come into our house, I've suggested to my husband this could be the cause of my problems but because I've had all the allergy tests (negative) and because the doctors don't think its this - my husband says it can't be and so continues to let the cat in. He comes in nearly every day now and sometimes stays. I'm not sure a cat can cause you to have flu regularly and be so run-down (when I get the flu's I also get things like mouth ulcers and bad spots which show I'm just completely run down) but I do worry it perhapas influences the sore throat, but no one in the medical profession seems to think so.Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to this awful year I've had and these recurrant illnesses and sore throats?Thank you!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 18, 2010
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  • Hi, I'm currently suffering from this now! I've had mine for over a month and it's soooo annoying! I've been to the doctors and they just said it's a viral thing. But i've had it for so long. The back of my throat is red and discoloured and quite honestly very unattractive. It hurts more at night as well. The doctor gave me penicillin antibiotics and said it may or may not help and i've found they haven't helped at all. I suffer from hayfever but this isn't the same. I've had tonsillutis and it's not that. I know what reflux feels like and it's not that so I understand your frustration!!! If anyone can help I'd be just as greatful! Good luck though!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 6, 2010
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  • Hi ,I've been suffering from a chronic sore throat for almost 16 months now ,,i tried everything including surgical operation for my deviated nasal septum ,sinuses ...i tried probiotics and prebiotics ,quitted smoking ,changed my house ,used humidifiers ,,i heard that if could be something mental where my inner body wants to give a certain message about self respect and creativity..please tell me if you solved your problem and how ?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 10, 2010
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  • I am a 22 year old female who leads a healthy and active lifestyle, but for the last 3 months I have had a painful sore throat. I don't smoke, eat red meat, or drink except for special occasions. It feels itchy, dry, hard to swallow, and all-around painful. That's the only thing that I can tell is wrong with me. I got tested for strep (negative), mono (negative), hypothyroidism (negative). I have been treated with a z-pack for infection which did nothing. I have been prescribed aciphex (sp?) because my ENT thought that maybe acid reflux was hurting my throat. That also did nothing. I had a ct scan with injection that showed nothing. Help! What is wrong with me? It is affecting my entire life. It hurts to talk for too long of a time, i can't really go out at night because the smoke in bars REALLY irritates my throat, I can't work-out for longer than 1/2 hour without feeling so parched that I have to get off the treadmill and chug water like never before. The only thing I've noticed is that it seems to hurt worse at night. I am waiting on an appointment with a new ENT, but does anyone know what could possibly by causing my throat pain? Do I need my tonsils out? Aren't I a little old for that? Any input would be greatly appreciated.Meadow, your symptoms sound exactly like mine, and what I have is now chronic rhino-pharyngitis. I'm not sure if that's your case but try checking for that. Extremelly common condition.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 17, 2010
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  • READ THIS!~For anyone having prolonged sore throat symptoms: My 51 year old husband had been suffering for 4 months with a sore throat which he described as "burning which never goes away" from the top of his neck to the mid chest area. He had seen many doctors and had gone through 3 courses of antibiotics without success. He would sometimes feel better in the morning but by mid-day he felt awful and exhausted. His voice would get hoarse and sometimes he would lose his voice by the end of the day. At first we thought he had caught a virus and had the flu or cold, but after 4 months of suffering we realized it was not a virus but something else. He saw internists, a cardiologist, a pulmonary specialist, and a ENT specialist. Every doctor changed his medications but nothing seemed to work or fix the problem. Finally yesterday he saw a different internist who diagnosed him with ACID REFLUX! He explained that the burning sensation was acid coming back up the esophagus and entering the entrance to the lungs and vocal cords. The acid irritated the membranes so that's why it had that burning sensation. He prescribed some medications and today for the first time in 4 months, my husband felt so much better that he went surfing! Also, when we found out that my husband's blood pressure medication Toprol (beta blockers) could predispose a person to acid reflux; and acid reflux is hereditary (his mom had acid reflux). All this time we thought his symptoms were related to colds or viruses but it was not that at all (his throat cultures for Strep was negative; chest X-ray normal; no tumors; vocal cords appeared inflamed). So all of you who are having sore throats for a long period of time without fever, please have your doctor evaluate you for acid reflux! See if your symptoms start to get better when you're treated for ACID REFLUX! Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 21, 2011
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  • I have had the exact same problem. My doctor wants me to take the foods that I have an allergy to, and remove them from my diet for two weeks. I have been seeing an allergist and ENT for over a year with the same problem. I don't know if it is reflux or not. I have taken Aciphex along with seriously 10-15 other medications. My docotor also scheduled me for a ct of my throat. I really don't want to have it done because I feel it will reflect the same way the endoscopy did, NOTHING. I am getting tired of spending money and having no solution. Just wanted to let you know that I feel you and hope you find some relief. I am still working on it.I am a 22 year old female who leads a healthy and active lifestyle, but for the last 3 months I have had a painful sore throat. I don't smoke, eat red meat, or drink except for special occasions. It feels itchy, dry, hard to swallow, and all-around painful. That's the only thing that I can tell is wrong with me. I got tested for strep (negative), mono (negative), hypothyroidism (negative). I have been treated with a z-pack for infection which did nothing. I have been prescribed aciphex (sp?) because my ENT thought that maybe acid reflux was hurting my throat. That also did nothing. I had a ct scan with injection that showed nothing. Help! What is wrong with me? It is affecting my entire life. It hurts to talk for too long of a time, i can't really go out at night because the smoke in bars REALLY irritates my throat, I can't work-out for longer than 1/2 hour without feeling so parched that I have to get off the treadmill and chug water like never before. The only thing I've noticed is that it seems to hurt worse at night. I am waiting on an appointment with a new ENT, but does anyone know what could possibly by causing my throat pain? Do I need my tonsils out? Aren't I a little old for that? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Hello everyone. My name is Stan; I'm from Florida and is currently on SSI disability. I've been dealing with the same issue for about a month now; and after some research online, have come to the conclusion this may all be the result of an ear infection. Research Swimmers Ear; or, Otitus Externa. Either way, this infection causes mucus to drain from the infected ear area to the throat; which make it hard to swallow and sometimes difficult to breath. It also make your throat dry and scratchy; making you thirsty all the time. Note; I'm NO DOCTOR!!! As mentioned earlier, I'm in the same boat as you are. I plan on talking to my doctor next week when I see her for a scheduled appointment. Til then I will just deal with this. It is uncomfortable but not life threatening. I hope this information help those who need it. As long as I have water and can burp I am 10-4!!
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