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Forum Name: Ear Nose and Throat

Question: feeling hopeless


Hopeless - Mon Jun 14, 2004 5:34 pm

Hi everyone! I hope someone is able to help me. Most recently I got a sore throat on April 24 & it is better, but I still suffer from swollen tonsils & lymphnode under jaw & my throat is still scratchy & I loose from voice from time to time. I also have Coughing spells when my throat gets dry. I'm also tired & ran a Fever for the first 3 to 4 weeks. I have been sick for 8 weeks & am not getting better. I have seen doctors, & have taken 2 different Antibiotics, but they did not help. The Antibiotics have caused other thing to go wrong, female things. I had 2 quick strep test: 1st negative & second positive. A cpt (?) test which said it was bacterial. Doctor had 5 vial of blood drawn & they found nothing except a slightly high sedrate level; no virus present. I have other symptoms but am not sure they are related: not reaching deep sleep, tired, Headaches always at base of skull, pain in shoulders, arms & hands. CML & Lupus run in family but I have been checked. FMS also runs in family as well as CFS. Doctors all say no to these. Does anyone have any advice? Any help appreciated. God bless.
Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Jun 14, 2004 9:06 pm

Hopeless,

Chronic throat infection is usually caused by inadequate treatment of an acute throat infection. This can happen if you have any of the list of conditions below:
    smoking
    excessive drinking of spirits
    mouth breathing
    chronic sinusitis
    chronic periodontal disease
    exposure to harmful industrial fumes
    long-term use of antiseptic lozenges

From your profile, I can tell that the first two are not a problem for you. Do you constantly breath from your mouth due to a blocked nose? Are you overusing lozenges.
Hopeless - Wed Jun 16, 2004 6:45 pm

Thank you Doctor Fouad. I do constantly breath through my mouth, but have done so all my life. It is not that I have a blocked nose but that it is easier for me to breath through my mouth than my nose. Almost like I can't get enough oxygen in my lungs through my nose. I am exposed to 2nd hand smoke constantly & have trouble breathing when I get around it; I myself do not smoke. I get regular checks from the dentist and have been told I have perfect teeth & gums. My dentist has already check & ruled out that theory last week. I don't think the rest apply to me. I only started taking Cough drops 3 days ago, because developed Cough, & have been sick for 2 months. My tonsils & lymphnodes are swollen, have delevoped a Cough, and my throat feels scratchy. When I first got sick I had a 101 degree temp, white patches on my tonsils, my voice went in & out, and a sore throat. I still feel tired all the time, which I guess could be from trying to fight infection. I have been diagnosed with 3 different things all which proved to be misdiagnosis by own doctor: bacterial infection, strep, and impacted tooth. Went through 2 different antibioctics which did nothing to help & I have all my teeth & no wisdom teeth & dental x-rays show no impacted tooth. My blood work showed no virus. Could it be possible it is the second hand smoke? Maybe an allergy? Any suggested reading material? Is there anything I can ask my doctor to look for? Thank you for your valuable time and expert advice.

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