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Forum Name: Other infections

Question: Extremely Painful Left Tonsil/back of throat

 Jonnyjovial - Sat Oct 15, 2005 6:12 pm

Ive been sick off and on for 6 weeks now. Symptoms: Unbearable stinging pain/Sore throat when swallowing or drinking, englarged glands in neck, tonsils, some fatigue/tiredness, the only time i had a fever of around 100 was the first time i went to doctor. Ive been to my doctor 3 times. Ive been tested twice for mono, twice for strep throat, had some kinda blood test measuring my antibodies, and an HIV test, all came out negative/good. The first time I received antibiotics my symptoms were knocked out right away, first week of september. Then the 2nd time i went to the doctor I got antibiotics again, and my symptoms slowly went away in 6 days. Now I went back on oct 10, still had the same sypmtoms, except the pain is concentrated on my left tonsil area, there is no white puss i can see. They did another mono test and HIV(ive only had sex with one person last year, safely) They did not give me antibiotics again this time, basically said i probably have some virus stuck in my tonsil or somthing...It is killing me, miserable when i eat/swallow/drink, and hard to breath at times and talk...if i have to go to a doctor again, i hope it will be an ear/nose/throat specialist....i welcome any suggestions.
 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Sun Oct 16, 2005 3:21 pm

Has a complete blood count (CBC) been done? What are the results, in particular the total white cell count and differential count?

The symptoms you have described are suggestive of infectious mononucleosis although you state that the results came back negative twice. Other conditions that mimic infectious mononucleosis and may be indistinguishable from it include CMV, Toxoplasmosis, gonococcal pharyngitis and infections with adenovirus and herpes simplex. If you are suffering so much for the past 6 weeks, get to see an ENT specialist without delay.

Dr Anthony Solomon
Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine
 Jonnyjovial - Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:15 am

hey doctor! It has been 1.5 years since I replied to this. Well, about 6 months after this post I got my tonsils removed via coblation assisted, a recently new technique used.

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