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Comment from: dcscrapping, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

About four days ago I was having a sore throat and muscle aches. I thought the aches were from my Fibro so I took some Ibuprofen. The sore throat got worse and I went to the doctor. He was on call, didn't do a test and told me I had an ear infection. I knew it was wrong but went home with antibiotics. I went back yesterday and was told I had strep. The test did come back negative because of the antibiotics I had been taking. I'm absolutely miserable with the sore throat. I can't remember a time that my throat hurt that bad.

Comment from: preschooldirector, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I work at a preschool and am prone to allergies. So, when I came down with head congestion, drainage, cough and a scratchy throat, I put it down to allergies and added additional allergy meds to my usual allergy meds. However, children at preschool were being diagnosed with strep throat. After 10 days of symptoms, my cough was much worse and my throat got sore. The quick swab for strep came back positive. I'm on antibiotics, a medicine to calm my throat down, and a steroid for the congestion.

Comment from: flawsandall, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have had strep throat before as a child. I don't recall the experience being this awful. I started having splitting headaches that could not be eased. Within a few days I had fever, ear pain, stomach pain, sweating, and the worst pain I have ever experience in my throat. The other night, I went in night shift on my job and it was the worst night. I could not get my fever under control. It ran 102.5 degrees most of the night. The next day I went to my local emergency room and was diagnosed with strep throat. I was prescribed meds and let go. I am feeling a little better but the pain is still horrible.

Comment from: GOOBABY, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

My sore throat lasted about three days. I noticed that drinking cool water helped. Another thing that helped quite a bit was sore throat spray. Of course, rest and plenty of fluids are your best bet!

Comment from: 2tired, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I've had strep before and it was always a horrid mess of pus and pain in my throat. This time it is different for about 8 days. I've been feeling very lethargic, stuffed nose, congestion etc. My throat started hurting then got better. I finally went to doctor for the fatigue and tested negative for strep in the office, but positive 2 days later! I'm on medications for two days now because I'm allergic to everything else. I feel horrible. I have joint pain and weakness but no throat pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My throat became tender when swallowing on Feb. 19 and that night I woke up several times with pain when I swallowed. I went to work the next day but began to fell rough. After 4hr I had to leave because the pain was awful when I swallowed and I had a terrible headache that medication didn't help. I went to an urgent care clinic and with tears streaming down my face. The doctor looked down my throat (it hurt so bad I could hardly say "ahh") and seeing white patches, he declared it strep. I was given Penicillin for 10 days & Ibuprofen 800MG. I felt better yesterday although my throat was still tender and I still had a naggy headache. Today I feel much better though I'm still weak and tired. Strep moves quickly: I went from bad to tears in 4 hours. It was some of the worst pain I have experienced in my 48 years!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I felt bad for 2 days and nights and then I went to the doctor on the 3rd day. Got a shot at 9AM, took an oral antibiotic same night and felt a lot better the next day. I went back to work the following day! Took 4 ibuprofen , which worked the best. Feel better soon!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat and swollen, tender glands. I know I was fine the night before because I sang at choir practice. I went to work for one hour, but was feeling too weak to continue, so I left and went to the doctor. I didn't have any fever in the morning, but I did by the time I got to the doctor's office. The doctor didn't think it was strep, because there was no pus in my throat, but he did the swab anyway. Sure enough, it came back positive. He prescribed 10 days of antibiotics, fluids, OTC pain killers, and bed rest until I felt better. After I got home, I was racked with joint pain and was shaking from the chills. I hurt too much to bother taking my temperature. I lay in bed with piles of blankets, in too much pain to sleep. At some time in the afternoon I thought I was going to vomit, but I was too weak to go get a bowl. I just kept willing my stomach to stay calm. The good news is that today the shakes and joint pain are pretty much gone. I am really glad I went to the doctor as soon as I did. Another few hours and I would have been unable to drive.

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