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Old 02-21-08, 10:58 AM
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Go to the doctor or rough it out? (throat related)

I don't really have a throat ache. It just feels like something's stuck there and like there's sandpaper every time I swallow. No other symptoms (no coughing other than on purpose to make my throat feel better, for example), no sneezing, no headache, no fever, etc.

It started Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (I took a nap at work in my lunch hour - went to sleep with a perfect throat and woke up with this 40 minutes later). I've been drinking tea with honey, eating chicken soup, and drinking warm water.

Go to a doctor or give it a few days? Any chance it's going to get worse without legal drugs? I work on the phone and Friday and Saturday there's back to back calls, and I don't want to waste sick days on being sick, so if my throat could be back to normal by tomorrow night that'd be great.

By the way my body is -really- rejecting water. Almost makes me nauseous, and that's what I drink all the time (I do soda now and then but drink pretty much just water) and drinking water is the one thing that makes my throat hurt.

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Old 02-21-08, 11:00 AM
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Drink some (green) tea and wait it out.
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I vote take your tonsils out yourself.
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I'm pretty sure they were taken out when I was 2.
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drink your urine....
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Old 02-21-08, 11:23 AM
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Don't rough it out, just tough it out.
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i had the same feeling in my throat..... i roughed it out..... 2 days later found out i had the flu....

be careful... flu epidemic is widespread
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Stand in line for 48 hours to buy a laptop that's on sale. Your throat will be fine.
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Go to the doctor, he probably needs to finish making that payment on his Mercedes by the end of the month.
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Are the glands in your throat sore too? This would be the area just below your jaw and your ear. For me this is usually an indication that my head will be congested or start running soon.
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He says you should tough it out.
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Old 02-21-08, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by wishbon3
Are the glands in your throat sore too? This would be the area just below your jaw and your ear. For me this is usually an indication that my head will be congested or start running soon.
Nope, they feel fine. It is just the junction between the back of the mouth and the throat.

I figure I might skip the $25 co-pay and get me a spray, some lozenges, Benadryl Cold and Flu, some more green tea, and some Gatorade (my official sick drink).
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try some otc prilosec/zantac, could be real subtle acid reflux.
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Old 02-21-08, 05:27 PM
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Just got home. I looked in the mirror and the glands between the ears and throat did look a little swollen, and the pharmacist at Target agreed. I was about to pick up Target-generic Dayquil and the pharmacist said it was a waste of money, so I walked out with some cherry lozenges. If I don't get better by Monday I'll go to a doctor. I guess I'll numb the suckers while my body takes care of the situation (the pharmacist said it was probably an infection, and if it's viral there's nothing to do but take care of the symptoms and wait it out).
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Could also be the BIG CASINO

are you shitting worms. if so no fear. pick some out and taste one. if its sour go directly to the Hospital. if its not sour, tough it out!
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Old 02-21-08, 05:42 PM
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Doesn't help that my temperature keeps creeping up... 97.4, 98.9, and now 100.00. If it gets to 102 it's QuickCare time.
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Originally Posted by GatorDeb
Just got home. I looked in the mirror and the glands between the ears and throat did look a little swollen, and the pharmacist at Target agreed. I was about to pick up Target-generic Dayquil and the pharmacist said it was a waste of money, so I walked out with some cherry lozenges. If I don't get better by Monday I'll go to a doctor. I guess I'll numb the suckers while my body takes care of the situation (the pharmacist said it was probably an infection, and if it's viral there's nothing to do but take care of the symptoms and wait it out).
Did the pharmacist charge you for an office visit? If so, you probably could have gotten the same vague information backed up by a completely unrelated degree for far less money.
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Uh, when has a pharmacist ever charged for advice....
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Old 02-22-08, 05:58 PM
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Well it turned into full-blown flu, and travelled up to my head - stuffiness, headache, low-grade fever (100.4), cough, sore throat. Now I'm fine - taking NyQuil, ibuprofen, and throat lozenges, so there's no pain, just the stuffiness and sounding like I have a cold.

Now the question is... Fridays and Saturdays are the two busiest nights of the week - eight hours straight each day of back-to-back calls. When I call in sick it counts as an occurrence, so 1 day or 3 days together is 1 occurrence, and I get 4 occurrences a year, so taking the personal days (2) off, leaves 2 sick days per occurrence to reach the yearly 10. So if I call in sick it's not going to be 1 day, it's going to be 2 days.

Should I go to work tonight? Would 16 hours of back-to-back calls make it worse? If it doesn't make it worse I don't mind going to work, but I hear it can easily turn into bronchitis and extend the amount of time I'm sick. So would you stay home or would you go in to work?

Also my mental prowess is not what it usually is... I was stopped at a stop sign waiting for the light to turn green, and it took 2 cars honking and passing me to realize what was going on. (went to buy food... I've stayed home and only left the house to buy medicine and food).

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