Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Includes Expert Content
Swollen throat, no pain, hurting ears, sore body..
avatar
HeLachner posted:
Hello,
My name is Haley and I am a 19 year old female. About a week and a half ago, I experienced a very sore throat. My right tonsil was very swollen, my left one was barely enlarged. I was only feeling pain on the right side of my throat. After a few days of a sore throat, I started getting the body aches and felt very weak one night at work. I ran a temperature of 99. My temperature wasn't very high but even someone acidentally hitting me hurt really bad--my body was so sore. These symptoms only last a day or two. Since then, I have been really tired, my body seems a little weak at times. A few days later the pain in my throat went away but my tonsils are still so swollen, my right one in particular. They have been this way for 3-4 days now. It hurts when I turn my neck from side to side and when I feel a tremendous amount of pressure in my head when my head's upside down. My ears hurt alot too when I wake up. The funny thing is, whenver I get a swollen throat, I never get strep it's just my tonsils are swollen and it's ALWAYS more swollen in my right one.
Any ideas on what I should do? I am debating making a doctors appointment but these headaches and pressure in my head/neck is driving me nuts!
Reply
 
avatar
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Debate no longer, Haley....seeing a medical provider for a hands-on examination is really the best way to go. While your description was vivid, I really have no way to specific comment on your one-sided tonsillar problem without examining you. There can be many reasons, but one reason fin particular can be worrisome. This is a peritonsillar abscess. These can become so large and painful that they are considered a true, medical emergency. Because of nerve pathways, any enlarged tonsil (or tonsils) can cause pain to be referred to the ears and neck.

Seeing an ENT specialist would be best, but if you cannot make these arrangements, seeing your primary care medical provider is a good place to start.


Helpful Tips

Your Home Black BagExpert
Doctors used to carry black bags containing all the medical tools they would need for a home visit. Of course, that rarely happens anymore. ... More
Was this Helpful?
31 of 53 found this helpful

Expert Blog

Focus on Flu

Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.