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hmfomp posted:
Four days ago I started having strep throat symptoms on the right side of my throat with pain in the right ear. After doing some research on WebMD, I opted to not go to the doctor and let the episode run its course primarily in hopes that my body would build up immunity to strep. As WebMD mentioned, I have been taking acetiminophen and using oral analgesic religiously. Yesterday morning I woke up and the right side was back to normal but the extreme pain and discomfort is now on the left side. I have had strep numerous times in my life, but do not ever recall it moving from one side to the other. Please share with me your thoughts on what is going on and if I should do anything different. Thank you and Happy New Year!
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Unfortunately, since I do not know anything about you, your medical history, or more importantly, have any way of examining you, it is not possible to determine the cause for your throat symptoms based solely on a brief description. There are just too many diagnostic considerations that cannot be sorted out via the Internet. I have no way of knowing if you have strep or not...

As much as I would like to help, you will need a hands-on medical examination and a diagnostic test for a proper diagnosis and treatment if you continue to have this "extreme pain".

Throat pain can move from side to side if the pain is caused by post-nasal drainage, for instance. If you sleep primarily on the left, for example, the pain will likely be on the left side -- thanks to gravity.


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