Patient Comments: Strep Throat - Experience


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Comment from: Alicia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

Strep throat is one of the most painful conditions! I woke up yesterday morning to a severe sore throat and swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. I looked in the mirror and noticed pus all over my right tonsil along with it swollen. Had horrible body aches all day yesterday and my right ear was aching as well. I started amoxicillin yesterday and my fever seems to have broken overnight. It is still very painful to talk or swallow. Hopefully that subsides soon.

Comment from: Jason the Foreigner, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I am 20, and this is the first time I've gotten strep throat. I am actually abroad in Japan right now. For the last three days, I've had an increasingly sore throat, swollen thyroids, inability to sleep due to pain, and difficulty breathing. The Japanese physician actually checked my mouth out and diagnosed me with 'acute tonsillitis' in 3 seconds, didn't even test. He prescribed a day’s worth of two antibiotics. Hopefully I won't need them for much longer.

Comment from: Doxiemom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I went to bed on a Sunday night and was chilling pretty bad. I didn't feel bad, just freezing. I thought maybe it's just too cold in our house. I ended up waking up around 2 am and was burning up hot with a high fever. I started to feel really bad by this point. I alternated between ibuprofen and Tylenol and slept. I thought maybe I'd gotten a bug until my throat started throbbing and became really swollen with the white patches. I decided to just treat it at home but I started vomiting by the 2nd day and was now dealing with migraines that made me feel like I was dying, I hated it! I cried and cried, the pain was so bad. I finally went to the clinic on a Wednesday and had a positive strep test and was given amoxicillin 500mg 2 times a day for 10 days. I was also given nausea medicine and an injection for pain. I went home and felt like I was just getting worse, I finally decided on NyQuil severe at bedtime since nothing else was working for the pain and I felt about 5 times better. So I'm going on day 5 of strep throat symptoms, I'm starting to feel a little normal again but trying to take it slow and stay away from sneezing, coughing people. Kind of hard when you’re a mom of 2; anyway, get to the doctor quick if you have any of these signs!

Comment from: LadyContagious, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

During my life, I have had strep throat or tonsillitis too many times to count. Tonight I went to the emergency room. My throat felt like hot needles were sticking in it. I have been having a fever on and off. Only Tylenol brings it down for a few hours. Since I had a cough, the nurse kept saying, I think it is a virus. Luckily, the doctor saw the numerous pus pockets all over my tonsils and ordered testing. After a very long wait, it came back positive for strep. Some people do have a cough with strep. I knew when my fever had been going up to near 103 for 24 hours that it could possibly be strep. You know your body better than anyone. Sometimes you have to be adamant, because not every patient is textbook. I will be so glad when it is over. Being around kids, especially when they are sick is not the best thing. You want to hug and love them when they feel bad, but sometimes you pay for it later. But they are worth it.

Comment from: mrsgenge, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

The pain of strep throat is excruciating. First of all, you generate an awful lot of saliva. When I swallow, it literally feels like the back of my throat is catching on itself and like my tonsils get stuck mid-swallow. The pain that you have with strep throat is unlike anything else. It's like, when you swallow, there is this sharp object stuck in the back of your throat. The back of your throat drags over this sharp object, and has both an aching and stinging sensation. My two daughters have both had strep throat. They have been known to feign sickness just so they can get out of school. Nowadays, if they are genuinely warm and they say their throats hurt, I will believe them. What a ghastly, putrid condition.

Comment from: bloo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I just wanted to say it's incredibly selfish to not see a doctor because those antibiotics help prevent your children from getting it and anyone else for that matter, since 24 hours on it ends being contagious.

Comment from: Susan s., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

I have a sore throat and ears because of strep.

Comment from: Nursing Student 2015, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I had strep throat twice when I was 11 and attending public school. My symptoms were sore throat along with red spots on my soft and hard palate, and low grade fever. Now, at 22 the symptoms I had was coughing, swollen lymph nodes, headache and low fever of 101.3. My brother had the same symptoms and checked out for strep throat. I knew I had the same thing. It's crazy how much your body changes over the years. Yet you still feel lousy.


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Comment from: mikee, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 08

It's too painful to swallow solid food with strep throat. My fever is on-and-off between 37.5 and 39 degrees C. I have stabbing headaches and my whole body is also painful, muscles and joints. I have shortness of breath, at times my hearing is affected, and I can sense a lull effect. I have a little stress at my chest (especially heart area), my taste bud is so bitter. I over-perspire, especially after taking antibiotics and at night; my sweat is so sticky.

Comment from: Racine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

On 6/12 I woke with nausea, by noon I couldn't keep anything down. I thought I must have the flu and would ride it out. On Friday the 13th, I went to urgent care with a temperature of 102.4, body aches, and my neck hurt, but no sore throat. My head felt like it would explode every time I upchucked. After swabs, I found I had strep. With amoxicillin, Toradol shot for pain, and another for nausea, I thought restored health was 2 days away. It is the 17th and I still can't keep anything down for long. I was back to the doctor on the 18th to see what to do next; I'm allergic to Advil so reacted to the Toradol with hives. Benadryl and prednisone made me so wired I gave up on that on the 16th. Time to take my medicines and I am fighting to keep the crackers down. I had no idea strep acted this way.

Comment from: Michelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have not had strep throat since I was a teenager. I'm 50 now. My experience was, rapid onset of a scratchy throat, dry cough, body aches, fevers chills and a terrible headache. I felt terrible and temperature kept climbing despite taking aspirin and Motrin. My doctor's office was closed because of Christmas. When my temperature spiked 102.4 I found an urgent care since I knew it was the flu, but it was strep throat with positive rapid strep test. I was placed on antibiotics etc. Finally was able to sleep for more than 1 hour! It's been 9 hours since I started the antibiotics, Tylenol and Mucinex and I slept 7 hours and my headache is gone and I can breathe through my nose again.

Comment from: Pontis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I was diagnosed with strep throat at the age of 14 or 15. It was a ghastly, painful experience. I believe I still suffer the aftermath. I've read that it can be the cause of rheumatic fever. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis later in life (missing protein).

Comment from: surya, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

Never in my life have I had this kind of pain, it is like someone is passing a knife when I swallow. This is my fifth day of strep throat and the pain is reduced by just 5 percent. I don’t know why these kind of painful throat infections were created, just one word to describe it, 'deadly'!

Comment from: Pascale, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

My strep throat has been very painful... all over the body but mostly the throat, and fever. I"m only eating liquid such has apple sauce, yoghurt, honey, Lipton soup and lots of water. And after a visit to the doctor I"m on penicillin.

Comment from: Mom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

Whenever I get a sore throat, I check it with a flashlight. If there is pus (white spots) covering my tonsils and I have a fever, then I know I have strep throat. I get it once a year. However, if my children, aged 8 and 5, have a fever for 2 days and a sore throat, I go the doctor (even if I don"t see pus). Untreated strep throat can be very dangerous.

Comment from: dermo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I have extreme pain in the throat. It’s been 4 days so far with strep throat, I can't sleep but got 1 hour last night. The problem is the pain is most extreme when you wake, and started increasing 1 day ago. The glands in my neck are very swollen and ears are aching; I’m hoping for this to end.

Comment from: meg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

One afternoon I was extremely fatigued but didn't think much about it until my throat began hurting and I felt chilled. I took my temperature and it was 103. That night I could not sleep, I had a severe headache, the worst sore throat of my life, and a rash all over my left arm and behind my left knee. The next morning I went to a walk-in clinic and the doctor swabbed my throat and confirmed strep throat.


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