Patient Comments: Strep Throat - Complications


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Comment from: JayGee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I had frequent strep throats as a child, through my teens into my 20s. I would gargle with salt water and take aspirin for the pain. If things didn’t get better, I would call the doctor and would be put on an antibiotic. Back in 1981, at the age of 27, I had my last strep throat. The previous day it was diagnosed. Things got progressively worse. At 7 am the next morning I was in the emergency room, near death, and diagnosed with epiglottitis. After having a tracheotomy, I could breathe again.

Comment from: Mimi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I started showing symptoms on a Thursday afternoon with a sore throat, but by midnight I had a terrible headache, my heart was racing (119 bpm), I couldn't sleep, sick at my stomach, couldn't eat and had severe muscle pain. I went to a clinic Saturday and was diagnosed with bacterial strep throat. I started antibiotics but by that night the muscle pain had progressed to be stabbing pains in various parts of my body including my head. After getting 3 antibiotics in my system I was able to finally get down some soup. I am still in pain but not as severe.

Comment from: vitalizergirl, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had a very bad sore throat for only 4 days and then it went away. The first day it was very bad and I thought, 'I wonder if this is strep'. I figured I'd wait another day and see if any symptoms of a virus might appear. Day 2 until day 4 no symptoms of a virus appeared, however I had never had a sore throat quite like this. In hindsight I should have gone for a throat culture. It hurt when I swallowed, so I tried not to swallow much. Day 4, no more sore throat, but one week later I wound up in the hospital with 104.5 temperature, severe pain in lower back, and shaking violently. Bacteria had gotten into my blood stream and I was diagnosed with bacteremia or sepsis. I was in the hospital 1 week, released home and I gave myself an IV daily of a very strong antibiotic for 3 months. The bacteria got into the base of my spine and caused an abscess. All of this occurred on 3/17/14, and I will have another MRI with and without enhancement the end of this month (August) to see if the abscess is all cleared up. I was told that this was very serious and I am blessed to be alive.

Comment from: redrose, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 13

My husband had strep throat in his 30s. He didn't go to a doctor. He has had 2 kidney transplants. He is now 63 years old. Take care of your strep throat.


Just about any painful sore throat is caused by strep. See Answer