Monday, December 10, 2012

I CAN'T SWALLOW THAT!

by Kate Collins

It's not that I don't want to -- I have a cup of hot tea steaming away at my side -- it's that I can't because it hurts too much.

This isn't the raw throat that accompanies a cold, that horrible burning feeling. This is a severe pain in my left tonsil area that radiates into my left ear every time I swallow. It doesn't hurt otherwise, but try NOT to swallow.

I've been taking Advil every 4 hours to keep the pain dulled, but it sure hasn't subsided. I gargled with vinegar and with salt water, and I tried dripping hydrogen peroxide into my left ear (yes, that's a remedy.) But it hasn't remedied this throat pain that came on yesterday morning and grew worse all day.

Frankly, it's making me cranky. I miss my tea breaks. I should be working on my next synopsis and instead, all I feel like doing is sacking out on the sofa and being miserable (although I have been enjoying a Cosby Show marathon. I'd forgotten how funny that show is.)

Does anyone have any idea what's going on in my throat, or even better, a way to stop the pain, short of lancing my own tonsil? Trust me, I'm tempted. And yes, if it's no better tomorrow, I'll call my doctor.  In the meantime, any tips would be appreciated.

I'll drink to that -- once my throat heals.

13 comments:

  1. Hot tea with honey might help your throat....my grandmother would give me a teaspoon of honey to soothe my throat, but I think that would be more for a cough...... Hope you feel better.......

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  2. Warm lemonade works well with me. We have had the sore throat ear aches going around with us and they last a long time

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  3. A few years back I had a viral infection in my throat that was so painful. You just don't realize how many times you swallow until you have that kind of pain. Because it was viral, they didn't give me antibiotics or anything - I just had to let it pass - which really is asking a lot. Some people suggested warm tea with honey or other remedies, but it really didn't help me much. Hopefully you'll have better luck. I hope you start to feel better soon...

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  4. I had the same thing in September. It ended up being a sinus infection that turned into bronchitis. I was sick for a MONTH. Go to the doctor and get some antibiotics.

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  5. If it's not a virus, the Dr can give you something. I had a bad one once and had to live with it for 3 days before it left. I hope you feel better soon.

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  6. It sounds like the eustatian tube between your ear and throat is infected. Best thing to do is call your doctor and get some antibiotics.

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  7. A few years ago I discovered that adults do get ear infections, because I had one. I had to take antibiotics, but for my home remedy I did a triple. You steam your face over a sink full of hot water with a towel over your head. Intermittently take sips of the hot liquid, take any appropriate meds, ok four, wrap up really warm or get in bed with lots of covers.
    Even if your throat still hurts, you will have lovely skin from the steam facial.

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  8. At this stage for pain, get a numbing lozenge like Cepacol. Maybe spray or mouthwash too.

    Probably should go ahead and make that appointment with the doctor.

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  9. I'm seeing the doctor at 5 p.m. today. I'm so grateful he was able to squeeze me in. This pain is unrelenting. Lynda, you're right! We really don't realize how often we swallow -- until it's painful to do so. Thanks for all the helpful tips. I'm going to try the hot lemonade/honey next.

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  10. This sounds bad, I had a lot of throat infections that lasted for weeks a few years ago. Had my tonsils cut (at age 35!) and it never happened again. Also, all those horror stories of adults and removing tonsils did not apply, did not hurt at all, so all that icecream I bought in advance to numb my throat was wasted.

    I do hope you get better soon Kate. Liquid foods like applesauce won't hurt as much as solids.

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  11. It sounds serious. Please take care of you.

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  12. Update: Doctor says I have a tonsil infection -- just one! How weird. I'm on an antibiotic and Motrin. Thanks for all your helpful tips!

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  13. I hope your antibotic is fast acting & that you are feeling all better by now. Sore throats are NO fun.

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