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Sore throat for 2 months

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aleto Tue 28-Apr-20 21:35:18

I've had a sore throat for 2 months now. It started in early March along with achy limbs. I then developed a dry cough and had some chest pain and breathlessness. Assumed it was a virus and possibly Corona so self isolated. The cough went after a week the breathlessness took a little longer. But it was all gone by the end of March apart from the sore throat. It's mainly sore at the back of my mouth/top of the throat and the roof of my mouth. I contacted my GP 3 weeks ago and was given a 10 day course of antibiotics. These haven't helped so they've now referred me to ENT although the doctor said this could take ages as obviously they are currently very busy!.
I'm getting increasingly anxious and swing between thinking it's something simple and thinking I've got cancer. Today a couple of sores have appeared on my tongue so now I'm freaking out even more!
Anyone ever experienced or heard of a sore throat that went on for so long?

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gluteustothemaximus Tue 28-Apr-20 21:37:07

I had a sore throat for about 3-6 months, it was strep throat. Too a long course of strong AB's for it to go. Felt like crap for ages though.

aleto Tue 28-Apr-20 21:45:44

Sorry, I should have said that the GP did swabs and they came back negative, no infection which I guess rules out strep throat?

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PoloNeckKnickers Tue 28-Apr-20 22:01:44

I had a sore throat for several weeks which antibiotics didn't touch. The ENT bloke said it was reflux and I was put on omeprazole and gaviscon which sorted it out.

sadie9 Wed 29-Apr-20 10:53:04

Try over the counter omeprazole for a couple of weeks. And/or Gaviscon at night. It could well be acid reflux.
Do you take any other medications? Do you drink alcohol every day or do you tend to eat late at night?
Did you take an antihistamine like Cetrine and see if that makes it go away or reduce. Worth a try.

aleto Wed 29-Apr-20 14:46:50

Thank you, I will try your suggestions.

I don't drink every day, maybe 3 times a week and then only small amounts. I eat fairly early (6 o'clock) but I will go to the pharmacy and get some medicine and give it a try.

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gluteustothemaximus Wed 29-Apr-20 15:18:48

I suffered with tonsilitis constantly as a teen. Try Difflam throat spray.

Zombiemum1946 Thu 30-Apr-20 02:50:21

Most importantly tell the gp about the sores on your tongue (could be thrush following antibiotics). Silent reflux is a big cause of throat pain, and can cause a persistent cough or aggravate an already sore throat and things like lifestyle changes (food and sleep position) can make a big difference. The effects of the changes you make may take 3 months to make a difference so you need to be patient. Gaviscon/Gaviscon advance can help. If it helps great, but regardless, go to the ent app.

aleto Thu 30-Apr-20 15:11:46

Thank you, I've started taking Gaviscon Advance and my ENT appointment has come through already which I'm very relieved about.

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Zombiemum1946 Thu 30-Apr-20 15:58:06

That's great news.

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