Last week I developed that sensation that you get when you know you're getting sick - scratchy throat, general discomfort, etc. Within a day or so, I developed really bad sinus congestion, headache, fever, body aches and pains and sore throat. I thought I just caught a bad head cold.
After about 2 days, the fever, aches and sinus congestion were gone but for about a week now I've had pain in my throat. I ONLY feel the pain I'm talking or when I yawn (no pain when I swallow or eat). It's like a sharp needle pain a little above and to the left of my adams apple
I've been prone to strep and tonsilitis, but this feels very different, mainly because I can swallow and eat with no problems, and the tonsils don't look overly swollen, red, or spotted.
Other than avoiding speaking too much, I'm just trying to drink plenty of water. I'm avoiding overly spicy food or anything that could possibly irritate it, and at night I gargle with warm salt water.
I've also noticed that when I 'pop' my ears, they seem to be crackling a lot more than normal, and a few times a day I'll get these 5-10 minute periods of dizziness where I seem off balance or everything is kinda slowly rocking back and forth, especially when standing up.
Could the throat pain be related to something with an ear infection? If so, is there an OTC medication or other remedy I can try that wouldn't involve prescription drugs or antibiotics?
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