I am a 24 year old woman and I have had a chronic sore throat for 3 months with NO explanation following a cold I had. I had kissed someone (french) who's health history is completely unknown to me. He works in the emergency room, which makes me wonder if I've been exposed to something more rare and bad. I got a cold 2 days later with a violent sore throat. It lasted 5 days but just as I felt normal again and over my cold (running nose/etc) .. it came back and has been progressively WORSE AND WORSE to the point I CAN'T speak without tremendous pain... not so much as a WHISPER. The throat looked very red at first as did the roof of my mouth, there was a texture change to my lips like sandpaper and my mouth was VERY dry when the sore throat set back in. From there, I've been tested for strep, mono, herpes, HIV, oral thrush and all tests were normal. A throat culture was done and came back normal yet I'm still in TREMENDOUS pain as it sharply hurts to clear my throat or speak. I've been to emergency room and ENT. Emergency room tried treating like it's GERD, didn't help, ENT tried looking with nasal cam and said no inflammation around vocal chords or cause for concern.. No one has suggestions for me. They've tried antibiotics, oral thrush medicine, GERD medicines, NO EFFECT. I'm scared I'll never speak again. I don't know what has happened. I am in so much pain and no pain medicine from Ibuprofen to Oxicodone makes a DENT in the sore throat agony.
Also: Standard blood work CBC and CMP came back normal.
PLEASE help. It started September 19 and it is now DECEMBER 3rd.
*I had Fifth Disease last year + Anemia and some health complications in the form of nerve pain and joint pain ensued, but no one has been able to explain THIS.