Jackie2 wrote: For the past week or so I have had a very sore throat. Yesterday I could see yellow patches on the front area of my tonsils and my lymph glands were swollen. The NP wanted to give me a script for antibiotics even though the strep test came back negative. She said I had swollen lymph nodes and wanted to know where she could have my perscription sent to.
Good on you for asking to see the Dr.. Good on the Dr for not instantly prescribing AB’s like so many do. You are steps ahead. Though your story sounds very familiar.
I haven’t seen echinacea talked about in the forum but, it’s a good way to boost the immune system. Same with golden seal if your GI can tolerate it. Garlic is another. High levels of Vit-C to level of GI toleration can really be benefit immune response.
Though, I’m a newbie and NO EXPERT whose only parroting what others have advised me with my own journey.
We shall see. Today my right side of neck is quite swollen. Lymph nodes I would guess. I told husband I was afraid I was getting a huge goiter…when I read about that. Those are caused by lack of iodine…hum…for 8 months I have only had sea salt. Thinking I will cheat on my eggs and put a little bit of regular salt today and see if that helps.
You might check your Muli-V if you take one to see if it’s included. The high potency one I take through my Dr includes iodine. They put iodine in salt as it’s used in every meal and was an easy way to get the masses enough iodine. I doubt cheating only on morning eggs is going to give you much benefit.
I’m of course looking for the worst causes…but when I looked at Mayo Clinic’s web site it sounds more like tonsillitis. Hopefully that is all I have…but I get so darn scared about everything anymore….
It’s understandable to have an increased concern about troubling occurrences once being in the know about Candida. You will drive yourself crazy thinking about all the worst case scenarios. Try to relax until you hear back from the tests (easier said than done). Me=hypocrite; what I need to tell myself over and over again.
Any thoughts on what it might be?
Depending on the condition of your tonsils and where you are at with Candida; it could be tied together or, perhaps not. Interesting your Dr mentioned a GI over an ENT..humph?
The reason I say that is due to the following…..
Long before my GI collapse in 2003, I had what Dr’s thought was re-occurring step throat; white dots on my tonsils and swollen lymph nodes month after month. My Dr.’s would prescribe antibiotics only to have them reappear even stronger in a couple of weeks after a cycle of AB’s. Eventually, I was sent to an ENT who took one look at the tonsils and said they needed to be removed. I did and haven’t had “strep throat” since. (be warned: ENT’s love to remove tonsils)
The ENT explained there were cavities in the tonsils like cavities in teeth which the strep would live in and which antibiotics wouldn’t effect. You’d kill off the outter infection with AB’s only to have the strep living in the cavities seep out again causing another infection (white dots); rinse and repeat.
Looking back now, it’s very possible it was Candida as, no culture was ever performed; nor did anyone advise to take Probiotics after AB’s EVER!! To my recent surprise, strep like candida is a normal part of the GI.
I wish you luck and soothing to your soul in short order, Jackie2. I’d be interested in hearing back about this since it so closely matches what undoubtedly was one of many contributors to my candida overgrowth.
PS – is it just me or would others rather say Candida overgrowth, rather than infection or infestation? Splitting hairs but, society is so biased I wonder what terminology people use outside the forum?