Thanks for your question. By now, I hope that you have started to have some improvement in your symptoms and that your PCP has been able to offer help. We are usually not able to provide immediate responses to these questions, and so it is important to use good judgement and call your doctor
or go to the emergency room if you have serious questions or concerns. With regards to the cause of your symptoms, there are many potential explanations for a sore throat
. Many of the most common are infections. Viruses are the most common causes, most of which we never know the name of and classify as the common cold. Others, such as mononucleosis, can have other symptoms such as severe fatigue. Bacterial infections of the back of the throat can also be common, such as streptococcal infections known as strep throat. In these cases, a quick treatment with antibiotics can speed recovery, and testing for these infections is readily available. As you have had a long period of this sore throat, speaking with your doctor is appropriate. He or she may be able to make further recommendations, and consider other potential causative options. Please speak with your doctor.