Could this be something more than just a cold? I've had cold symptoms, fever, muscle aches, and sore throat during this week. Now all the symptoms seem to be tapering off (no fever today, not need for a Kleenex, very little coughing) and yet my throat still hurts just as much as it did 4 days ago.
Need I remind you that the longest sore throat I've ever had has been no more than a couple days so this is really unusual.
Has anyone else had one last this long before? Could this be mono or strep throat or something? What's going on...
It seems the good news is your symptoms are tapering off. Seems wise to see a doctor for a throat culture to eliminate possible strep or mono or whatever as seven days is a long time for a sore throat. I have found mint tea real soothing to the throat, no spicy foods except for garlic, and gargle with salt and warm water 3x daily. Have you tried a chinese herbal formula called Yin Chiao? Wow, has this worked wonders for me and my friends over the years.