Strep Throat, Insomnia, Itching and Rashes – What Else Can Go Wrong?


Saturday morning I woke up with a sore throat that hurt so bad I could barely swallow.  I immediately knew what that was a sign of – strep throat.  I went to get out of bad to go to the bathroom and I felt as if I were going to pass out.  As I slowly forced myself to get ready for my son’s soccer game, I knew it was going to be a long, miserable day. It was also supposed to be a busy day with the soccer game, household chores and my step-granddaughter’s birthday party. I knew immediately, however, that I was only going to accomplish one of those activities.

As the morning passed and after I barely made it through the soccer game, I started feeling worse and worse. I developed a fever, more nausea, a severe headache that no amount of pain meds would touch, and my eyes would barely stay open. As much as I felt I needed to sleep my body refused to. I called the doctor on call and was ordered an antibiotic but I had to wait until after my husband and son came home from the party to pick it up because I was too sick to drive.

By Saturday night, I needed to sleep so bad I could hardly stand it but I was awake all night up until sometime after 5 a.m. Sunday morning. I then woke up again a little after 7 a.m. so I had less than two hours of sleep. Everytime I would start to drift off to sleep, my legs would itch severely. I have never experienced itching that bad before – it was almost nonstop.

Yesterday I did not sleep any despite being exhausted and then I started having diarrhea and that lasted most of the day. I still have the rash on my arm and I wonder now if it is not from the strep throat bacteria.

Some days all of these problems just seem so overwhelming. I know that strep throat isn’t that big of a deal but with the ME/CFS, FM, IC and then the viruses and other crap I contract I’m almost always sick, or it seems that way.

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