I'm sorry for not asking a paleo question per se, but I would like somebody else's opinion and from somebody whose first response isn't always to go to the doctor and get lots of pills to swallow. I realise people here aren't doctors and if it doesn't get any better I should go, which I will, but I just wanted some quick advise first.
Lately due to some things going on in my life I haven't really been looking after myself the last few months. I have not been sticking to paleo and been eating a lot of processed food, sometimes too little food and almost no vegetables. I have probably not been sleeping enough either and I have been stressed and down.
I get problems with my tonsils now and then, they get sore and I feel pretty lousy/sick for a few days but usually it blows over. I haven't had to go to the doctor for antibiotics in a long time, probably 4 years since the last time.
My tonsils got sore last Sunday. I got a high fever that lasted a few hours and my throat was very sore. The fever passed and my tonsils got better. They stayed the same for a day or two but after that it got so painful that I had problems swallowing and it felt like somebody was stabbing me in the throat with knives. The next morning I called and made an appointment for a doctor but throughout the day it got a LOT better and I could feel a drastic difference.
I cancelled my appointment because I could see it was going in the right direction. I bought some intensive Strepsils and took a few and it helped a lot. Tuesday I was feeling almost fine. My throat was a bit sore in the morning and evening but overall it was getting better and for most of the day I couldn't even tell there was something wrong with me, apart from some coughing now and then.
Yesterday I felt exhausted, I probably didn't sleep enough and I walked home and ran around town and in the evening my tonsils got a bit worse again and it hurt just a little bit to swallow. This morning it was sore too but now again it's getting a bit better.
When it was at it's worst I couldn't swallow and if I opened my mouth I could feel it straining on my tonsils and it hurt. Now there is slight discomfort and it hurts just a little bit when I swallow, but it seemed to help a bit when I had some food.
What I'm wondering is whether this is just my body being malnourished (my fingernails keep breaking and when I get a cut it takes a longer time than usual for it to heal) and taking a longer time to heal and I should focus on resting and eating better and make sure I get nutrients so my body can fight this? I don't want to put off going to the doctor and things getting worse, but I also don't want to go and have to go on antibiotics if I don't really need them.
It's only the last two weeks that I've gotten into a better place and have been able to eat a bit better, but I only started dabbling in cooking my meals again and I still need to start eating vegetables again.
Any thoughts would be appreciated :).
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Try oil pulling for the tonsilitis.
I know this is not what you've asked for, but you have tonsillitis, and you probably have a bacterial infection. Why bacterial and not viral? These types of viruses typically die off after a 8 days, and it only takes 2-3 days before you start feeling better. Also the periodicity you are experiencing is more common in bacterial infections.
You don't want to mess with sore throats. Sure many of the bacterial infections can be fended off with no medicine, but strep can become serious, and untreated can lead to a bladder infection that you do not want.
A competent doctor will not put you on anti-biotics if you don't need them. Bacterial infections of the throat are pretty easy to diagnose. Swollen Tonsils + Swollen lymph nodes in neck + Bright Red Tonsils with white spores + Incubation period longer than 3 days = Bacterial Infection.
Also, given your recent diet/lifestyle it is almost certain that you are malnourished which will diminish your body's ability to heal itself.