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Sore throat, head heaviness, pain on swallowing, right hip pain, vomiting. Causes for symptoms?

Hello, Yesterday I woke up with a really sore throat . My head feels heavy and it hurts to swallow . I have my tonsils out. I also have had a stomach ache and threw up yesterday while at work. My right hip also hurts when I cough or apply pressure. Although I don t have a bad cough like a cold . Any ideas what it might be?
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

You seem to be having an upper respiratory tract infection (URI). The soreness in the throat and the difficulty in swallowing may be due to a pharyngitis (i.e. inflamation of the throat walls). The heaviness of the head may be due to the congestion due to the infection and cough is a common symptom associated with a URI / pharyngitis. The stomachache could be just co-incidental and is most likely due to an acidity / ulcer problem.

I would suggest the following remedial measures:
- Gargle frequently with salt water or disprin dispersible tablets (should be available over the counter).
- You can use saline nasal drops three times a day and also take steam inhalation to relieve the congestion.
- A mild anti-inflamatory / pain-killer medication like Paracetamol will help in relieving the pain and inflamation.
- Drinking milk, yoghurt, etc. can help in relieving the stomach acidity / ulcer problem. You can also use an antacid syrup before meals.
- Keep drinking hot fluids frequently to soothe the throat.

Your symptoms should subside gradually within a week's time. However, if you develop any high fever, severe cough with thick yellowish phlegm or breathing difficulty, then you have to consult a doctor for a proper evaluation and further management.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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