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What causes extreme fatigue, headaches and body aches when diagnosed with strep throat?

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I was diagnosed with Strep last Sunday. I was given a shot of penicillin. I have been coughing a lot with a lot of phlegm in my throat. I had a chest X-ray and my lungs are clear. I have been extremely tired and have had headaches and body aches. Is this normal for Strep.
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 42 minutes later
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Hello and welcome,

If Strep throat was confirmed with a throat swab, and if you had a high fever, it would explain the continued fatigue and aches. But coughing and body aches (and headache) can also be from influenza. That can be tested with a rapid test too.

If your throat is still sore, and strep had been confirmed, another possibility is that the strep you have is resistant to penicillin and you may need a different antibiotic.

If strep was not confirmed on a swab test (rapid strep or culture tests), you may have a viral infection such as flu.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification.

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