Anyway, I started the antibiotics at around 11 this morning, but it's not like they're helping with the pain yet. I've been drinking hot tea, hot soups, anything I can think of to make it better. I finally decided that I was willing to try anything to make the pain recede a bit. I came upon a site, Earth Clinic, and people were talking about a cayenne pepper gargle. I just tried it and surprisingly it has helped. It still hurts, but I think I might actually be able to take a nap now. At this point I'll take any temporary relief I can get!
ETA: I got my results back today and it's definitely strep.
Edited by GardenStream - 3/17/11 at 10:37am