7 days ago I started with a sore throat. It quickly progressed into a common head cold. Sniffles, runny nose, tired etc... But, from the very beginning, I had serious ear pain - so much so, I had my dad check them with his otoscope and he said they looked perfectly normal. I continued with intense ear pain that turned into sinus pain and jaw/tooth pain. So, I figured it's turned into a sinus infection. No big deal - continued doing what I was doing - lots of fluids, GSE nasal spray, Tons of Vitamin C (even had 25 grams of IV vit C on Tuesday), Vit D, Oil of Oregano, super strong probiotics.
Well, two nights ago I started with low grade fevers and the sinus pain has gotten unbearable. I had the fever and pain again last night and so it got to the point that last night I took 2 vicodin (which have tylenol in them so that broke the fever temporarily). I woke up today thinking I felt better but, the pain in my sinus/jaw area is getting so intense again, I just took another vicodin.
I am not a medicine person. I rarely take anything like that - the vicodin was left over from a surgery 2 years ago.
So, at what point should I consider that this might be something more and may require antibiotics? I'm totally anti - antibiotics but, it seems to be getting worse, not better.
I'm having tons of very thick, colored phlegm from my nose and chest. Sore throat is gone but, head congestion is terrible, sinus pain is excruciating. I know if I go to one of the local care clinics they'll just prescribe antibiotics but, if there is anything else I can do, I'd rather do that.