Stress can certainly make your immune system a little weaker and make it easier for an infection to set in.
Your description of yellow dischare in your throat is more likely to be from a bacterial infection. Swollen lymph nodes or tender glands are common in strep throat.
Have you noticed if you have had a fever?
If a sore throat is viral the recommendation is to drink lots of fluids (llike water and diluted juices), rest, take ibuprophen or acetaminophen for discomfort. Those interventions are also good if it is a bacterial infection. Warm salt water rinses and gargle can help remove any mucous and discharge and also be soothing to the area
Because you have some symptoms of strep throat (tender glands, yellow discharge, but you didn't mention a fever, which is another sign) must get in and have a culture done and probably take antibiotics. It is so important to do this because if it is strep it can get into you blood stream causing rheumatic fever which has a side effect of damaging your heart valves.
You said you are without insurance. Unfortunately so are a lot of people. But that's another issue. I'm not sure what part of the country you are in, but at some CVS's they have what is called a "minute clinic". They are staffed by Nurse Practitioners and I believe they treat things like strep throat as well as giving flu vaccines for a reasonable price. Urgent care cllinics are more expensive but are not as expensive as going in to the ER.
It souds like you are on the right tract with the extra water and vitamin C. I personally have not heard about grapefurit seed extract's usefulness in sore throat. And unfortunatelly, for you finances this is a case where you may need antibiotics. Although one of the best medications for treating this is penicillin, and it is inexpensive. Telll the Health Practitioner that you are on a budget so that they can prescribe a generic or less expensive medication.
I'm sorry to hear about your friend. That must be devastating.
If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to write back.
Take care, Susan
You said you had yellow in your throat. What else can that be but bacteria? That is the highest priority for you to get taken care of. It sounds like you have several things going on. You need to get into a health care provider with all these symptoms. It's hard to tell about the sore, could it have been caused by trauma while eating something? What do you think? You say that it is in a line, which dosn't much sound like a canker sore but it could be. If you like I can send you information on taking care of that. But since you are already unhappy i won't do it unless this is something that you request. You treat chest congestion also with rest, drinking plenty of fluids so any congestion will begin to loosen and you will be able to cough it out. Steaming up the bathroom, by turning on warm water and closing the door can help assit the breathing. Do you have a fever? You never mentioned if you did or not. Your immunity is down, your body is tired. You need to pamper it. Styes can be viral, but usually bacterial. Often when you have chest congestion, it starts out like this, until the congestion begins to loosen.
If you have questions, you can continue to ask. This is not a set up where you just have one chance.
Another thing -- don't blame me! you have alot of stuff going on!..but the sore that you have in your mouth, if the lymph nodes are the ones that drain that area, it could indicate that you have a bacterial infection in there somehow. Especially with the jaw being painful. Additionally, of course you may not have strep, but it dosn't necessarily feel the same each time. Take care, Susan
Yes, with all of this you must feel awful. I hope you have someone around to bring you some chicken soup (the steam can help with loosening nasal congestion, but I don't think you have that).
I believe these are connected in that when you are stressed, and especially not sleeping your body runs out of the endorphins, adrenalin, and cortisol and also your body isn't getting any time to rest and repair itself. Which is why sleep is so important. This has been realized to be more important than realized in the past.
Acne is known to sometimes be related to stress hormones and sex hormone balance.
The jaw pain could be from several different things, and is hard to tell without exam of the mouth and jaw, and possibly a culture of or x ray. You need labs drawn to find out basic things about what is going on. The jaw could be from a tooth ache, and even from sinus congestion, as pain can radiate there. Possibly there is an infection. If it was swollen on the outside It might be that it could have been an inflammed salivary gland.
I have never seen a jaw infection or problem leading directly to a lung infection. I can't think of any mechanism that would cause that. You have probably a viral cold or fllu coming on and at the same time some symptoms that are bacterial.
Your lymph glands are inflammed which indicates your body is try to fight off usually bacterial but possibly viral infection.
I'm not sure about the lumps in your throat. It may be that you body is in an inflammatory response, or perhaps these are lymph related.
The sleep is really important for you and to rest right now in the day. It is better to take some time off from work or school until you feel better, otherwise you may end up needing to take a lot longer time off.
You may justs need to ask your family or friends to help you out with the medical costs. If you are going to a college campus, you may want to see if they have a clinic that you could go to first.
Sorry no answer that explains it all easily. I will be interested to find out what you find out, and yes you can write back after you accept, I always keep the posts open. And there is no further cost, until maybe later on if you had something totally new.
So get some rest! I hope you are ablle to sleep.