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Have a slight burning sensation in back of throat,

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Have a slight burning sensation in back of throat, lethargic, somewhat achy ear or ear pressure. I just turned 26 I drink rather often(4 times a week) or so for the past year and I use tobacco pouches. I drink a lot of coffee at work as well and have a poor diet. Main issue however is feeling weak, burning in back of throat, ear issue. A coworker said he had mono recently. So I believe it could be mono or gerd. Thoughts?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 2 months ago.

Hello Nick I'm Dr Chip

How long has this been going on?

Any fever?

Any swollen lymph nodes?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I haven't checked for a fever and don't have a way to check currently but no swollen lymph nodes to my knowledge and it's been going on for probably 4 or 5 days, just feel weak, headache on occasion, burning sensation in throat, somewhat hoarse and then ear pressure or pain
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 2 months ago.

OK

Doesn't sound like mono and GERD wouldn't give you lethargy

It could either be a viral pharyngitis or the flu either of which usually run their course in about 7 to 10 days.

For now I'd suggest oral probiotics and zinc lozenges to help for the time being

Please let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I'm a hypochondriac so could you rule out any sort of cancer at this point?
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 2 months ago.

I understand

No way would I consider any kind of cancer here