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My throat started to hurt very badly about 2 days ago. It hurt worse whenever I swallowed, and I had a low fever that was 101.5 at its highest. I felt achy and I had a little bit of a headache too. my throat still hurts really bad and I've been coughing a little at night-- not coughing anything up, but just coughing because my throat is really dry. today when I woke up it was hard for me to talk and my voice was really raspy. what do you think I have? I'm going to the doctor later today
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i dont have tonsils lol...i got them taken out when I was 6

Difficult to say if viral or bacterial since can't actually see the throat or feel glands. Sounds to me like the flu. Flu symptoms usually last for 7-10 days and there really isn't much you can do but relieve the symptoms. The aches and pains are probably associated to the fever and Ibuprofen/Tylenol should help with this. If there are white pustules or foul breath this could indicate strep throat/tonsillitis and this would require an antibiotic treatment.
Try not to take any medications for 4 hours before you see the doctor so you exhibit actual symptoms for accurate diagnosis.

Tonsils can grow back. It doesn't happen that often, but it can happen. Sounds like the beginnings of a cold. Could be strep, or something along those lines. The fever is an indication of an infection.

You know you can't get a diagnosis online. The voice thing is laryngitis, most likely viral. My guess would it's flu that's causing your woes but I'll let your doctor be the one to decide.

You could have strep throat.
Check for white patches at the back of your throat. If you find some you have strep.
If not go see your Dr Huckstable.

I need help
Sore throat:
Body aches:
Raspy voice:

But to me it sounds like you have a flu or cold.

Could be a bad cold, strep infection, flu, tonsillitis (if you have them) etc. I'm sure the doc will know.

My guess... Strep or Laryngitis..

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