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Sore throat for 8 weeks now

I have had a sore throat mainly on the left side for about 8 weeks now. It started out as a cough and sore throat, at two weeks I went to the Doctor, and they took a swab for strep throat infection which came back clear. So the doctor just said it was a viral thing and would go away in time. Anyway, the cough went away shortly after this but the sore throat has persisted.

I went back to the doctor at about 6 weeks, told him that though the cough was gone I still had a sore throat. He re-examined me and said in his opinion was still a viral thing and would go away given a couple more weeks. I specifically queried him about the possibility of throat cancer as I am a former smoker, I have been quit for about three years now. He said he did not believe so, saying that my lymph nodes were not swollen, that I was not having weight loss, finding it hard to swallow or any other symptoms like that.

Well another couple of weeks have gone by and no change, still have a sore throat. I am thinking I will return to the Doctor next week at this stage, but would be interested in any other opinions.

Thanks for your time
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363281 tn?1590104173
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See the doctor as often as you want, it is your body, and if you are concerned then you need so answers, if the one you are seeing does not help then see another. Have you seen a throat specialist? This might be a good idea instead of a regular GP.
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1667242 tn?1487950547
I think you doctor is probably correct. However, ask to be referred to an ENT specialist if you are still worried.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I am going back to the doctor in a couple of days. Its really strange, I had a few days when it seemed normal and I stopped thinking about it, and then yesterday it was back again.
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