...But desperate, I am now on an antibiotic. I generally don't take this sort of thing. It's reckless. If it's viral, the antibiotic won't help, just slightly increasing the risk by some minuscule amount that I'll make a super-bug down the line immune to it. Antibiotics are also indiscriminate killers: there's lots of good bacteria in the body I'm getting rid of. So I'll need to figure out how to remedy this. Not gonna take an official probiotic, but I think there are foods that help. Maybe yogurt of some kind.
Anyway, so that's that. If it IS bacterial, the antibiotic should make it go away within 3 days or so. And given how miserable I've been...well. I didn't really want to go down that route, but I did cave in.
I hate pills in general, especially ones like this.
But I just...don't think I can tough it out. It's ruining my life right now. This is a level of sick I haven't been for YEARS.