I had strep throat last year. After a few days of terrible sore throat I bit the bullet and went to the GP where they diagnosed strep. Antibiotics worked reasonably quickly and I was fine. A few days ago the throat pain started again and yesterday I went straight to the GP before the symptoms got to far. Strep again. The nurse said my glands were the size of golf balls (compliment?! Why thank you for noticing!). However, I also appear to have caught my husbands head cold. I had to check as I wasn't sure you could have both! This had been coming on for a few days before the strep and now not only does it feel like I'm swallowing glass but my nose is blocked and (without meaning to be too graphic) I may drown in phlegm if I lie down! I have a slight temperature but feel very warm to the touch. Behind my eyes feels hot and mildly sore. I've also got an extra helping of the sore muscle, drained battery feeling. I got sleep in 3-4 hour blocks as I couldn't swallow properly. I had glandular fever and walking pneumonia at the same time when I was 7 (I'm sensing a theme here!) and I'm pretty sure this feels worse! My question to you guys is, do you think strep is common in CFS sufferers? Any tips on dealing with it? I'm on penicillin and have been taking ibuprofen and am considering throwing in some paracetamol in the hope it will help. I can safely say I'm feeling so miserable I could have a little cry. I'm having horrible visions of getting this every year!