Strep can be tricky and not always obvious, if you are concerned, I would go get a culture. As Ducky said, that is the only way to really know for sure. Obvious symptoms (white spots, sore throat, etc.) are not always present when you have strep, believe it or not.
Another symptom of strep can be a headache.
Since you are on enbrel, I say go get it checked out before it gets worse.
Hi all, it got consistently better over the weekend. I had planned on calling the doctor today if it hadn't. I guess I didn't really think it was strep because when I was a kid I was told that I was a carrier. I have strep A, but it doesn't make me sick; I can, however, make other people sick--sort of a typhoid Mary thing. Bottom line is I don't think I can get strep throat; I certainly don't ever remember having it and always wondered if I'm still a carrier? I will tell my rheumatologist when I see him next. It seems like every month I'm getting sick with something. Usually minor, but always involves a fever. I haven't gotten sick this often in my entire life--it may have something to do with the tnf-inhibitors. I hope that's not a clue for me to stop taking the enbrel; I think it's finally starting to do something...
Darn it. I didn't listen to you guys! One of my twin daughters just tested positive for strep this afternoon. She had the same symptoms that me and my husband had a couple of weeks ago. And I did my enbrel injection today. I'm calling my primary tomorrow morning to get tested, but I honestly have absolutely no symptoms anymore. I'm just worried that it could turn into something else. I'm making my husband get tested too. I have a friend who had strep throat and it ended up destroying his kidneys because he never got it treated. I wonder if enbrel could help that process along? Ok, I'm freaking myself out now. I'm going to finish watching American Idol :)