I wouldn't up the prednisone without your doctor's okay. Sore throats are quite common and could come from many different things. Cold, infection, swollen gland. Usually, unless accompanied by a high fever, it is relatively harmless; aside from the apparent discomfort it causes. My daughter gets them often as her glands swell off and on. I have had mild to severe infections. Normally people get them all the time from a cold/flu. You will get use to the symptoms that are okay and the ones you need to be concerned about.
I too wish they had a chart telling me which problems/symptoms warrant immediate care and which ones I just needed to schedule a doctor's appointment. Since you are having problems with functioning, I would call the doctor and see if he can see you sooner rather than later. If you develop a fever or other concerning symptoms call the doctor and let the office know right away. By the time you see this, you'll have seen the doctor. I hope all goes well with your visit. Best wishes - Kristin
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