@Pippinwhite -- I've had those before. Not fun. When I was a kid, I used to get tonsilitis, and it always seemed to start with my ears itching, and what felt like more drainage. I could usually tell maybe the day before the real symptoms started that something was on the horizon. If I could get started on antibiotics then, I would usually escape the worst of it, but if not, I would generally be sick for a couple of days.
I've also had irritated tonsils in the spring with the onset of the pollen appearing. My throat invariably gets sore then, too.