Cold & Flu Community
chronic cold
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding cold and flu issues such as: Adult Cold, Adult Flu, Child Cold, Child Flu, Drugs and Medications, Immune Compromised Cold and Flu issues, Cold and Flu Prevention, Pneumonia, Senior Cold, Senior Flu, Treatments, Vaccines, The Flu Shot.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

chronic cold

Hello there,

I have been sick with cold related symptoms since september.  It all started in sep. when I got bronchitis, so I was given a Z-pack.  It got better but I still continued to have phlegm and congestion.  Then I got a bladder infection in october and was given cipro.  Early November I got a sinus infection and a ear infection.  I was given amoxicillan then.  I got relatively better, but my symptoms have never gone away.  All through december I was constantly "dripping" from my nose, so that I can't go anywhere without a box of tissue because I am always blowing my nose.  The last couple days I've felt feverish and have had a persisting headache that will not cease even with copious amounts of water and advil.  I also have been feeling really tired, even a brisk walk down the hall of my office makes me feel winded.  Anyway, I don't know whats wrong with me, it feels like I've been sick for the most of the last 4 months!  Now it feels like things are starting to get worse again.  Does anyone know anything that can help me?  thanks!!!
Related Discussions
17 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
242516_tn?1368227505
If you continued with symptoms after the Zpack, it could have been viral rather than bacterial in its cause.

Constant nasal drainage could be from rhinitis (either allergic or perennial non-allergic).  Nasal steroids can help, as well as nasal saline rinses.
Blank
387767_tn?1345875627
I know exactly how you feel.  I have the same type of thing since October.  I had the z-pack, amoxcillin (2 times), and a stronger antibiotic the doctor gave me for brochitis, Avelox.  The Avelox helped the most, but within a week after finishing it, my green phlegm and cough were back.  I just got chest x-ray, don't have results yet.  I also have numerous other health problems and I need a tooth pulled, but they won't do it until I get over this.  It's terrible!
Blank
242516_tn?1368227505
i'd wonder if you have a viral illness too.  that's alot of antibiotics to be a bacterial infection.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
If you find out what is going on, please share.  I too, have been sick for 2 months....chest cold, flu, head cold, strep throat, head cold, all the while with severe fatigue and achieness. It's been contstant and I and my family are exhausted.

I had bloodwork done today and we are checking for anything that might be amiss.
Blank
387767_tn?1345875627
Hi, just to update:  I think my sinus infection is gone, but I still have a lot of mucus and post-nasal drip, sore throat and earache.  Some days I feel OK, others I feel bad.  I do have allergies, but this seems like something more.  I will give it more time, but I'm considering going to an ENT specialist.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have to agree with everyone.  I started with strep throat at the end of November, got a cold mid December, sinus infection at Christmas, recurring sinus infection mid-January, flu late January, and now more cold symptoms with stuffy nose, sinus pressure, sore throat, cough.  What the hell's going on?!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
PS-I received Z-pack for both sinus infections.  
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I too am part of your non-exclusive gang battling severe cold-like symptoms (relentless mucus production, rattling lungs with endless productive cough, fatigue and joint pain etc.) for 4 straight hellish months. Been through the X-ray (just congestion) Zithromycin, Penecillin, Levaquin, Albuterol and Symbicort inhalers, blah,blah,blah; I have no allergies
have experienced no fever...and have had no improvement.
Did any of you good people find a magic bullet to curb this Legionaires disease/ad14/ para-virus/BikFokYooVirus/yet unidentified infection/etc... or are are we all just doomed?
As all your posts were 6-8 weeks ago, I'd be very grateful to hear how you beat this crud
about which doctors seem to remain clueless/helpless/bestguess...many thanks
novemdecillion.....***@****
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
try 1000mg lysine 2-3 times a day and it will work for you ,available at any drug store.
please post your results not sure on duration it will vary but at least several months
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I'm starting to think that the government is testing chemicals on us given the absurd number of colds and viruses going around the last few months.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Ugh, I started substitute teaching in November and have only been well for a few weeks since. I'm on cold/flu #4 or #5- lost track!!?.  It seems that I am well for about 2 weeks then, hit again with body aches followed by cold like symptoms of varying degrees for up to 4 weeks. Really unusual for me to be sick more than 1x every few years.   It is nice to know that there are others out there having similar symptoms. I agree doctors are not helpful-I had to beg for antibiotics for the 2nd bout now I take over the counter cough syrup and cold ease.  Will see ENT next if I don't recover soon.  
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Although you wrote about the gov't testing on us quite some time ago, I truly
am beginning to wonder.  I've never had a cold, or flu that has lasted some four
months with phlegm and chest wheezing and it  never seems to leave.  Sometimes
my chest wheezes so badly I can not sleep and I have a lot to do but no energy.
Just wondering, did you get a flu shot this year or is this a bug you caught from
from someone else as I became ill four days after I received my flu shot--in Feb.
Really struggling now, antibiotics like Biaxin and Levaquin are not working.  Why
won't anyone tell us what the heck this is.  I desperately want answers to this.
Have you heard anything new.  Let me know o.k.  Hope you are feeling better.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Your symptoms sound like chronic sinusitis. I have had this problem too BIG Time, and I beat it, Completely.

The good news is "Yes there is a magic bullet". The bad news is that it's "Not fast and easy".

Except to help diagnose your problem, ENT's are useless. There is no magic pill or antibiotic. Levaquin is the most powerful, but wont keep your infection from recurring, and Surgery is a complete waste of time and money. I have experience with both. Forget about antihistamines and decongestants. They just treat some of the symptoms and not the cause, which will only get worse.

One thing all ENT's agree on is the effectiveness of nasal irrigation. However non of them have the slightest clue as to how to do it effectively.The use of a "Grossen" type irrigater or saline wash in a bottle from the drug store is like using a bucket of water to put out a forest fire.

To be effective a sufficiently concentrated amount of saline solution must completely flood the infected cavity long enough to kill the infection. Continued daily applications keep it from recurring. That unfortunately means in most cases 50 to 100 gallons to knock out a serious infection and five or so gallons per day to keep it from recurring.

These numbers can vary depending on the seriousness of the infection, how many infections you have and very importantly where you live..If you live in Sacramento for example the problem will be particularly persistent. One thing is certain the longer you delay the worse the problem will become and the more difficult it will be to treat.

If anyone wishes to know the specific details on how to properly irrigate such large
volumes of saline, Let me know and I will post the details.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Count me among those who have been sick since September!  Two courses of the Zpack during this time, along with all the regular treatments.  Lots of mucus, headaches, now swollen neck glands, sneezing, sinus pain, fatigue, etc.  I am at wits end. Am trying to avoid common areas that people touch all the time (doorknobs, etc.) but it's virtually impossible if you have to work, commute, etc.  Would love to stay home for a couple of days but really can't.  Please post the irrigation instructions.  At this point I'll try anything.  Thanks
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
just out of curiosity has anyone tried the lysine recommendation I posted earlier and can confirm its results.
you should know it will work as an anti viral , probably the only thing of its kind available OTC , talk to your pharmacist of herbalist or even look it up on line. effective from the flu to chronic EBV.
and $7 dollars a bottle at your local drug store
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Hey where did you go with the nasal wash?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Yes. How does it work with the saline flushes?
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Cold & Flu Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank