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When Your Cold Is Not A Cold

Dec 09, 2009 - 68 comments
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Every time you get a cold, notice how it usually starts in the throat with a tickle, a scratch, or a slight cough. It then progresses into chest congestion or travels up into the ears and the sinuses. You’ll have a low grade fever, mild chills, and a runny nose. Even if you start out with a runny nose, eventually, you’ll have throat symptoms later on. Sounds like a classic cold, right? When you see your doctor, throat redness and irritation and swollen glands are noted, confirming even further that you’re in the middle of a standard upper respiratory infection, or the common cold. Typically, it’ll last anywhere from 3-5 days. A small minority will progress into one of the classic complications of a common cold, such as a bronchitis or sinusitis.

Any time I see patients in the office that come in with any of these classic symptoms or one of the more severe complications such as sinusitis, I always ask about the few days or weeks prior to the onset of the throat symptoms. With few exceptions, most of you will have either increased stress (out of the ordinary), a history of eating later than normal, or drinking alcohol later in the evening. Sudden weather fluctuations such as pressure or humidity changes is another common trigger.

If you’re susceptible to sleep-breathing problems at all (most modern humans are to some degree), any degree of inflammation in the throat will cause further swelling, starting up a vicious cycle that brings up more stomach juices into the throat, which causes more obstructed breathing and stomach juice reflux. It’s important to realize that whatever comes up from your stomach includes not only acid, but also bile, digestive enzymes, and bacteria. Even microscopic amounts will cause irritation to your delicate voice box, giving you a scratchy throat, cough or hoarseness. This is why these symptoms are most obvious when you first wake up in the morning.

It’s also been shown that these same stomach juices can then travel down into the lungs or up into the ears of the sinuses. Pepsin, a digestive enzyme, and H. pylori, a common stomach bacteria, have been found in lung and sinus washings. This is also why the ears are usually affected before the sinuses—it’s a direct line from your throat to the eustachian tubes, whereas you have to take right angled turn to reach the sinus passageways in the nose.

You may now be asking, "but what about the fever and the chills?" Any sudden, or abrupt change in your sleep-breathing status can cause an autonomic nervous system imbalance that can bring about these same fevers, hot flashes, chills and sweating.

How does your typical cold start? Please enter your experiences below in the comments box.

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by adgal, Dec 09, 2009
Usually for me it starts with a scratchy throat.  This is usually accompanied by or immediately followed by a stuffed up nose.  Then the fever/body aches and tired feeling start.  Pretty much the same thing every time.  I have had the flue and the biggest difference for me is that seemed to start with a fever/body aches/exhaustion.  Very different.  I seem to get 2 bad colds a year...beginning of spring and beginning of winter.



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by virtualangel, Dec 09, 2009
My typical cold starts with an itchy throat (it never fails). a stuffed up nose and either a sinus infection or to the lungs!

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by Alex265, Dec 10, 2009
Well, I've had a "cold" for 9 months now, wake up stuffed up, watery eyes etc take claratin but nothing makes it go away, I also have a chiari malformation, any relation?

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by Alex265, Dec 10, 2009
oh yeah, I also drool like crasy and snore so loud that my husband wakes me up and begs me to stop.

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by FluDead, Dec 10, 2009
If you gargle or rinse your teeth with 3% hydrogen peroxide it will usually kill any flu viruses but DON'T DRINK IT, as i don't think that the type you buy at the store for $2.00 is consumably I have been doing this for almost 4 years and haven't had the flu, or a cold since then.

Recently I bought this book The one minute cure by Madison Cavanaugh  and there is also another type of Hydrogen Peroxide 35% Food grade  you can drink it but first you have to dilute it in store bought distilled water, it claims to cure almost every disease known, you can buy it at most health foods store for about $20.00 a liter The kind I have is made by Gold Top Organics Super Oxygen.    

All I can say that I have a water pik teeth cleaner machine and have pour a once or two in with the water and sprayed my teeth  4 times a week and have never had a cold since.  

Something is working.

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by Steven Y Park, MDBlank, Dec 10, 2009
Alex265,

What you're experiencing is not a cold. It's due to chronic inflammation in your throat and nose. If you snore that much, it's likely that you may have obstructive sleep apnea. You may want to consider seeing a sleep doctor. Patients with Chiari malformations have been shown to be at increased risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

FluDead,

My motto is, if it works, keep doing it. Unfortunately, it won't work for everyone. I've had some patients that are successful with your regimen and many others that don't respond at all. There are various other home remedies to cure common colds such as vitamin C, vitamin D, salt water gargles, etc. Sometimes they work. Sometimes not. People put roasted garlic in their ears for ear pain, when in fact the pain is coming from the jaw. But it still works in some people. Sometimes, the mechanism of action that leads to success is not what you think it is. In general, if you believe it's going to work, it will in many cases. This is what's so incredible about the human body. There's always a mind-body component of healing that most Western practitioners discount.

In many situations, someone with throat pain or scratchiness will be given a Z-Pak antibiotic, "just in case" there's an infections. In the vast majority of cases, there never is an infection. Even if there is an infection, it's viral, and antibiotics won't work. However, many people who are given Z-Pak feel better pretty quickly. The patient and doctor are convinced that it was an infection, and the the antibiotic helped. The actual reasons for the quick response is as follows: Z-Pak or any other antibiotic in this family of medications (azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin) have anti-inflammatoy properties, by stimulating the smooth muscles of the stomach to push the juice down faster into the intestines, making it less likely to come up into the throat. This is why people who respond to Z-Pak do so within 12 to 24 hours, where a true bacterial infection can take 2-3 days to begin to resolve.

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by Barb135, Dec 10, 2009
My recent bout started weeks ago with a sore in my mouth, then chest congestion and UTI, then ended with up and down fever for a couple of days, very little sleep for weeks.  Never did get sore throat except from trying to cough up the phlegm from my lungs; nor did I get stuffed, runny nose, etc.  Temps up to almost 103 degrees -- not sure what I had, but was miserable.......still have some chest congestion.  

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by peggy64, Dec 10, 2009
I am in the middle of a bout of bronchitis. Mine started out with the glands in my neck hurting.

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by TC721, Dec 10, 2009
My Mom says she's had this cold for about a few months now. Knowing she has COPD/Emphysema. However, we don't know what stage she's currently in.  She does indicate that when she now goes to sleep, it feels as though something is trying to crush her chest to keep her from breathing and she already uses oxygen.  She had to practically sit straight up at night to go to sleep. By the time morning comes, she doesn't know how she ends up lying in a downward position but it happens every night. Antibiotics doesn't seem to help. Does that indicate that she has a lot of fluid buidup in the lungs which are signs of pneumonia or is this a stage of emphysema?

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by Steven Y Park, MDBlank, Dec 10, 2009
TC721,

Your mother probably has a sleep-breathing problem that's made worse by sleeping on her back, especially when in deep sleep, due to her tongue falling back and with muscle relaxation. Most people naturally turn over onto their sides or stomach. Sitting up also helps. Pneumonia or emphysema are possibilities, but you can also have sleep breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea. If her doctor says her lungs are clear, then even more likely a sleep-breathing problem.

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by supermum_ms, Dec 11, 2009
I use to get the sore throat first, sniffles and runny nose, then if im too snuffly and cant breeth through my nose it always led to farengitus (sp), if bad enough bronchitus. I grew up on antibiotics as a child with a chronic sore throat but i dont get them unless i can not shift the cold/flu for 10 days or so, then i feel my immune system isn't doing its job and might need some help.

I now seem to get viral infections that set off what apears to be neurological problems, mimicing MS (?), i still feel like i have the flu. A viral infection (oral absess) started this years episode off back in April, it was the worst i've ever had but it was another virus that i picked up in late August that stopped the episode. I feel what ever is happening to my brain is because my immune system is over active, my immune system is attacking my brain until it has something 'real' to attack.

I'm skinny and dont have sleep apnea but i've noticed even though i breeth through my nose (even when sleeping) the air alone irritates the back of my throat when i'm down with a cold or even the flu.

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by Steven Y Park, MDBlank, Dec 11, 2009
supermum_ms,

What you're describing is exactly what I'm writing about. It sounds like you have a sleep-breathing problem, but not at a point where it's called sleep apnea. This is why you probably can't sleep on your back (or prefer not to). Any little inflammation in your nose or throat causes a vicious cycle and this upsets your delicate sleep balance that can lead to to neurologic symptoms. Do you eat late close to bedtime, and do you have cold hands or feet? Do you sleep on your back, side or stomach? Which one of your parents snore? Take a look at my article on upper airway resistance syndrome: http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/42438?personal_page_id=866545.

p.s. It's also important to know that you can be thin, young, and not snore and still have significant sleep apnea.

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by Concernedmommy916, Dec 11, 2009
The past two days my son has really strong smelling urine.  sneezing, coughing watery eyes.  and also little more about him.

My 4 year old son was diagnosed with chiari mailformation just a little over 14 months ago.  First, he did a lot of spitting up when he was an infant and drulled to the point of wetting numerous shirts a day up until year ago, he has gotten a lot better not getting shirts soaked but still drulls. He doesn't speak much, which was my really first concern (besides the spitting up and drulling) at about 1.5 to 2 years of age. He was born with a big head, and his balance is not a smooth as compared to another 4 year old, also he rather run than walk no matter where we are at (have to keep one hand on him at all times).  He sleeps with his eyes slightly open and does a lot of moaning or whinning thourgh out the night.  Since he doesn't talk it is hard to know if his head is hurting or not.  However, he does seem to have high pain tolerance. We just seen the nuerosurgen who spends five minutes with us just to tell me we will keep monitering him come back in a year for another MRI.   This was the second time we saw the neurosurgen, spent about ten minutes total with him in one year.  He does not know my son or even have a slight clue of his development from a infant to now.   What point would a person with chiari malformation need surgery.  Am i just a worried stressed out mother and should trust the neurosurgeon who has only spent 10 minutes with my son  and not seem to care about his overall development.  What should I do.  
Concerned mommy

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by supermum_ms, Dec 11, 2009
Hmmm very interesting article, i'm not sure that i would qualify for having sleep-breething problems though. It maybe a chicken and egg conundrum, i would say i'm known for sleeping like a log, even had a car come through the front window and i still didn't wake up, bathroom calls are the only thing that wakes me usually.

To answer your questions:

'Do you eat late close to bedtime',= NO, 3 or 4 hours before usually.

'and do you have cold hands or feet?' = YES and YES, circulation issues of purple feet and hands.

'Do you sleep on your back, side or stomach?' = YES to all, i can sleep anywhere and anyhow without a problem.

'Which one of your parents snore?' = NEITHER.

I snore though, not bad but i've snored since i was a child. Could the breeth-sleep cycle not be secondary to inflamation of the airways, poor circulation or allergy related maybe? My husband is a classic example of your study, now in his mid 40's he's got chronic sleep apnea where as in his earlier years he would of fit UARS perfectly.

Cheers

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by str1dr00, Jan 03, 2010
I started having symptoms of a cold two and a half weeks ago. I have been taking Mucinex DM and when I cough I can get it out of my bronchial tubes.  I am a hairdresser and was exposed to smoke for 40 years though never smoked myself (I am 50 yrs old).  I finally decided Saturday to wear a mask when I spray hairspray and have been trying to rest.  I haven't had a fever and the fluids are clear.  Do I just need to keep up with the fluids?  I really don't think going to the doctor is going to help and frankly, I don't have health insurance.  Just wanted to know if I am doing the right thing.  

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by Steven Y Park, MDBlank, Jan 03, 2010
str1dr00,

Sounds like you're making progress. Keep doing what you're doing and give it some time.

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by Reallydisappointed, Jan 05, 2010
hay my i was just talking to my sister on skype in the uk. She has been sick for 2 weeks and she got told she was not aloude into the doctors office because she was to sick. Her ears, jaw and tooth as well as her eyes are saw. She got told to say at home and drink lots of fluids, she's been doing this for 2 weeks. So how is she suppose to find out where her problem id coming from and how to fix it??????? You doctors are protected with so much paper work and have so many degrees , get paid to help the public get better and yet there are some of you who turn away people who are sick !!!!!! And ppl say Africa has problems well in SA Durban it may take some hours with public hospitals to see a doctor but they don't tell ppl not to come in ......UK first world country that's fulled ths ppl in profesions that don't give a dam so why are they there in that profession???? they should be in the Banks.

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by cathy2953, Jan 06, 2010
dr park......can you help?...............i am on my 7th day of a typical cold but i am not getting better.......my problem now is i can breathe wonderfully through my nose ......but i still feel non moving congestion if i put my index fingers near my nose my checks will pulsate.....decongestants dry me out too much.......nettie pot doesnt work.....advil is my best bet.....when it wears off my neck starts to feel the congestion like a stiffness...........any suggestions.......?
most doctors dont hear me........they have the answers before i can tell them....

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by Steven Y Park, MDBlank, Jan 06, 2010
Cathy2953,

It sounds like you're having sinus congestion, without nasal congestion. It's been shown that most cases of sinus congestion is related to a variation of a migraine, which is why Advil helps, and you also have neck stiffness. Try avoiding anything that can aggravate migraines (chocolates, aged cheeses, red wine, MSG, etc.) and also avoid eating or ingesting alcohol within 3-4 hours of bedtime. Also, don't sleep on your back (you're probably doing this already). If it's not better, you should see an ENT doctor. Good luck.

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by bonzai555, Jan 18, 2010
hello`i am a 46 year old female considered mainly healthy for the most part.i have arthritis in my spine and bone loss and vertigo.also i have been experiencing perimenopausal symptoms for a few years and was gettin cellulitis every 3 months for about 5 years.i have not had a bout of cellulitis in over 6 months now.3 days ago i started w/a sore throat and nausea and upper leg cramps and really bad hot sweats but no fever....am on my 3rd day and still am having sweats that come and go....usually worse later in day and sore throat is still happening and i have loss of appetite as of today(3rd day)been extremely tired also....does this sound menopausal?my enstrual is due in a week and for the past 4 months a week before i am due i am like a crazy woman w/mood swings and all emotional.what should i do?

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by Yvonne01, Jan 26, 2010
I'm a 38 y/o female with a Hx of chiari Malformation and postop occipital decompression 3 years ago. Headaches, nasal congestion without congestion,reflux , clearing by throat and neck, shoulder pain and slight Short of breath. Are these some of the signs of Chiari after surgery? You can worse?

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by billiam1618, Feb 06, 2010
also a burning sensation in my upper chest when coughing

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by oiling, Feb 28, 2010
by oiling

Is it normal to experience a cold (runny nose, coughing with phlegm) for over 2 weeks?  Have taken many over the counter meds which provide temporary relief only.  Any suggestions?  THanks

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by ucheerup, Jun 14, 2010
my throat feels very dry, when i wake up in the morning.. a day later, i have lost my voice and got itchy throat. when i cough i had pain in my stomach. a little bit of headache but no fewer. the headache is like as if someone is tightning your forehead. a little pain in the throat also.... a few weeks ago, i also had pain in the throat and took amocyclin for 5 days and it was over.... but now the sympton is different.. is it cold???

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by val14, Jun 30, 2010
i have a question. for the past like 5 days ive had a runny nose,but thats it. i thought i was gonna have a cold or something but all day and night long ive had a runny nose, and sometimes at night i cant go to sleep cause i have to lay facedown and my nose would always get stuffed and i would have to breathe out of my mouth.idk if its allergies or something else.i know its not a cold cause i feel fine except for a runny nose.and sometimes in the morning my nose would be bleeding. do u have any idea whats wrong with me and how will i get rid of it?thanx!

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by Khandi26, Dec 19, 2010
Hi my name is Kena and I have runny and stuffy nose, sneeze a lot, sore throat that is scratchy with a burning sensation..cant barely swallow and is swollen realy bad. I stayed up all night and couldn't sleep and had to sit up and constantly spit in a bag because it hurt so bad to swallow, my throat is red. When I sneeze, I see green stuff on the napkin. Ive recently had these same symptoms back in Nov. when I went on a cruise and never took anything for it. Ever since I was little, I've notice Ive always had a problem going to sleep at nights and stay up. Ive recently been taking over-the-counter sleeping pills. Please help me

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by Achoo8, Feb 09, 2011
I need help, please advice. I am not a person who gets sick a lot or gets cold or fever or flu or cough often. In fact this is just one in a long time, maybe a year ago was the last colds I had and didnt have fever or cough. It went away easily.I don't really remember how it all started or when exactly but as far as I can remember, I had a very bad dry cough for 2 weeks (3rd week of January this year i believe and so on to the second week). On the 3rd week of the coughing and waking up with dry throat and nose or sinuses, I was feeling better because the dry cough felt like disappearing but the dryness of the throat, without pain but just felt like I had dry, sticky colds, or snots sticking onto my throat every morning when i wake up went on till recently 1st week of February. It was dry cough that was unproductive, It made me sleepless and felt tred all day and night as a result and my chest sometimes painful when i coughed because it was so dry that when i cough, my stomach and abdomen hurts because of pressure. I didnt have green or yellowish or colored phlegm, but it was watery, white made my throat itchy when I am laying down and about to sleep, as it feels like it is flowing down to my throat. I used vicks vaporub and hot water steam, plus some Chinese tablets and cough syrup, gargled with warm water and salt often when i remember to, and sucked on strepsils and fishermans friend whenever I felt the urge to cough. it all helped I guess. I started to feel better after two weeks like I said. I was ok for a week and stopped all medicines and vicks vaporub steam. i continued suckinig on lozenges because i still coughe but very often then for a week and I was getting better sleep when i suck on lozenges when going to bed. This last weekend, Saturday night, (Feb 5th) my friends came to visit and we went out to bars and partied till morning, I was feeling good so I thought drinking tequila wouldn't hurt as it is very cold here in Tianjin, China now. I don't smoke. i quit smoking in December 2009. for good, i believe. I am 33 yrs old now by the way, female.I also took birth control pills last month, January when my boyfriend and I got together. That is i think the cough started in the middle of the cycle of the birth control pills...is it possible for birth control pills to cause infections or develop allergies? it feels like allergy... anyways, I was out partying drinking beer and had some tequila shots on Saturday, the party was over on Sunday morning at 6 am...i came home with a bad headache and acid reflux. i took 2 ibuprofens 200 mg each and fell asleep for some 4 hours and then I had to get up and go to work. I sing. on that Sunday morning, I had hoarse voice but that was expected because I didnt have enough sleep and was drunk thet night before. I thought after getting sleep and more rest i will start to feel better again. But then on Monday evening, the dry cough started to come back... it started as just one dry cough in an hour or maybe more but on Monday midnight, the dry cough was worse already... coughed every few minutes and started sneezing too... I sucked on lozenges again when I went to bed that night. On Tuesday afternoon, I woke up coughing, itchy throat and sneezing sometimes, white phlegm that was easy to come out, and runny nose. Now it is Wednesday, when I woke up, my whole body was aching...no sign of sore throat but just still coughing and feeling tired for not getting a good sleep because of the dry cough i guess. I also kept drinking a lot of water so I kept waking up to pee last night. Tonight, Wednesday night, I went to work with a dry cough, runny nose and just before midnight, I started to have chills, my whole body felt cold, the body aches got worse and by the end of work, midnight, I had fever... My colleague gave me a full body massage using vicks vaporub, and i took 2 ibuprofens 200 mg each tablet. It all helped i guess because the fever is gone, also I wrapped my self, head to toe in warm clothings. Now, please advice what is this and please advice how to cure it all... as people are starting to worry about me now, and I am worried too... I have been sick like this for almost a month now, although it seemed like I was gonna get better a week ago  but then now it seems like dry cough is back again although there are differences in symptoms. I am just glad that I do not have sore throat because in the past I had sore throat and it is unbearable and can be the worst thing that can happen to a singer. Just the dry cough and the runny nose is my main problem now..i can't sleep coz of the dry cough and the runny nose is making my throat itchy when the watery phlegm flows down to the throat when I lay down. Also, I would just like to mention, the body ahces has disappeared now and the fever feels like gone too. Any help and information you can give would be highly appreciated. Thank you very much!

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by jkinsey88, Oct 10, 2011
Can someone please tell me how to get rid of it Please?

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by lilb09, Oct 20, 2011
I started off having a stuffy nose, and being congested, I didn't have a cough or anything. the next week I thought I had shaken my "cold" and woke up with chest congestion and a gross sounding cough. I lost my voice, and I had a sore throat for about five days, and NOW that the sore throat is gone, I still have alittle mucus in my throat and the inside of my ears kinda hurt, and my head hurts when I walk around. It just started today. Is this something I should be worried about, or just a sinus infection? I checked my tonsils and I don't have any white patches on it, and I don't think I've had a fever.

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by lilb09, Oct 20, 2011
plus I haven't taken any antibiotics, just some theraflu at night, and I started sleeping with my humidifier. Each night I get better, so.. I hope this headache and ear ache goes away.

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by musicman12, Sep 01, 2012
PLEASE help!!

About a week ago, I started having a very itchy and watery eye and a slight cough. I started taking Claritin and Mucinex. The claritin did not seem to be doing anything for my congestion issues so I tried NyQuil for a couple days. The Mucinex did it's job, and I coughed up a good bit of gunk. The cough is now gone, but I am still congested like crazy. Last night, I started taking Sudafed. This morning I woke up super congested, and the sinus pressure was almost unbearable. So, I took another Sudafed accompanied with Ibuprofen for the pain. Throughout the day today I've taken Sudafed as directed, and I'm going between stages of extremely watery eye (notice I said eye) and runny nose, and severe congestion and pain.

I usually don't get sick...or take ANY medication...I'm at a loss now, and I'm really unsure WHAT to do next.

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by barryjohn, Oct 19, 2012
Ive had a sore throat usually at night with a cough that feels cold like. My breathing is quick and wheezing at sometimes. During the day this seems to go away. Looking for any answers.
Thanks

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by Nschumann, Oct 23, 2012
Please help me. I don't know what I have. It came on so suddenly. My glands began to swell and my neck ached but my throat doesn't hurt. Im running a high temperature (102.9). It reached that twice in 12 hours. My mucus has blood in it and smells funny, I'm congested, and my ears hurt. What do you think I have.  I have no insurance nd we can't afford the  extra bill right now.



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by me788, Oct 24, 2012
Dear Nschumann,

Please contact the ego in chief barak obama. I'm certain he can help you with med. bills. Who knows, he may even cure cancer in his 2nd. term. I understand your dilema, I was there last year when I was diagnosed with Cancer. I worked full time, did not have med. insurance and  qualified for medicair with $1000.000 spendown every month. If I can't afford insurance what makes them think I can pay the first 1000.00 dollars every month. I feel your pain, I really do. You must see a doctor. Without your health you have NOTHING.

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by Scullydog, Dec 18, 2012
For 2 months, I've had a cough, low grade fever, congestion in my chest and sinuses, moderate sore throat, have had one week long severe sinus infection during the 2 months and am now on day 9 of a 10 day pack of Amoxicillan and I'm still seeing no improvement in my symptoms.  I have bouts of coughing that last up to 2 full minutes, unable to catch my breath during the bouts that occur mostly during the night and mornings.  I have productive coughs throughout the day and runny nose.  Today I woke up with a rash on the back of my arm near my armpit, which I have no explanation for so I don't know if it's related.  I'm going in to see the doctor in 2 days and I'm wondering, at this point, what should I expect the doctor to test me for?

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by Chamalhe, Dec 26, 2012
Dr.Steven Y Park,
       I am a international student in university at buffalo and now i have been having this nasal congestion for about 4 months and nothing worked except for the temporary relief of Afrin. I know that your not supposed to use it for more than 3 days but the thing is i can not breath at all now with out that cuz the nasal congestion. So ya, i have been using it for 4 months now, almost every day. The university nurse gave me different kinds of medicine but none of them worked.

I read your post about ""When Your Cold Is Not A Cold"" and i think the nasal congestion have some thing to do with stomach juices and infection.

But some thing i have noticed is these symptoms get worse if i stay up past midnight. Because if so the flowing day my nasal congestion will get more worse. and yes come to think about it for the past 4 months i have bean staying up late past midnight because of my university work.

Can there be any relationship between this.Peas help me Doctor.
Thank You  :-)

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by sosick_needhelp23, Dec 31, 2012
I have been sick for two weeks and a day. I have been coughing and at night it gets really bad. I can't stop coughing and then I start to throw up. I also have a runny nose a fever and my body aches very badly. I take all types of cough medicine and it does nothing for me. My blagged hurts when I have to pee.my eyes are watery and I have a headache. My cough is ongoing and doesn't stop. What's wrong with me

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by sosick_needhelp23, Dec 31, 2012
Also I'm wheezing. I meant bladder not blagged

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by LivingInHope, Jan 01, 2013
sosick- Best to get checked to see if you have a urinary tract infection since your bladder hurts.  Also, see the doctor since your cough is not improving with the medicine you are taking- get a lung x-ray.  I know when I was very sick for weeks with a nasty virus, I used a humidifier under the table with sheeting over it, making a tent.  I also was taking Humabid and a cough syrup that had promethazine in it.  The doctor should be able to prescribe what he thinks is best for your set of symptoms.  It sounds horrible that you are coughing until you start to throw up!

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by princesssophia1979, Jan 01, 2013
Right now i'm feel score and itchy throat. Suffed up nose but not much comes out. ears itch a little. Also nose ruins a little bit off and on. I also get an itch so bad that i can't stop coughing. I have to drink or cough drop in order to stop coughing. Also sensing alot.

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by Espinada, Jan 05, 2013
I have had this cold for 2 weeks now, starting with a sore throat that developed into a dry, unproductive cough that hasn't changed at all. Ny sinuses have been very congested, but have gotten better, but I have a fever that comes and goes several times a day, and feel very week. I get out of breath just by walking from one side of the house to the other (no stairs), I'm starting to worry about this

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by SarahL2491, Jan 05, 2013
Have not had a cold since 1981 and have never had the flu so not famiiiar with these!  Could it be that my overactive immune system with my MS has helped me keep the cold away from my door?  I did ER nursing for years and never caught one.  

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by debndallas, Jan 11, 2013
My Mom has had "allergies" for the last 30years or so.  She takes all kinds of meds until they stop working.  Her diet is poor, but she is in pretty good health.  But the sneezing and coughing is daily and off and on all day long.  IT is a loud mucous sneeze, just like the allegy is fresh upon her.  I live with her and as I am sure it drives her nuts, it drives me nuts too.  I keep trying to find solutions for her, and so far, none of them are acceptable to her (like a diet with something other than refined carbs and sugar, supplements, etc).   Is there a SPRAY or something to be put in an atomizer or something?

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by coughpleaae, Jan 17, 2013
Doctor. Please help. I started off with a itchy throat overseas which turned into a very green flem from nose. And flemmy throat, which turned into severe earache. After a course of a month. Once I returned home to australia, I had constant dry cough. It's now been 5 months and has changed to a blocked nose and ear and jaw ache. I get veryy tired quickly and get body aches I don't know what to do I haven't eaten properly in 5months I have got antibiotics when I arrived here but didn't finish it ;(((( I have sprays for my throat bit they don't do a lot pleaaeee what do you think?

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by coughpleaae, Jan 17, 2013
Doctor. Please help. I started off with a itchy throat overseas which turned into a very green flem from nose. And flemmy throat, which turned into severe earache. After a course of a month. Once I returned home to australia, I had constant dry cough. It's now been 5 months and has changed to a blocked nose and ear and jaw ache. I get veryy tired quickly and get body aches I don't know what to do I haven't eaten properly in 5months I have got antibiotics when I arrived here but didn't finish it ;(((( I have sprays for my throat bit they don't do a lot pleaaeee what do you think?

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by gaby555, Jan 17, 2013
Okay, I am overweight and snore even if i lay on my side.. But the thing is,, even when I wasn't as big as I am now,, I would still snore, even when I was a teenager!  My dad has always snored since I could remember! At this time I'm a little under the weather.. Actually this is day 4 and I lost my voice now and feel "weird" when i cough in my chest and throat and my tonsils are HUGE! So now more than ever,, I am snoring as soon as I fall asleep and my hubby wakes me up constantly to hush me.. any suggestions?

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by danroan35, Jan 18, 2013
well i started working the night job and its in a hog unit loading out. so i was going from a hot barn out into the cold back into the barn and back out ect, yesterday morning i woke up and lost my voice and went to work last night and today it got worse, i havnt been sick and it doesnt hurt to talk. i have troubles clearing my thoat but thats all.

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by Help_meh_pwease, Feb 24, 2013
My throat always feels swollen, i throw up a little in my mouth every 30-60 minutes and my chest feels like it is constantly getting smaller and i also have a headache 80% of the time. Anyone have good advice?

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by RitaRascal27, Feb 28, 2013
After seeing 5 or 6 doctors, including a visit to the ER with a lot of testing, I am not much better. I have been sick for 6 weeks now with various symptoms.  The main diagnosis has been a virus, but it just won't go away and has taken hold of every part of my body.

I started feeling feverish and out of sorts at the beginning of January.  Felt light headed and like I was going to pass out but didn't and shaky and socked in.  I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with an ear infection and nasal swelling and also a sore throat that was reddened.  Was put on Z-Pac.  I guess it cleared up the ear infection, but the day after the last pill, I got horrible nausea and then a dry cough and then other stomach symptoms down to my lower abdomen.  I don't have a high fever.  It may get to 99.8 at the most.  It has been as low as 97.1 when I get up in the morning.  I just took it a little while ago and it was 99.3 at 5 pm.  I have been getting constant chills followed by flushing and sweating, especially during sleep.  The chills just grip me and then I get nauseated and it feels difficult to take a deep breath.  It's an awful syndrome or episode.  The other symptom is that noises are hard to take and I get jumpy and startled if I hear a loud sound or a sound of a certain pitch.  Noises are louder than usual and they can trigger my episode of chills and nausea.  I also have a lot of burping in the morning when I first get up.  I also have gotten winded when I bend over and exert myself a little bit.

I'm very scared.  I have never been sick for such a long period of time, especially since they are saying it's a virus.  I have had a CAT scan of the brain, a chest X-Ray, lots of blood panels done, including test for lyme disease and for Epstein Barr to see if it was active, also had several heart studies done.  All tests were normal except for fatty liver and elevated triglycerides.  

The nausea and chills just won't go away although the nausea is not as bad as it was.  The chills without fever is also a puzzle to me although I have had low grade fever at times.  My body temperature has generally been low from 97.1 up to 99.8.  I hope somebody can help me and I really like what this doctor has said to many of these posts.

Please help me Dr. Park!

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by ElaneMB, Apr 09, 2013
Mid-March, I started with a dry, scratchy throat and post-nasal drip.  It progressed into sore throat and cough (with mucous that felt like little needles hitting the back of my throat when I coughed).  Then I got full blown laryngytis for three days.  After that, it cleared up.  Here we are, three weeks later, and I have the dry, scratchy throat and post nasal drip again...this time I'm also noticing a burning sensation in my sinuses, like I've just gone swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool.  The sore throat and coughing has just started again and I have (clear) runny nose.  No fever, slight headache and general fatigue.  Constant tickle in the upper windpipe, making it impossible NOT to cough.  HELP!!  

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by amatt211111, Jun 06, 2013
I have a bad cough, and I've also been clearing a bunch of phlegm from my throat. It started 2 days ago, but yesterday my headache started. Also, starting yesterday, was the onset of sleepiness. Today I feel a little bit worse, my throat is starting to hurt from coughing, them phlegm in my throat seems to keep regenerating and my head still hurts. I also feel a little warm. Any diagnoses? Any input would be helpful. Thank you.

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by Fredvas, Jun 27, 2013
I have been sick now for over a month. One day i started sneezing from the time i woke up until the time i went to sleep. It was a horrible day and the only reason i slept is cause i drank so much i passed out. The following day it went away and as the week progressed i was fine until the end of the week. After the gym i felt more tired than usual and sure enough the next day i woke up with a sore throat and clogged ear. It then went into my chest and i was coughing up phlegm. After a week the symptoms got milder and i felt i could return to the gym, but then the next day after the gym i woke up with a sore throat all over again.

The first time i went to the doctor she told me i had an ear infection but my throat looked fine and my lungs sounded fine. She gave me amoxicilin and again within a week i started to feel better and went back to the gym. The same thing happened again, the next day after the gym i had a terrible sore throat.

I went to urgent care a couple days after that and the doctor said my throat was fine and so were my lungs, but my nostrils were swollen and so she said like my other doctor that it must be allergies. So now im on an antibiotic, claritin-d, mucinex, and a nasal spray. Its been 4 days but I'm not feeling any better. The sore throat went away but it feels like it went back into my chest again now. Its really frustrating and ive never been sick this long in my life. Im 30 years old. Im making arrangements to see an ENT this week but have you ever heard of something like this?

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by kellymbillings, Oct 16, 2013
about a week and a half ago I had a runny nose and thought it was allergies. and then my tooth started to hurt that I know has issues and  thought maybe my allergies are really a sinus infection.  or an absessed  tooth!  So I   started ttaking some antibiotics that I had around the house.  I finally starting to feel a little better but I woke up this morning with a burning chest and  dry cough, and I'm coughing up green balls of mucus!  I don't have insurance don't want to go to the doctor what's going on with me!  any suggestions?

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by JustKnowz, Feb 21, 2014
2 weeks ago I came from the club, drunk.. got in at 5am(Sunday) and I was partying from 5pm onward the day before(Saturday). I had intercourse till 8am, slept.. and i woke up at 12pm feeling like a total train wreck. Itching and congestion set in.. one week later, fever, sweating and cold feet set in. I was given Ampicillin 500 mg... 2 every 6 hours.. fever is gone... but my body still feels weak and I have cold feet!!! :( i hate this feeling.

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by always_sickly, Mar 12, 2014
I had a cold but it's been two and a half weeks. I still have congestion in my nose but nothing more than a bother. What concerns me is my throat!! It's not ichy, or scratchy like most cold related throats are. Cough drops, warm liquids, the throat spray, gargling things, nothing is helping because it's not like that. It hurts so bad to swallow, cough, yawn and sneeze. I've gone to the doctor twice since i've been sick and they just said allergies, it'll clear up with four weeks. I am miserable and waking up in the middle of the night though. I had sore teeth, ear aches, and even bloodshot eyes for a few days but the congested nose and the incredibly sore throat is all that's left! I don't know what to do about my throat! I can't sleep or even swallow!

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by spoilher101, Mar 12, 2014
My colds start with a chill down my spine, by my neck. I usually only have 1 day to deal with it, untill it spreads to a full blown, walking pnuemonia! Ive been dealing with this for close to 35 plus years! My own cure ws cordicedan, but sudifed, & ritalin caught in time will usually get rid of cold in 1 -2 days max! Many years ago , i had a back specialist, & he asked me if i caught a lot of colds? My jaw dropped, & asked how he knew?!!  SO, the old chill down my spine trick, does work (fr me) i COULD ADD SO MUCH, BUT WANT TO KEEP IT SHORT! Also, live on east coast, & would love to meet a doctor like urself(meaning you!) I am sure u give refferals!  As u can see how i have kept myself alive over past 3 years, & would love to pass down my so called remedies! Thank u. with all sincereity, Steven W.

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by criss0892, Jun 04, 2014
I had a slight cough a few weeks ago that lasted about a week. It would be kinda painful but mouthing serious. Now I'm suffering from severe headaches or migraines, congestion and a tingle in my throat. I've been having this for about 4 or 5 days now. Idk what this could be. Help me shake this thing.

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by Sebrinapowers, Jun 29, 2014
I have had this terrible thing going on both my ears are congested I can't hear I have this loud noise in my ear contintly I've been getting serious headaches blood draining out of my ear and now I have this terrible sore throat and cough I've been coughing up blood also I've been on some of the strongest antibiotics and I had my tonsils and adenoids out I have had this now for 2 weeks really bad I don't know what it is I know I have a serious infection in my right ear I can't sleep I have to sleep sitting up all the time please help

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by skgiit, Jul 01, 2014
Hi,

I face with a very peculiar problem. Whenever i get less sleep last night, the next day starts with running nose, watery eyes, and a lot and lot of sneezes. The whole day goes like this. but as soon as I sleep for sufficient no. of hours, the cold gets cured automatically. I would be grateful if you suggest something.

Thanks

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by the7dwarfs, Jul 05, 2014
Over the last two months I have had at least two ear infections, both of which I have taken two different kinds of antibiotics. I also got really close to getting phnemonia for which I was put on an inhaler to help me breathe. Since then I have gotten no better and now I am even taking over the counter musinex and Claritin. I have hypo thyroidism so my decongestants are limited. Sometimes I am perfectly fine send the next second I will be coughing so hard I cannot breathe. My nose runs all day long this has been going on for at least 2 months. At this point I really don't know what could be wrong.

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by sicky125, Jul 06, 2014
I have had a cold now for three weeks its been off and on but this week its been really on I've taken dayquill two time a week I'm 15 so I take two instead of one mililiter.... I have a stuffed up nose and a sore throat I use to sneeze but that stopped and I at one time had a fever and chills but those went away to my family can't afford air so its always hot in my house but I have a fan that blows cool air on me .... I'm tired right now and I have eaten and I drink plenty of fluids I even chew vitamins my cold has never lasted this long and to mention I'm coughing and I can feel myself congested I don't know what to do anymore please help!

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by sicky125, Jul 06, 2014
My throat doesn't hurt anymore its easy to breath out my mouth just not out my nose and when I'm coughing I can feel the flem kinda breaking up ....... !! But still. My cold has lasted longer than two weeks please its on its third week what do I do .....

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by the7dwarfs, Jul 08, 2014
Go to the doctor sounds like sinucitus. You probably need an antibiotic. And use some mucinex.



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by lizfal, Jul 26, 2014
Dear Dr.Park,

I got to read this 'Your smell and taste buds are connected. If you can't breathe well through your nose, then your sense of smell will suffer, which means that your sense of taste will be altered as well. This can lead to appetite and weight issues.' in one of your answers to a query raised by a reader.

Coincidentally, this is exactly what has happened to my husband after a trans-sphenoidal surgery for the removal of a pituitary macroadenoma. One of the best neurosurgeon and ent doc from india, known internationally too have done the surgery and they too have no answer because this is the first time they have come across someone who has lost his sense of smell and taste, post-surgery. He can only make out if the food is salty,swet etc, but he does not get the flavour.

It is quite a frustrating experience and he is definitely not eating well and losing weight.

Will a nasal endoscopy help in any way?
Are there exercises that can be done which can help
Is this self-healing over time? WIll this loss of sense of smell return?

Please help me with this.

With kind regards


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by Alex1872, Jul 28, 2014
Dear Dr. Park,
So for the last week or so I've been waking up with an extremely dry throat and I sound really hoarse and my eyes have been super watery to the point where it crusts and is obstructive. Could this be allergies? I'm basically allergic to the outside and dust.
-Alex

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by ruthie777, Aug 24, 2014
What can I have ?? I have a headache , itchy watery eyes itchy nose stuffy runny nose scratchy throat a little cough diarrhea once in a while no sense of smell or taste what so ever .. what is wrong with me please help. . Thankyou and god bless

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by ruthie777, Aug 24, 2014
Sorry what could I have ??

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by Healthtips, Aug 28, 2014
There are chances that you might have been infected with viral fever. It will be better to get in touch with a doctor immediately. As you have diarrhea, it will be better to intake a water mixed with a pinch of salt as it will help you gain back the lost minerals and energy. You will be able to buy medicines online now. Just check out: http://www.sastasundar.com .

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