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When Your Cold Is Not A Cold

Dec 09, 2009 - 127 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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by willowk10, Sep 06, 2014
both sides of my tongue are sore and the back of my mouth, my nose will not stop running and my eyes are sore and keep watering

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by antrod99, Sep 12, 2014
I have had this for a few days now. I have no stuffy nose, no fever,  but I do have a funky feeling in my throat.  I have a little brother, I am 15, and I cant tell if this is the starting of a cold, a flew, or asthma.  I do have allergies and asthma and I got a feeling its an infection or my immune system is working fast.

Actually, now that I think of it, I kinda have a slight stuffy nose but still, cant tell if its a cold, an infection, an asthma attack taking forever to hit me hard, or just a cough. Help would be nice becuase than I could prepare for when it really does get bad for medication depending on what it is. Again, help would be nice. Thanks. Oh also, I wake up in the morn and I feel my throat is kinda dry and I still have the cough. When I stand still, I dont cough, but once I start moving I start to cough.

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by kimmyhope, Sep 17, 2014
I have been sick with 90per cent of what you are talking about and not one doctor can give me a straight answer of what I might have is there anyway I could get help

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by Ashkaikyl88, Sep 17, 2014
Hello.
I have been coughing and sneezing the last two weeks. Always feeling weak , no appetite and always tired. Also just got huge knots in my stomach starting tonight...

Help?!

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by daniarcade, Sep 20, 2014
My throat I having a stinging sensation starting to hurt got it a few days after receiving dental treatment have tried drinking lots of water but doesn't seem to be helping so I'm trying lozenges and throat sprays to see if that will help  assuming it's a cold feels kind of like post nasal drip but I'm not sure anymore.... It's really bugging me because I haven't been sick in a super long time so could something at the dentist have caused this?

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by amethystgl, Oct 01, 2014
I'm 31. I've been dealing with allergies and asthma most of my life. Every year during spring & fall I have boughts of congestion. I wouldn't really call it a cold, no one can catch it from me, but it's kinda like one. It starts in my throat or chest and moves up to my sinuses. Usually I have difficulty breathing, and coughing. For the 1st or 2nd day my temperature will flare up and then I'm just dealing with congest which lasts anywhere from 2 weeks to a month or so depending on weather fluctuation. It usually starts when it's a cool rainy day, and slightly improves with the weather. I end up with sinus infections, and it likes to go into bronchitis.

This year we moved from VA to NC and my allergies have been much better. This time I'm dealing with congestion that started in my throat and went to my chest & my sinus.It started last Tuesday, a cold, rainy day I had about 2 days where I was running a temperature. I've been taking my allergy pills (generic form of zyrtec) everyday & have been taking healthy accents daytime sinus meds since this started. So far I have no trouble with my asthma, just a tightens of chest causing deep coughs not the shallow ones I would have when my asthma was affect before.

Every time I sleep my nasal passages get congested. I tend to snore when this happens a little bit, but lately it's been really bad. I've been waking up with a sore throat and yesterday i started waking up with swollen puffy eyes. It seems to start around the tear duct and swells under my eyes and my eye lids. This is new symptom, I'm not sure if I am so congested my eyes swelled as a result or if it's because it's an allergic reaction to some new allergen or if my allergy meds aren't working anymore.

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by Lucys_mommy, Oct 06, 2014
I have been sick for 6 weeks straight...been through 2 boxes of Sudafed and a Zpack. During the 6 week time period my daughter was hospitalized for 3 days and had a minor surgery the next week. I took all the Sudafed before hospital stay with my daughter and Zpack the week after. Is this more than a cold or allergies???

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by Lucys_mommy, Oct 06, 2014
I have been sick for 6 weeks straight...been through 2 boxes of Sudafed and a Zpack. During the 6 week time period my daughter was hospitalized for 3 days and had a minor surgery the next week. I took all the Sudafed before hospital stay with my daughter and Zpack the week after. Is this more than a cold or allergies???

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by LaCant, Oct 18, 2014
I have had a persistent cough  for the last year. finally had an endocopy done. Dr. Said you have acid reflux. Ok now am taking 60mg of nexium. Am still coughing . Trying to stay away from foods that bring up the acid. Now I have developed allegies I eat and still cough after I eat. I always have to blow my nose .i cough when am asleep . I have even stayed away from dairy because am still not sure why I keep coughing. Especially .since everything I seem to eat makes me cough.  Please help . Don't know what else to do . I have  been given  antibiotics,  I have taking over the counter sinus pills allergy pills etc. nothing is working.


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by MickDamphousse, Oct 24, 2014
I've been sick for 6 weeks now. It started with an earache and sore throat which both came on suddenly. By the next morning I was fully congested, with runny nose and pain in my sinuses, and constant fatigue. The earache was pronounced and I felt like my ear was filled with liquid. It was very hard to hear from my right ear and I had the sensation of every sound echoing in my head, even my own voice. Within a week, it had progressed down to my chest and the coughing began. It was persistent, and painful, with the continuous pain across the upper chest in the bronchial area. By the 3rd week I was so sick that I could hardly stand up. I was exhausted and could barely stay awake. I saw my doctor, and she said it was bronchitis. I was put on levaquin for a week, 1 pill per day. Three weeks later, I'm still always tired, the earache is not clearing up, I still have chest pain, coughing, however the congestion is somewhat alleviated. Could it be that I have a non-invasive pneumococcal virus of some type?

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by Kryz3686, Nov 04, 2014
I have lived with what the doctors tell me are "Allergies" for almost 10 years. I have this problem Every Single day, Any time of the year, No matter Where I live. The moment I wake up and open my eyes, I feel my nose tickling and I instantly need to blow my nose and have Constant phlegm. It's Really bad in the mornings and last about 2 or so hours straight (I call it my "morning period"). But it doesn't really "stop." I still spit crap out all day, everyday and it Really interferes with my days. It takes me forever just to get ready or do anything, because I constantly have to run to the sink or get a tissue to spit crap out. It's Very frustrating (and gross, and embarrassing when I'm in public, I try to hide it). And what makes me so mad is that my family gets really annoyed, because I'm constantly hacking crap and I just tell them, try being the one Living and dealing with it, as if I can help and control it. I get a lot of sinus infections as well (typically every 3-4, 5 months). Absolutely NOTHING works. I hear the Same thing from Everyone to the point that it really annoys me, because obviously it's either not the right cause or it's not the right answer. I have the humidifier, I've taken 10 different allergy pills, Flonase, little home remedies. I waited 4 months for my appointment with the ENT where they stuck a scope up my nose. And the end result? He said there was nothing wrong with me and it's "Normal." I am so beyond frustrated with it and I don't know what to do, because doctors apparently don't know what's wrong and just tell me allergies and I really don't think it is allergies anymore. The ENT also told me that all the phlegm could be anti-reflux from foods I eat and told me to take prilosec. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, anti-reflux every single day, all day? I knew it wasn't the answer, but I took it anyway, why not? I tried so many other things. Did it work? Nope. If anyone could possibly shed some light, I honestly don't know what to do. I also lost my health insurance when I turned 26 and have yet to find something else that's affordable (I'm about to turn 28 in a couple weeks). I was also told to try seeing an actual allergist where they stick needles in you to find the allergy, which that is one thing that I have not done. Other than that, could anyone suggest Anything at all? :-(((

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by Kryz3686, Nov 04, 2014
...Also if I happen to wake up at like 5 AM, I instantly have to deal with my problem and can't even go back to sleep, I may as well get up and start the day, because I can't lay back down and sleep with having to constantly spit, and blow my nose for at least 2 or so hours. FRUSTRATING AND SLEEPY!!

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by JustCallMeCole78, Dec 01, 2014
My cold started exactly 2 weeks ago today. I have a Coworker that I sit rather close to that was apparently never taught how to sneeze/cough. She'd do it on her hands and then handle the paperwork that comes to me next or she'd just do it without covering anything. That's who infected me. My colds always run the same course. I get a sore throat for 2 days. When the throat stops hurting that's when the sneezing, itchy sinuses &  eye watering starts. It lasts about 24hrs before I start getting chest congestion. I am asthmatic so I always get the chest congestion whuch ends with a horribly disgusting cough. The whole process normally only takes a week (cough lasting longer but I usually feel better.) This time I'm still symptomatic at the 2 week mark. The chest congestion is getting better as I've been taking an expectorant. The nose part and sinus drainage though is driving me bonkers. Where all the mucus comes from all day every day is mind blowing (and nose blowing). I do an ACV/warm water nasal rinse when I get a cold. I will also take a 12hr decongestant (the brand you have to get from the pharmacist)  along with the 12hr expectorant. Unless I run a fever for an extended period of time, I wouldn't got to the doctor for this.

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by Lmm3, Dec 07, 2014
I woke up about a week ago to my throat almost swollen shut. I have had a cough and congestion for months now and was treated for bronchitis twice in the last two months. My boyfriend talked to a pharmacist and he said to take a zinc pill once a day and continue with ibuprofen. So I did and it seemed to have started going away until I forgot to take the zinc for two days. This was three days ago now and I've been taking the zinc again but my symptoms are horrible now. I have pain in my right ear, my throat is swollen and feels dry, I have a huge Migraine today and horrible nose burning anytime I bend or put my head down. It hurts to keep my eyes open but also begins hurting when my eyes are shut. Blurred vision with fog. I feel like I can breathe but am pretty sure there is congestion cuz I cough it up. My voice is affected as well. The pain is beginning to run down my neck to my shoulders and is hard to swallow which is making me have loss of appetite. They did a rapid strep test and it was negative but waiting for the culture results. They cant see any swelling in my ear or my throat but it definitely feels like it. I just don't get it

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by Linnac1, Dec 12, 2014
I've been sick for 3 days now and it started with an itchy throat at night and the next morning I could barely move because my body hurt so bad and my throat was so inflamed and my sinus's were completely clogged my throat hurt so bad everytime I coughed and I had non stop mucus the second day I still had all the symptoms except my body didn't ache that bad and now today day 3 I still have most symptoms but now I feel like I'm going to throw up?  What is wrong with me?

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by fessie1080, Dec 19, 2014
I have a cough and just a little stopped up, i cant hear either. Been going on over a month. My dr said sinus infection and ive been on two antibiotics. Sinus pills dont help either. She said she didnt see anything in my ears. My ears drain sometimes but i still cant hear. Whats going on here??


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by brandyg11, Dec 31, 2014
I went to the zoo 3 days ago and it was warm kinda outside wet i had like a cold sweat but i was real hot also from walking. Wel when o got home tht night my throat was really sore for 2 day and i woke up with my left ear feelin like i got somt in it.hardly can hear and i can hear out of it but not as good as my right one..now i dont have a runny nose or cough and my throats good now .i am coughing up thick yellow stuff with a little blood in it but not much..i jus want my ear to open up its like pressure idk ive done hot water with a rag steam motrin idk wat to do i yawned swolled n everything wat can i do

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by kookie9, Jan 04, 2015
About three weeks ago I had watery eyes, ears clogged up chills and hot spells, sneezing , and coughing up like green phlegm, I called my MD andshe pprescribeda Z-pak. I felt fine within a few days, Now im dry coughing whish is making my chest burn badly, runny nose, at the bottom of my throat is itching, sneezing, stuffy nose, and my heads hurts only when I cough . This is all day...  I have two nerve diseases also so I really don't know if its due to the symptoms or disease... Is it a cold flu or pneumonia...

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by tay86hha, Jan 07, 2015
Its been almost two weeks this sun Ive  not eatting few days I been up tussin daytim n nightime hunny cough drops ect . Mucus is yellow  migrain but I dohave slip disk n herniation lack of sleep. Cold b hit flashes weakness  ive had bronchitis so I know  alot of the weezing   is from my bronchials. .it  did infact start with running nose  I trid to have a dribk n had heat flashes so stopped  n it increases n frels worse .I dont go outside but to pt n back 28 yrs of age woman.  I also wasnt able to control  my  urination which has been very  annoying  need answers no soreness in nasaul    have been sleeping sitting up when I can sleep    more internal pain cheast stomache back  slightly head aches


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by Dylbra2134, Jan 09, 2015
My throat is sore i get really dizzy and break out into a cold sweat and throw up anytime i eat anything

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by lesamree, Jan 16, 2015
I have had a "cold" for over a month now.  It was a typical cold, was getting better, went up north after Christmas for a week where the weather was much colder.  It came back ten-fold where I was coughing all night, had lots of phlegm, etc.  I went to ER when I got back home and they said I had a sinus infection.  They gave me Amoxicillin, zyrtec, sudafed, and I took that for almost 10 days and was a little better but still sick.  I went to the doctor last week and they said I had an upper respiratory infection, and told me to stop taking the zyrtec and take Chrom (can't remember, for allergies, causes drowsiness).  They also gave me a cough pill.  I started taking all that and thought I was getting better, but now I seem to be coughing again and the phlegm is starting up again.  My chest feels full and itchy.  I used my inhaler this morning to see if that would help.  I lived in an apt last year that had mold in it (didn't know at the time).  It made me very sick and I was diagnosed with a restricted lower airway.  I moved out after six months but seem to still have problems sometimes.  I feel like this "cold" is never going to go away, and don't know what to do anymore.

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by truehealings, Jan 21, 2015
I feel really tired my throat has a scratchy but burning sensation and my ears feel wet. Please help. Feel awful.


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by mbelton, Jan 22, 2015
I started out with soreness in the throat to a cough. It is going on 10  days and its not getting any better. I am spitting up yellow mucus. Coughing hard that my head hurts from coughing. I am very tired, not hungry. At times my throat gets a weird feeling and its hard to take a deep breath. Last  night I was having pain in my upper back, believe from coughing so much. My doctor gave me amoxicillin 4 days ago and said that was sufficient. She only looked in my throat and ears didn't listen to my chest. Since then it has got worse and  for a few days I was vomiting. Everyone keeps telling me I sounds terrible. I just want this to go away

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by Furnuts, Jan 25, 2015
I've had a cold a earache one ear goes def and the other hurts a little and feels like it's pumping and my head feels funny with buzzing noise in the ears yet I went to doctor and they said it was a viral infection then turned into tonsillitis but I still have all this 3 weeks later all the doctors say is it will clear with time wat can I do

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by meowmeow1, Jan 25, 2015
I have rattling in my lungs like congestion that tickles and a bad cough that has prevented me from sleeping for about 4 days, but when I cough nothing much comes up even with an expectorant. Once after taking an expectorant I had coughing fits that were difficult to get the breath for and felt scary like drowning a bit. I've only had a very low fever a couple times less than 100.5 and no other cold symptoms at all. My insurance won't be active till February first. Where can I go for help? I live in Southern California.

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by DDL4412, Jan 25, 2015
Hello, im 27 year old male and when i sleep sometimes have blood flowing from some where middle in the nose to my throat and when i swallow it i already knew its my blood. and i woke up and spit and theres blood clots and also cough, i also have spews coming out of my rifght ear prior to having blood flow down my throat and swallowing and i know it taste like my blood but i feel nothings going with my health also i have my right eye red for 2 days, im also previously diagnosed with pneumonia b4 i was a child but i have been since cured when i got confined, i also have been diagnose with polyps got got a polyp surgery at 12 years old and got confined, there always problem when i get a blood test they always say my white blood cells are high but after treating my white blood cells goes back to normal, but it always keeps coming back? when i get a flue when the weather comes its always comes near from jan, feb, nov, sept, dec?

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by sn342342, Jan 29, 2015
i woke up tuesday morning and my voise was extremly hoarse and i had a dry caugh and a headache had it going on 3 or so day so anoying it hurts to talk can swallow anything becouse i start choking

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by Maddie1202, Feb 04, 2015
I have these pains but my mom won't believe me she just says it's allergies

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by hopkins48, Feb 04, 2015
Does the removal of the adenoid and second hand smoking make a cold worsen

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by Kristi0311, Feb 17, 2015
My experiences in the past two weeks were: I have been exposed to the flu virus through my boyfriend and kids. I have also had the flu shot but I do know it's a hit or miss on the strain.  Anyway, my boyfriend had a bad fever that seemed to get better after day two but came back full force for a couple more days. At the time of his flu I was under stress from work from deadlines. A week later during Valentine's day weekend, I woke up to a sore throat. My nose has been stuffed but unless I sneeze, it does not run and when it does from sneezing, the running only lasts about 20 minutes. My temp is normal, but I feel weak and have been sleeping off and on all day.

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by epfk, Feb 18, 2015
I always know I'm coming down with something when pain begins at the base of the back of my neck. I am prone to sinus infections. And was told I have severe sinusitis and rinitius. But this cold I have now is really bringing me down. It first started with a dry repetitive cough. A headache followed. Then serve muscle and bone pain to the point were I couldn't walk right. After a day of serve body pain, the deep painful chest congestion sets in causing phlegm to be coughed up. Accompanied with the chest congestion is serve body chills. Then back to normal temperature. Followed by feeling too hot. The cycle repeats its self all day long. I find taking Motrin helps counteract these symptoms. I did notice one evening during a bad coughing spell, that my stomach acid started to come up. The next morning, I woke with the worst soar throat. Only eating warm foods helped ease the pain. The pain in my throat didn't last the entire day.  

As for what my days were like before I became sick, the are the following, my daughter was sick. Then she got me sick. This was a short cold. Then my husband got sick. He's prone to having bronchitis. Then he passes the virus onto me. In the mist of all that, my 16 year old daughter ran away. She wont come home and the police said they can't make her. So no wonder I'm such a mess. So needless to say, this is a strange illness for me as I always get sinus infections where this cold is settling in my chest.

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by nequa2009, Mar 02, 2015
Well it started with a tickle in my throat. Then it went to my ears being clogged off and on. I now have a cough and irritation in my throat. My voice is cracking. My mucus can be between clear, yellow or brown chunks. When I smoke a cigarette it's makes it worse. When i wake up in the morning it feels like there is something stuck in my throat.

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by Samandsamantha, Mar 05, 2015
I woke up on Monday so four days ago with nose completely stuffed up off and on for a couple days and runny nose and lightheaded.  Had migraines and headaches off and on and chills and body aches like my shoulders and upper back and leg cramps which was hard to walk on.  Then I've been really nauseated to what I eat and smells.  Been feeling like I have to have diarrhea for weeks but I haven't yet. I barely get sleep cause it's hard to sleep on my side and I'm not allowed to sleep on my back or stomach.  Then at first I lost my appetite and now it's back I just never know what I want to eat.  Then my sore throat has been coming on and off for at least three days or so before that I had a blood blister on my mouth but went away on its own with an hour or that night.  My ears hurt and feel clogged and like it has fluid or something in there.  Then my face hurts and forehead hurts and jaws hurt.  I also suffer from hyperemesis. I'm prone to sinus infections.  I rarely cough if I do it's mostly cause of a dry throat.  I'm 35 weeks and 5 days pregnant and got tested for group b strep. I have vertigo but ear doctor said I don't have that only tinnitus. My twin brother has had sinuses and everyone I live with has had a cold or virus and my middle brother has had bronchitis and mom has had the flu.  I honestly don't know what I have and just want to avoid having to go to the doctors. Please help!! If any of you think you know what's going on with me email me at ***@****

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by margypops, Mar 06, 2015
I have had what I term the flu virus twice in the last few months, really nasty with painful body aches, dry hacking cough and very tired.I have come to the conclusion as have many others its to do with the aerial they are doing , the toxins they spray are to cool the weather, but it all comes down on us ./Look up"What on earth are they spraying"

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by Dalubaba, Mar 07, 2015
To prevent common cold and upper respiratory problems - warm water vapor inhaler- can be taken once a week or  till nasal and long congestion is existing. Vapor electrical inhaler is available with all medical and non medical stores.
Another yoga technique is  Neti Pot. It is tea kettle like devise. You put pout (not the right word?) of the kettle in one nostril and tilt it one side and let the water flow to come out from other nostril. Google neti pot to know the details. Doctors do prescribe neti pot treatment.
Another home treatment; We take tea every morning. Just keep the cup below your chin and let the fume go up to your nose. This is almost automatic vapor inhaling.  Few inhalation will decongest  your nose and lungs.

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by Dalubaba, Mar 07, 2015
To prevent common cold and upper respiratory problems - warm water vapor inhaler- can be taken once a week or  till nasal and long congestion is existing. Vapor electrical inhaler is available with all medical and non medical stores.
Another yoga technique is  Neti Pot. It is tea kettle like devise. You put pout (not the right word?) of the kettle in one nostril and tilt it one side and let the water flow to come out from other nostril. Google neti pot to know the details. Doctors do prescribe neti pot treatment.
Another home treatment; We take tea every morning. Just keep the cup below your chin and let the fume go up to your nose. This is almost automatic vapor inhaling.  Few inhalation will decongest  your nose and lungs.

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by Dalubaba, Mar 07, 2015
To prevent common cold and upper respiratory problems - warm water vapor inhaler- can be taken once a week or  till nasal and long congestion is existing. Vapor electrical inhaler is available with all medical and non medical stores.
Another yoga technique is  Neti Pot. It is tea kettle like devise. You put pout (not the right word?) of the kettle in one nostril and tilt it one side and let the water flow to come out from other nostril. Google neti pot to know the details. Doctors do prescribe neti pot treatment.
Another home treatment; We take tea every morning. Just keep the cup below your chin and let the fume go up to your nose. This is almost automatic vapor inhaling.  Few inhalation will decongest  your nose and lungs.

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by quetiptwinkie1and2, Mar 18, 2015
Hello, In my lifetime (58) I've never had any known allergies. About 6 years ago I started feeling sick with congestion earache and severe headaches. The next week we were leaving to go to the beach for a weeks vacation and I figured I'd better go to the Dr. She told me to take Sudafed and  ibuprofen. No antibiotics was prescribed.  Within 2 days I started   itching and my eyes started watering like crazy and the substance was burning my face.  I thought it was either an allergic  reaction to the Sudafed or the itching was caused by bedbugs?! Under my eyes were pure red and raw!
I came back home went to the Dr. again 3 different times trying to find out what was wrong and why the antibiotics they put me on, weren't working. I ended up going to the hospital, still couldn't find anything that stood out. By this time I literally thought I was going to die! My headaches got so bad I couldn't function. All I wanted or felt like doing was curling myself into a ball hiding my eyes (because opening them and light made my headaches worse). Still no answers! Just another antibiotic that wasn't working. After 3 days I went back to the Dr. and that's when she saved me!!! She asked if I wanted an injection that would go straight to my bloodstream. she said that it was a one time injection and it was made for an on set of world wide infections or something to that nature. I said hell yes! Like why has it taken this long to suggest it? After the injection, my sister drove me home and I went to bed. Next morning I awoke feeling like a brand new person. BAM! That fast and I was as good as new! I'm sorry this is so long but I've said all that to say this... Since then, I will not go out side without ear plugs or cotton in my ears, if the wind is blowing and I wear water proof ear plugs to keep from getting my ears wet. That alone, I think has preventing me from it getting that bad again. I'm not a Dr. but all the pain in my head I think is coming from my ears! Once my ears start to pop when I blow my nose or sneeze my headaches stop and don't return until my ears become stopped up again. But to give you an example, I got a what I thought was a cold in October I've had good and bad days but still the same one . I'll go a few days and seem to be better and what I mean by better is little or no headaches. Then it's back. I can function but don't feel like doing much at all. My head feels like it's going to explode! I can deal with all the symptoms but the headaches! It usually starts with itchy watery eyes maybe a scratchy throat and either my nose feels dry and gummy or it's runny. Head tilted down, it drips. And sometimes it feels like my nose, eyes and face is going to itch off. I have tried 3 different allergy medications Allegra, Clairton and Zertec  . It doesn't seem to help. I haven't been tested for allergies because of cost but I'm not sure allergies even cause headaches. and getting rid of them is my main priority! Your input on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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by wiseangie, Mar 20, 2015
Hi I have had this blocked runny nose headaches and diarrhoea for 2 days now and cannot eat wreching a lot to pains bad in stomache cannot hardly breath also got asthma I am using imodian for the diarrhoea not helping I get colds twice a year just before summer and winter getting pain in eye when try to sniff and cannot eat anything x

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by wiseangie, Mar 20, 2015
Hi I have had this blocked runny nose headaches and diarrhoea for 2 days now and cannot eat wreching a lot to pains bad in stomache cannot hardly breath also got asthma I am using imodian for the diarrhoea not helping I get colds twice a year just before summer and winter getting pain in eye when try to sniff and cannot eat anything x

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by wiseangie, Mar 20, 2015
Hi I have had this blocked runny nose headaches and diarrhoea for 2 days now and cannot eat wreching a lot to pains bad in stomache cannot hardly breath also got asthma I am using imodian for the diarrhoea not helping I get colds twice a year just before summer and winter getting pain in eye when try to sniff and cannot eat anything x

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by wiseangie, Mar 20, 2015
Sorry it came on three times don't know why but I apologise

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by brendahayes4, Mar 27, 2015
I don't know what's going on with me!!! I don't have a runny nose cough or sore throat,  I get a fever every six hours, it feels like I can't breathe, and feel very week. My chest hurts pretty bad, haven't been able to sleep for the last two days. Please help.

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by tgpsillas, Apr 03, 2015
I am wondering if all the oil fracking is causing all these problems.
Since G.W. Bush eased up pollution standards and drilling for oil from shale in the USA, it seems that I have had a major increase in  allergies, bronchitis and colds that last all winter. I never had allergies before 2001.
I live in CT, which is due East of Pennsylvania, where lots of fracking oil out of shale rock is going on.
People in Europe, who live near or east of the locations fracking is done are complaining of the same symptoms.


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by soundofwolves, Apr 06, 2015
Hello. I might need some help. I'm a boy with 17 yeard old who lives in Portugal. So, last month I felt something stuck in my throat, like a ball and this symptom continue 3 weeks since then. I went to the doctor and she said it probably was a spasm on the esophagus, she prescribed me some muscle relaxants and some some anti-inflammatory meds. Because I had an inflamed throat, but I didn't felt it. The strange thing is the soon I get out from the Health Care, I felt pain in my throat, light pain. I took the meds for 4 days and the "lump" disappeard, but the inflammation didn't. It's been there for 2 weeks and it became infected now. I woke up always with a scratchy throat and by the day it starts hurting, specially when I swallow, it gets worse at night. I dont know if this might help but a week ago I had a awful heartburn, srsly it was killing my esophagus, it passed 1 hour later. I have heartburn since I was a kid, but not like this. Thanks and I hope you can help me!
Oh btw, I also did a ecography for my throat and the doctor said I had nothing wrong.

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by Rangerlady1, Apr 06, 2015
I have been very lucky until now it has been fifty {50} years with no cold, no flu no anything. But it got me on Friday, and it is now going on Tuesday. First the sore throat, couldn't swallow very well. Now the runny nose, sick little cough, voice sounds like an echo chamber, ear feels deaf. I have no clue where this little mean rotten bug came from. I take a flu shot every year faithfully. Thank God for salt and warm water, and ginger-ale.
I was having a lot of stress before this started. Both toilets went down the same time, as a widow I had to go to home depot and get someone to tell me how to put a flap on one, and an arm on the other. That was stressful to me.

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by finagar, Apr 08, 2015
I'm not sure what's going on with me I been sick for a week. I have a cough that's hurts my chest,sore throat, nose that stuff up , when I blow blood comes out, it feels like I have fever in my body, eyes feel burning


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by maphethi, Apr 09, 2015
My mom usisnder tb treatment and now she has lost appetite, difficult in breathing In a way that they supportingd her with oxygen, feeling cold,depressed Wat could be the course of all thia

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by maphethi, Apr 09, 2015
My mom usisnder tb treatment and now she has lost appetite, difficult in breathing In a way that they supportingd her with oxygen, feeling cold,depressed Wat could be the course of all thia

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by Mizzara, Apr 14, 2015
Doctor and ER had no idea what has been affecting people all over America. I never had post nasal drip before and this slammed into me hard. Three months is the average illness time. Did not matter what ideas I tried; for the first six weeks I was going through a minimum of 1,800 tissues.....per day. Could not sleep, passed out from exhaustion just to be jerked awake strangling in mucus. Ate very little due to stomach full of mucus. Tried piling pillows in front to lean forward and let my nose drain onto a towel in attempt to sleep, didn't work. Only time I felt worse was the year I had the Hong Kong flu. This was not allergies flu or cold. Creeping crud is best name local medical staff could call this mystery illness. Consumed water, used saline spray and flushed sinuses. Tried Mucinex of all kind to no avail. Robituusion cold remedy helped during the last few weeks to get some rest. Doctor finally suggested Flonase nasal spray, thankfully had some and good news is it is now sold over the counter. Whatever this was I hope to hell, pardon my language, I never get it again and whatever it was I pray it died so no one else gets it. Imagine having the flu a cold and terrible allergies all at the same time....it would still not be as miserable as this was. It was not known if it was viral or bacterial but knowing people aged 10 to 72 living in different parts of the country and varying levels of health makes it that much more mysterious. If you get post nasal drip and begin can do nothing more with your day than blow your nose see your doctor but if you can't afford to I again say that my doctor's suggestion to use Flonase helped me turn the corner back to good health. If anyone knows what this is I would like to hear from you.


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by JessicaWooten31, Apr 19, 2015
I've got news for you people. All of this goes WAY beyond fracking. Take a little time& explore the web or YouTube.

CHEMTRAILS.

Our water supply is full of poison...they tell you fluoride is good for you when in fact it's slowing our minds & tiring our bodies..& more..& the fluoride they dump in our water ISN'T even naturally occurring, it's chemical waste...& if they didn't dump it in the water it would BY LAW, HAVE to be labeled as CHEMICAL WASTE, complete with skull& cross bones.

Our food supply is FULL of poison. Fresh crops are being overridden by GMOs. Protein, by law has to be pumped full of human growth hormone & antibiotics. And the rest is full of MSG, hydrogenated oils, which make MSG look like child's play,& all manner of chemical additives. MSG is a DRUG..it causes you to become addicted to this CRAP& shun REAL FRESH FOOD FULL OF VITAMINS, MINERALS..NUTRIENTS YOUR BODY NEEDS to function

You wonder why a kid can't sit near a peanut, these things are breeding allergies like this world has NEVER seen.

You wonder why everyone's obese, & sick & tired & have foggy brains, Alzheimer's, etc.

THIS IS WHY!!!
WAKE UP WORLD!

You think these are accidental, & not planned out decades ahead of time by the powerful in this world?

WAKE UP WORLD!

You think I'm a conspiracy theorist? Try reading news from A DIFFERENT COUNTRY THAN YOUR OWN. Be informed. America says "GMOs are great & have no ill effects" Try reading the studies from around the world that call them LIARS!
America says Chemtrails are great, they help or weather patterns" Yet when posed with the question of long term effects of MEGATONS of aluminum being dropped over our heads, THEIR EXPERTS say, "We have not studied the long term effects, quite possibly down the road something terrible could come of it."
!!!!!!!!!!

And we LET THEM DO IT.......ALL!


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by Lucky_M, May 04, 2015
My symptoms stared with a strong headache, then in three days time I stared to cough still having this headache. Then I started having a strong pain in my chest. And this pain became more painful each day. And then it also cursed a strong pain in my lungs.

Now my heart is very painful and I can even sleep with my left side, and And I struggle to sleep at night. When I'm relaxed I can even see my heart beating.

I have tried two dr's and they both say is flue, and they have given me flu and cold medications but they only mad me worse.

this is the fourth month now, can you pleas tell me what is wrong with me and the cause an how can I put an end on this.

my name is Lucky Motsoane

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by Retta_monroe, May 06, 2015
Hello, my name is Loretta. I have these horrible cold chills up and down my spine on a daily basis, runny stuffed up nose, and occasional head aches and migranes at the same time. I believe it was caused by me sleeping on my back and my dad always opening the windows early in the morning when he leaves for work. The only thing I rely on for pain relief is Ibuprofen or Motrin; however, I've never been fond of constantly taking pain pills due to my past experience with an ulcer. I also just don't like having chemicals in my body. It makes me lose my appetite for some reason. So, now I don't know what to do to relieve the pain or get rid of what ever it is that I'm experiencing. Please help me

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by JadenSkyeWhitfield, May 09, 2015
I need you to answer my question please.  When school was about to end my throat started to hurt, and when I got home it started to hurt even more, then my nose became stuffy and runny. I had woke up a 4:00 because snot had started to build up in my throat and then I went to bed at 4:50. When I woke my throat was hurting like crazy but then I discovered that when I eat something my throat stops hurting but when I don't eat or I drink something my throat hurts when I swallow. Do you have any idea what this is?

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by Mmilman, Jun 28, 2015
I had surgery 5 wks ago,  had my gall  bladder taken out ( which was badly infected) , after I got a sore throat, lost my voice got a sinus infection., ear infection and fluid on my lung.  was put on a strong antibiotic for 10 days , it all cleared up but left me with a tickle and constant cough that  will not stop. My throat is sore and I can't get this to stop. Could it be from the tube down my throat during surgery or an after  affect from surgery. ???  Was thinking of calling an  ear,nose and throat doctor but am sick of doctors apt.  Do u  think I should  make an apt. with  someone to see if any damage was done to my throat???? thanks for any feedback u can give me.

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by DougEC, Jul 26, 2015
I began feeling like I had a low grade flu or cold (June 5th). Went on a Z-Pack on June 8th (5 days). Thought I was starting to get a little better, but became a lingering cold with chest congestion and dry cough with periods of sweating, especially when laying down or sleeping at night, and a sore tongue. This went on for weeks with coughing becoming hacking, so went back to a clinic (July 12th) and was given prednisone (5 days), benzonatate (10 days), and an inhaler for bronchitis. Took these prescription drugs for the prescribed time. Started coughing again and congestion went into my sinuses 3 days after I finished the prednisone. I called back into the clinic and they prescribed me Bactrim, which is supposed to be alot stronger, on July 22nd. Today is July 26th and I still feel bad! Head congestion, slight chest congestion, sore tongue, and sweats. I guess I have to complete the 10 day prescription. I hope it works because I do not know what else to do. I am beside myself and can't live life being sick so long. Just do not know what I really have or if it is a stronger bronchitis or strain of flu. Going on 8 weeks now!

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by Sharpe234, Aug 10, 2015
hi, my name is sawyer, I'm 12 years old and I recently started playing golf, and about two weeks ago (a few days after I started swinging)  and one night I was at my friends house and my chest felt weird so I came home, I had a lot of anxiety bc I was scared something was wrong, a few days later my mom took me to the doctor and he said he didn't think anything was wrong. He said he didn't think anything was wrong, i felt better knowing that he said I was ok, I went to my dad that weekend and I was fine, and I was fine, and it started back ab three or four days ago, now my nose is dry, my throat feels weird ( I think bc of congestion) but idk and i haven't ate as much, I think bc of my anxiety.. so do u have any idea what might be wrong if there is something wrong?

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by Sharpe234, Aug 10, 2015
hi, my name is sawyer, I'm 12 years old and I recently started playing golf, and about two weeks ago (a few days after I started swinging)  and one night I was at my friends house and my chest felt weird so I came home, I had a lot of anxiety bc I was scared something was wrong, a few days later my mom took me to the doctor and he said he didn't think anything was wrong. He said he didn't think anything was wrong, i felt better knowing that he said I was ok, I went to my dad that weekend and I was fine, and I was fine, and it started back ab three or four days ago, now my nose is dry, my throat feels weird ( I think bc of congestion) but idk and i haven't ate as much, I think bc of my anxiety.. so do u have any idea what might be wrong if there is something wrong?

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by punza, Aug 16, 2015
Hi I started working at a new place a a machenic for the past 3weeks I have been having problems sleeping,I have blocked nose and snore of which I never did before I've also noticed that I have a glant under my chick bone is this allergies or what I had antibiotics but nothing helps,please assist

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