Post # 1
Hey guys… So I’m lying awake at 2:00 AM because I slept for 5 hours today and I’m just contemplating what to do as far as my health. I’m not seeking medical advice, I just want to talk about it.
Basically I’ve been sick for close to a week now. Before Christmas, I was a little under the weather with a sore throat and mild fever and I had to take a 1/2 day off work because I was just not feeling well. Last week was my first week of winter break and I got a mild case of the sniffles, but I drank some Theraflu and it actually knocked it right out of me. I was feeling great. Then Sunday I was a bridesmaid in a wedding, and I woke up Monday and I had a really bad sore throat. It got progressively worse and my husband and I stayed in NYE. I was coughing pretty badly and I have a very scratchy voice because of it. From Monday – Wednesday I had a severely painful sore throat and a cough but really no other symptoms, aside from a mild fever for some of that time. Then starting on Thursday I now also have severe nasal congestion and the sneezing…that whole deal. I’ve also been very achy and exhausted, and coughing still but not as much. This morning I woke up at around 10 something and by noon, I was lying in bed, unable to move as if I had taken NyQuil (except I hadn’t) and I fell asleep for 5 hours! I’m starting work again on Monday and I just can’t imagine going in feeling this way. My eyes are burning and I want to go to sleep, but I stall because I know when I go to sleep it just means waking up with a burning throat and very uncomfortable congestion.
I haven’t gone to the dr. just because I don’t usually like to go in for just a cold or something that a little meds and rest can cure, but now I’m starting work again, I’m still sick, I’m getting very agitated..I just don’t know what to do or how I can help myself get better because nothing is working.
Post # 3
You need to go to the doctor. I had similar symptoms and had tonsilitis. Antibiotics did the trick.
Post # 4
@shadesofviolet: Can one get tonsilities without tonsils? I don’t have my tonsils anymore.
Post # 5
If you didn’t have to work, I’d say rest rest rest! But if you’re working, it’s going to be even more difficult to fight it off naturally (depending on what you have).
Really strange, but gargling crushed cayenne pepper mixed with hot water does strange wonders… but tea every hour/every other hour will also speed things up.
But again, stress wont help you so you probably should see a doctor. Stuffs going around like mad, feel better bee.
Post # 6
@star_dust: In that case – it could be sinus related or your ears… since they’re all connected. Never gave missing tonsils a thought! I found hot lemon drinks helped me, the one I was using had paracetemol in it…
Hope you’re on the mend soon.
Post # 7
i had an awful cold, cough and congestion over xmas with a sore throat with no voice. I did go to the doctor after 1 week befause im pregnant and was feeling miseable not being able to take anything.
the best thing to do (or so i was told) was to take hot showers and blow blow blow you nose right after. the steam help to clear the congestion. Then use a saline nasal spray. this will make the mucus thinner and will help releive sinus pressure and pain.
Salt water gargles 3-4 times a day to clear the crap from the back of your throat. Or if you are able to gargling with straight vinegar is great too.
After doing everything suggested my symptoms went away within 2 days.
My doctor told me it was not very common to get a bacterial infection with other cold symptoms therefore it was very unlikely that antibiotics were needed.
Post # 8
I think it might be H3N2, it’s going around this year.
Post # 9
Sounds like a bit of tonsilitis to me…I’ve had it about a million times (well, 6-7 times a year since I was 7 or so, and Im now 28!). It is a horrible feeling and (if you’re in the UK) they sometimes (doctors) let you get better by yourself. In my instance I was getting wisdom tooth infections and/or tonsilitus at least once a month and they don’t want to give you any antibiotics (seriously, I had to literally force them to extract my teeth and they STILL ahven’t taken out the tonsils).
On another note, yes you can still get tonsilitus if you don’t have any physical droopy-down tonsils coz those little blightrs have a ROOT (yummy!) which they don’t remove when they extract them. This means, whilst it is sometimes hardfer to catch tonsilitis when you don’t have then, it makes it quite a bit worse when you get them coz the infection is not just on the dangly bits but in the roots. Hope that makes sense?
I don’t know about which types of things you have where you live but I swear by a mouthwash called ‘oraldene’ it’s mega-good and I use it whenever I feel a tonsil-tickle. If you don’t have any access to really good medicinal mouth wash I would gargle/swoosh about with TCP liquid diluted in hot water (if you have that!) and if not a simple salt and water solution should work. Problem is it sometimes makes you gag what with sore/annoyed throat.
I would second what a PP said and try get some anti-b’s (that is if it is tonsilitis). Also, as much as you won’t want to – EAT! It will make you better, I promise! Lots of water, or liquid too.