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common cold symptoms... but for 3 weeks!

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  • Posted By: adifrank
  • August 16, 2012
  • 11:41 AM

hi. i'm definitely sick with something. the symptoms are mild, but it's been going on for almost three weeks.

it started out as chest congestion and just an overall feeling that i was catching a cold. though i didn't have a runny nose, just a slight cough.
then i started to feel occasional shivers, though every time i've taken my temperature it has been normal.
also my throat would start to feel soar. i would gargle salt water and it would go away for a while. after a few days my throat would once again become soar.

so to sum up my symptoms: chest congestion (no pain), slight cough, very mild runny nose (3-4 tissues a day), soar throat, shivers, occasional pains in knee joints (happened twice during the night), slight weakness and loss of appetite, though i'm functioning pretty normally - i can work and although i think i eat less than i do normally, i still get hungry and eat three meals a day.

the symptoms by themselves don't worry me much. they really seem like a common cold. the only thing that concerns me is how long i've not been able to shake this. i've never had a cold for more than a week.

i'm normally healthy. i don't smoke. drink socially, but not a heavy drinker. i take vitamin c regularly. i've been taking common medicine for chest congestion relief & cough suppressant. i've also been taking pain reliever and fever reducer when my joints (knees) start to hurt. i think those also help with the shivers.

i've been to a doctor. he said he doesn't know what i have and sent me for blood tests. i'm just wondering if there's anyone who might know what i could have and what i could try to do in order to fight it - before i go ahead with the blood tests and more doctor appointments.


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