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The cold that just won't go away, or something else? - February 22nd 2012, 03:33 PM


I've been having cold symptoms (slight headache, sore/scratchy throat with a "swollen" feeling in my neck, runny nose, postnasal drip, general blah feeling) on and off for about two months now. It seems like some days I feel absolutely fine, other days I'm fine in the morning and feel awful in the evening, and the rest of time I'm pretty evenly uncomfortable from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep.

I went to see my doctor about it, and she put me on antibiotics. That was about six days ago, and I haven't seen any improvement. She didn't think I had mono after examining me, but that's the only long-term illness I could think of that even sounds a little like what's going on with me.

Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be stress-induced or something?

I have Crohn's disease (which unfortunately means the only OTC pain med I can take is acetaminophen/paracetamol), but it's currently in remission. I also suffer from allergies, but my helpful allergy medication doesn't soothe my symptoms very well when I take it.

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Re: The cold that just won't go away, or something else? - February 22nd 2012, 03:49 PM

Do you take medication for Crohn's? A lot of Crohn's medication (at least all the ones I've been on) can cause cold/flu symptoms.

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Re: The cold that just won't go away, or something else? - March 2nd 2012, 05:38 PM

I would advise your doctor on the length of time you've had the cold and that there hasn't been improvement. But you may have just to wait for results. Defiantly get a lot of rest and get a lot of vitamin C and D.
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