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Thread: 4 months with a cold?!

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    4 months with a cold?!

    Hi guys,
    Just looking to see if anyone has any advice. Iíve honestly had a snotty cold/body aches/fatigue since the end of October. Iíve had antibotics that made no difference, then I came back and was told Ďyouíre stressed and thatís why you arenít getting betterí by a doctors but they agreed to do a blood test. Iím low in vitamin D so for the last 6 weeks Iíve been on some supplements and some liquid capsules. Itís not made any difference to the cold and itís really getting to me, I constantly feel exhausted and itís making me feel very depressed. Iím having vitamins, drinking lots of water/green tea, I go on long walks to exercise even though I feel so tired and try to eat a good diet. I just donít know what to do anymore, Iíve been taking days off work as holiday because I feel bad for having time off work for a cold but I feel so rubbish and itís gone on for so long now I just donít see the end. Iím the sole income in my household because I have a partner with a chronic illness so I need to be healthy and feeling good at work.
    Anyone experienced something similar?

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    Go to an allergist and ENT. Get your thyroid tested. Make sure you are not loading up with all sorts of herbal remedies, food, pet dander, etc you're allergic to. Get a HEPA filter for your bedroom. Get more sleep. You've had a workup and a course of antibiotics and that's not working.

    Stress can contribute to fatigue and depression but not upper respiratory symptoms, per se. Also get a referral to a therapist to unpack some of this stress and get some lifestyle management tips such as dealing with your, unfortunately, unproductive partner.

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    The majority of people are low in vitamin D thanks to sunscreen lol
    Antibiotics do not treat a cold.
    A cold is caused by one of thousands of different strains of viruses. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections only.
    How many different GPís have you seen for this?

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    Lots of other diseases and viruses have very similar symptoms to a cold or a flu. Sounds like you need to get to a different GP and press them hard for better answers than what you are getting. No cold or flu will go on for months. If doctors can't find anything, it could be environmental. Exposure to mold or other allergens/chemicals can give you these types of symptoms as well.

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    You need a new doctor! If I was you I'd go to a naturopath/homeopath, I've had much better results with them than doctors.

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    Agree with Wiseman, it's most likely allergies, tis the season!

    That said, I am recovering from a bad bronchial infection and on Saturday (two days ago) starting taking an antibiotic called z-pack, and after struggling with the infection for almost two weeks, the z-pack knocked it right out!

    Be careful of side effects, I couldn't sleep so doctor prescribed a sleeping med temporarily. Last night I slept 7 hours!

    I'd never heard of z-pack before but many people swear by it.

    Being sick sucks, Hope you feel better!

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    I'd also be asking for a chest xray, to rule out anything serious.

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    Yo don't take antibiotics for colds.

    Get to ENT or Allergist. Your GP sounds worthless.

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    Seems like allergies. I echo going to see a specialist... and a naturopath to get assessed at a holistic level.

    Have you tried taking an antihistamine like Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride or Cetrizine Hydrochloride to see if you feel better?

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    I did speak to a pharmacist inbetween appointments as itís a challenge getting one unless itís urgent in the uk. He did say I should take antihistamines which I did every day for 3 weeks and didnít see a difference so I stopped.
    Might be worth taking again, Iíll try anything at this point!

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