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post #1 of 27
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I feel aweful I've been sick since Monday, but thought i would feel better by now. There's a cold that seems to be going around here and a lot of people seem to have it at the moment.I was sick about 3 or so weeks ago and thought i had finally gotten over it...apparently i was wrong though I was off work Tues/Wed as part of my regular schedule. I got dressed this morning and went in (i felt like calling in sick though.) I was there for a whole 30 minutes before i had to leave. I came home and slept until just a little while ago.

It's the typical coughing, sneezing my head off, congestion, runny nose, runny eyes, and fever. I've been taking some stuff for it- so hopefully it will clear up soon. In the mean time though i'm just feeling like crud It shouldn't be the flu - as i got my flu shot back in Oct. I know i can't be the only one- anyone else have this "cold" that's going around?
post #2 of 27
Yup. I had it until I bought some Zicam & it cleared me right up!
John had the flu at the same time, so I bought the one for cold & flu and it worked really well for the both of us. I still have a little cough, but other than that I'm feeling better than I did!

Check it out, its a little spendy, I paid about $8.00 for the cold & flu stuff, I think its the same price for the cold one.
http://www.zicam.com/

You can get it at just about any department store or pharmacy

Feel better!
post #3 of 27
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Thansk Kenzie! I will look into getting some of that today when Colin gets home. One of my coworkers mentioned it to me this morning when i was coughing up a storm, she said it helped her.

I'm not sure which one i would need though. I'll ask the pharmacist.
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Thansk Kenzie! I will look into getting some of that today when Colin gets home. One of my coworkers mentioned it to me this morning when i was coughing up a storm, she said it helped her.

I'm not sure which one i would need though. I'll ask the pharmacist.
I would say the cold gel swabs would be the best. Everyone that I know always uses them when they have a head cold like that.
I'm sure asking a pharmacist would be your best bet, though!
post #5 of 27
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I would say the cold gel swabs would be the best. Everyone that I know always uses them when they have a head cold like that.
I'm sure asking a pharmacist would be your best bet, though!
Thankyou! I will ask the pharacist about those! Anything that could help me get over this crud, i'm willing to try! Right now i'm taking tessalon (benzonate pearls) for the cough- i had a prescription left over from the last time i was sick...and i'm talking http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...id=prod1362656
something- not sure which one is helping break up the mucus, but i'm still having all my symptoms, so maybe the zicam would help.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Thankyou! I will ask the pharacist about those! Anything that could help me get over this crud, i'm willing to try! Right now i'm taking tessalon (benzonate pearls) for the cough- i had a prescription left over from the last time i was sick...and i'm talking http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...id=prod1362656
something- not sure which one is helping break up the mucus, but i'm still having all my symptoms, so maybe the zicam would help.
Be careful with what you mix with sinus medication. I did the samething and my doctor smacked me.

I hope you feel better soon and that the zicam works for you.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Crazyforinfo View Post
Be careful with what you mix with sinus medication. I did the samething and my doctor smacked me.

I hope you feel better soon and that the zicam works for you.
My doctor said it was ok for me to take the tessalon pearls with the walgreens stuff. (i always ask first before it take things, i'd hate to have a bad reaction!)
I'm going to ask the pharmacist if taking the zicam in addition to the other two is a safe idea or not
post #8 of 27
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Well, i was able to talk to my doctor earlier (he's soo nice). He said that the Zicam would be ok for me to use. Tonight Colin took me to Walgreens, so i picked up the Zicam Cold nose swabs. I took my first dose a little while ago, so i'm hoping it helps soon! I'm still feeling crummy- so i'm hoping this stuff helps me get over my cold quicker!
post #9 of 27
Nikki, the Zicam is what I keep on hand for me and the older kids.It works really good for knocking those colds out.
I hope you get some relief from your cold soon.
post #10 of 27
You know honey (esp buckwheat honey) is being recommended now for children (not under age 2 I believe) for coughs instead of OTC medicine. Just a thought.

Mom caught a cold in Oct when they went to visit my sis and it hung on for a good two weeks. My fav SIL has been ill since Thanksgiving and I spoke with her Wed and she didn't sound a whole lot better -she did go to the doc though. Thank goodness I haven't caught anything so far.

I hope you get better soon.
post #11 of 27
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Nikki, the Zicam is what I keep on hand for me and the older kids.It works really good for knocking those colds out.
I hope you get some relief from your cold soon.
Thanks Tammy! I'm not sure if it's the Zicam or what, but i am feeling a little better this morning I'm still pretty stuffy/feeling kind of run down- but overall, i feel MUCH better today!

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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
You know honey (esp buckwheat honey) is being recommended now for children (not under age 2 I believe) for coughs instead of OTC medicine. Just a thought.

Mom caught a cold in Oct when they went to visit my sis and it hung on for a good two weeks. My fav SIL has been ill since Thanksgiving and I spoke with her Wed and she didn't sound a whole lot better -she did go to the doc though. Thank goodness I haven't caught anything so far.

I hope you get better soon.
Honey is wonderful! I've been taking several teaspoon fulls of it a day and putting it in my tea with some lemon slices and orange slices. It really helps coat my throat/sooth it a bit. It hasn't helped with my cold though.

The Zicam and my other medications seem to be kicking in (finally!) now, i'm feeling a little better! I'm sorry about your SIL! I hope she gets to feeling better soon!!
post #12 of 27
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Well, i'm off to the doctor tomorrow, i'm going to go and just pay out of pocket I'm much worse. I thought i was getting better for a little while there- i was going to try and tough it out and try a few OTC medicines (with the pharmacists ok)....but my cold is back with a vengance and nothing is helping- it's starting to make my asthma symptoms pretty bad. The last time i was this sick it turned into pnemonia- so i'm hoping i can get to the doctor and get it taken care of before i get that ill.

I've tried mucinex, zicam, some Walgreens versions of pseudophed PE, vapor rub, eucinacia, and a number of other otc medicines/supplements to try and help. I am out of my cough syrup medicine (prescription), so i'm hoping to get that refilled tomorrow. In the mean time though- this crud has made its way into my lungs so my asthma (which is normally under control- i rarely ever have to use my inhaler) is acting up horribly and i've had to use my inhaler 3 times today alone. Uhhhh! Lucky for me though, our days at work are different this week with the holidays comming up so i have off tomorrow, wed, and thurs...so i'm hoping i'm better by the time i go back to work on friday.

Could i get a few vibes if you guys don't mind. I've had this cold for several weeks now and i'm just praying it doesn't cost me a fortune to go to the doctor and try to get better.
post #13 of 27
I can't believe you are still sick. Sounds like you need some antibiotics. I hope it doesn't cost you that much and that you are better by Christmas.
It's horrible being sick during the holidays.
post #14 of 27
Lots of "feel better" vibes coming your way!
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Crazyforinfo View Post
I can't believe you are still sick. Sounds like you need some antibiotics. I hope it doesn't cost you that much and that you are better by Christmas.
It's horrible being sick during the holidays.
I know, i was hoping i'd be better by now- i just can not get over it at all I've been taking my vitamins/supplements and medicine like i'm supposed to- getting rest when i can, even tried a little light exercise (that was SOOO not a good idea!), i've tried to get rid of it on my own- but at this point i definitely need a doctor. I'm feeling worse and worse each day- and working on my feet all day is not making it better so the sooner i get well, the better.

My sister Kimmy is doing the same thing i am (she can't get over her cold eithor and we got it around the same time, we both have asthma). It seems to be going around- my mom's had a touch of it, two of my nephews have, my coworkers, and even Colin (who rarely gets sick) had it for a few days. They all have got better though except for my sister and i. I've always had a bit of a weak immune system, so sometimes it seems like it takes me longer to heal than it might someone else. The worst though is night time- i can't sleep through the night- i've been waking up every few hours having a cough "attack" and not being able to breathe. I tried using one of those Suda care vapor plug ins- but that didn't help.

Geesh, and i was worried about getting the flu! I could have saved myself the flu shot and worried more over getting a cold
post #16 of 27
for a quick recovery
post #17 of 27
i hope you feel better soon.
post #18 of 27
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Thankyou guys, i'm planning to go tomorrow afternoon if they can fit me in and it doesn't cost a small fortune.
post #19 of 27
Hope you get better soon I have had the same syptoms for almost five weeks now, yesterday at work I just felt shot away, it felt like every bone in my body was aching. The wife is nagging me to see the doctor to get some de-congestion stuff as I cant seem to shake it off my chest. Yeh! Yeh! I know smoking dont do it any good. But this is the first cold I have had in about three years.
post #20 of 27
Hope you get feeling better soon, Nikki.

I have post nasal drip and asthma so bad colds tend to knock me on my butt. My allergy meds are Singulair and Allegra D. When I have a cold I also take an OTC cold medicine such Advil Cold & Sinus (the kind with pseudoephedrine in it, I don't like the PE stuff).
post #21 of 27
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Thankyou guys. I have an appointment at 3:00 at the doctors office by my house. I've never used this particular doctor before (the one i've used before is off today) but at the moment i don't really mind too much whom i see so long as they do a good job and figure out how to get me over this cold!

They want a deposit $100 up front when i come in (understandable), they said if the visit costs less than my deposit- i'll get my change back, if it's more they would be happy to possibly work out a payment plan if i talk to the doctor- so if i need to, that's what i will do. I asked if they offer discounts/etc to returning patients and the lady at the desk said no she couldn't do that- but i could ask the doctor- so i'm going to do that. Hopefully he'll be kind about it since i'm paying it all out of pocket. I was able to get total access (it's a prescription assistance plan for people w/o insurance/etc) so i'm going to see if he'll write me a prescription for something on the list that i can get a discount on if he thinks i need it. We'll see! I hope it doesn't cost a fortune!

Geesh i can't WAIT to get married soon and finally have insurance again! This stinks!
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Thankyou guys. I have an appointment at 3:00 at the doctors office by my house. I've never used this particular doctor before (the one i've used before is off today) but at the moment i don't really mind too much whom i see so long as they do a good job and figure out how to get me over this cold!

They want a deposit $100 up front when i come in (understandable), they said if the visit costs less than my deposit- i'll get my change back, if it's more they would be happy to possibly work out a payment plan if i talk to the doctor- so if i need to, that's what i will do. I asked if they offer discounts/etc to returning patients and the lady at the desk said no she couldn't do that- but i could ask the doctor- so i'm going to do that. Hopefully he'll be kind about it since i'm paying it all out of pocket. I was able to get total access (it's a prescription assistance plan for people w/o insurance/etc) so i'm going to see if he'll write me a prescription for something on the list that i can get a discount on if he thinks i need it. We'll see! I hope it doesn't cost a fortune!

Geesh i can't WAIT to get married soon and finally have insurance again! This stinks!
ASK for samples too
post #23 of 27
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Good update!

I LOVE the doctor i saw! She was soo sweet! I still can't pronounce her name right though She was great on the price - it only cost about $81 and also gave me plenty of samples and a cupon so i would get my new inhaler for free I am sooo greatful that it didn't cost as much as i was worried it would.

I have Bronchitis and a severe sinus infection. She put me on levoquin, methylpred (prednisone knock off), novasus (strong cough syrup), xopenex (it's similar to my albuterol inhaler that i'm running low on), and kept me on two other medicines i was already on. Hopefully i'll start to feel better soon and be rid of this cold for good! She also told me i needed a cool mist humidifier so i bought one tonight when i got my prescriptions filled. So maybe soon, i'll be all better and have a little more energy- that would be great to be back to my normal self by Christmas time

At the moment though i'm still feeling kind of crummy so i'm planning to go to bed early and just rest tomorrow.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Good update!

I LOVE the doctor i saw! She was soo sweet! I still can't pronounce her name right though She was great on the price - it only cost about $81 and also gave me plenty of samples and a cupon so i would get my new inhaler for free I am sooo greatful that it didn't cost as much as i was worried it would.

I have Bronchitis and a severe sinus infection. She put me on levoquin, methylpred (prednisone knock off), novasus (strong cough syrup), xopenex (it's similar to my albuterol inhaler that i'm running low on), and kept me on two other medicines i was already on. Hopefully i'll start to feel better soon and be rid of this cold for good! She also told me i needed a cool mist humidifier so i bought one tonight when i got my prescriptions filled. So maybe soon, i'll be all better and have a little more energy- that would be great to be back to my normal self by Christmas time

At the moment though i'm still feeling kind of crummy so i'm planning to go to bed early and just rest tomorrow.
Aww you have it bad! I hope the new medicine helps. I don't want to hear you have pheumonia next! Take it easy and rest up.
post #25 of 27
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Aww you have it bad! I hope the new medicine helps. I don't want to hear you have pheumonia next! Take it easy and rest up.
Thanks hon Phenumonia was my concern- the last time i was really sick- it turned into that and i was out of work/school sick for weeks and in really bad shape- so i wanted to get in to see the doctor before it got that bad. She was SOOOO nice too- i am going to switch doctors to her as my primary care physician from now on Hopefully with the medicine and a little rest i will get rid of this gunk soon! In the mean time though i feel like coughing up a lung and ripping my ears off at the same time... Attractive huh? The sinus infection is really bad and it's causing a lot of ear issues (not good- i had surgery on both ears about 2 yrs back and they give me lots of issues even when i'm not sick- so this is not helping! Fosters keeps staring at me funny everytime i scratch at my ears because he gets told "no" when he tries to scratch his ears)

Tomorrow i'm planning to just lounge around a bit and rest after i run a few errands. In the mean time- i've got the humidifier (sp?) running in the bedroom and i'm about to go to sleep!:snore: Hopefully tonight i'll sleep all the way through - i haven't been able to do that in about 2 weeks now so that would be awesome!
post #26 of 27
Isn't levoquin a newer antibiotic? You probably needed a stronger one since you said the sinus infection is really bad.
That you have bronchitis doesn't really surprise me. DH (who has asthma) gets that anytime he has a cold that hangs on for a few days.
Probably best to see a doc anytime you feel a cold start to go to your chest, instead of trying to wait it out. I've learned that's best after dealing with pneumonia myself.

For my last bad cold, my doctor prescribed a cough syrup with hydrocodone in it. The stuff actually tasted yummy!

Glad to hear that you got the prescription card and hope that you can get over your cold soon now that you have meds.
Remember to eat some yogurt so the antibiotic doesn't get to you.
post #27 of 27
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Isn't levoquin a newer antibiotic? You probably needed a stronger one since you said the sinus infection is really bad.
That you have bronchitis doesn't really surprise me. DH (who has asthma) gets that anytime he has a cold that hangs on for a few days.
Probably best to see a doc anytime you feel a cold start to go to your chest, instead of trying to wait it out. I've learned that's best after dealing with pneumonia myself.

For my last bad cold, my doctor prescribed a cough syrup with hydrocodone in it. The stuff actually tasted yummy!

Glad to hear that you got the prescription card and hope that you can get over your cold soon now that you have meds.
Remember to eat some yogurt so the antibiotic doesn't get to you.
I honestly don't know much about the Levoquin...but it seems to be ok for me at the moment..i haven't had any weird side effects/etc. There are only a few antibiotics i can really take as i am allergic to some of the more common ones, so for years Zithromax has been one of the only ones that doesn't really have weird reactions for me. She had samples of the Leviquin and said it would probably be a good match for me based on my symptoms so she gave me that.

That cough syrup is AMAZING!!!!! OMG last night i only woke up once during the night- once!!! That was it! I haven't slept mostly through the night in weeks!!!!!!! I love the stuff -it really soothed the coughing!

The Methylpred (generic prednisone) though is just kind of zapping all my energy at the moment. That normally happens when i start taking pred. the first few days and then i gradually feel better and my symptoms go away...so it must be working My inhaler is doing a good job of opening up my lungs a bit- so that is good news for me- i can breathe a little better.

I'm still feeling pretty run down today...could just be a combination of all the medicines, but hopefully it'll get better soon. I don't feel like going anywhere/doing much of anything at the moment though...i'm just curled up with the dogs on the couch and i've got the humidifier going.

Thankyou for the tip on the yogurt- i have some in the fridge so i will eat some in a little bit!
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