Cold? Flu? Virus? Infection? Any recovery advice?
I have already been to the doctor (yesterday) and received antibiotics which I am taking now. But i still don't know exactly what I have or how long I should expect the symptoms to last. This is the sickest I have been in YEARS.
Last Monday it started as a mild tickle in my throat/esophogus and I was really tired and slightly feverish. Friday morning I woke up in extreme pain - still in the esophogus area - so bad I can hardly swallow. I also have no voice and feel somehat foggy in the head. That is what sent me to the doctor. No congestion, just a very dry, unproductive cough.
He was somehat fague in his response just stating that there are a lot of funny bugs going around this year. He gave me amoxicillan for 10 days, told me to drink fluids and rest, and sent me on my way.
All day yesterday and now today I continue to feel worse - I have not been able to lay down or sleep since I woke up on Friday morning - because of the pain and because when I lay down my throat hurts more and closes up and I start choking. I am most comfortable sitting in up in chair. Now it also seems as if the congestion is worsening. There is some phlegm to cough up, but I am so sore/raw in the throat and esophugus I can't finish a cough without extreme pain. And my nose has now started running, but it is not stuffed up.
Does this sound like something the antibiotics will take care of quickly? Or does this sound like the flu? I am really hoping that the antibiotics will start to kick in - I am sooooo very tired but in so much pain I just can't sleep.
I am drinking lots of tea and sucking on halls and nice drops (with menthol) but that doesn't seem to be doing much. I am also taking ibuprofin every 4 hours (for pain and fever) and at night taking comtrex instead.
Are there any other suggestions as to what I can do to alleviate the symptoms?