Seems worse than the normal cold.
I got sick a couple weeks ago. It started as a severe sore throat and a fever, with pretty much no other symptoms. That's when I thought it was strep. I didn't go to the doctor, though. The fever went away after a day, and the sore throat got better after a few days.
Then it turned into a persistent cough and runny nose. The cough was pretty severe, though; I'd often have to leave the room until the coughing spasms stopped. That's when I guessed that maybe it was just a bad cold, since it usually turns into a cough as it gets better. The one thing that was different was that the cough was sometimes triggered by exercise (just walking up stairs or something) or talking. Also, I lost my voice at some point, which isn't normal. Then, today, my cough got worse instead of better. It's starting to get productive, and it's pretty persistent except for the occasional spasm. Sometimes I cough so much I gag.
This is just much worse than I normally get colds. I'm pretty sure it's not the flu because I got vaccinated for that. Any ideas on what it could be? Should I go to the doctor?