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Cold, cough, fever, stuffy and runny nose, chest pain, bronchitis or phenomia

I have been fighting a cold for the past week. Now I have a bad cough and fever . I have a stuffy nose and runny nose. My fever is 101.3. I coughed a little greenish phlem but not too much. I feel very tired and have no energy. I have had bronchities before. My right chest hurts kinds in the upper neck area. When I take a deep breath in it hurts and sometimes I can t catch my breath. Do you think I might have bronchities or phenomia. A suggestion would be helpful. I do have good medical insurance but also don t want to be somewhat of a baby if it s just a cold and plus long lines at doctors offices. Any information would be very helpful. Thank You, Tasha Bourne
Asked On : Fri, 13 Apr 2012
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
From your description this could be either bronchitis or pneumonia. Both can cause these symptoms. An X-ray would help differentiate bronchitis from pneumonia. You do appear to have suffered for quite a few days and do not seem to be improving. On this basis I would suggest you may need antibiotics. Therefore, a visit to your doctor would be appropriate. This is more than a cold. Your doctor may wish to culture some of your sputum which will identify whether this is a bacterial or a viral infection.
In the meantime, paracetamol will help reduce your fever. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and rest if possible.
I hope you make a speedy recovery.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger,
MBChB FRCA
Answered: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
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