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I have been suffering with a cold for five weeks

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Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019
Question: I have been suffering with a cold for five weeks and am getting tired of it. I am in good general health, average weight and had may colds over the years but never anything like this. Is there more going on than "just a cold"?
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Probably just common cold,follow the advice below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I already reviewed the attached report.

In my opinion your symptoms seem to be related to a common cold.

A lack of immune system can trigger the symptoms.

I already reviewed the medication that you are using and the treatment is correct.

I recommend using anti inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen 400 mg three times a day.

I also recommend using a vitamin C supplement to boost the immune system.

I suggest drinking liquids and rest a lot.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (21 hours later)
Thank you Dr. Gurabardhi for your advice. For the last two days my temperature has been around 100.4. I believe that I might have been infected by 2 or 3 strains of the cold virus over the course of 5 weeks to make the symptoms last that long. The fact that I now have a fever leads me to believe a flu virus might be at work within me. Your comment "A lack of immune system can trigger the symptoms" concerns me. I have a complete blood analysis done each fall at my annual GP appointment and nothing is ever out of the ordinary. I would be having this discussion with him now but the first available appointment is weeks into the future. My other local option is to go to the hospital ER but I have already done that and was told I had a cold and sent home. After five weeks i believe there must be more to it. How do I proceed to investigate a bacterial infection or an immune system problem?
Thank you for your service, XXXXXXX Aardema
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Some examinations are recommended for further evaluation.

Detailed Answer:
Hi again,

I understand your concern.

I would recommend some examinations for further evaluation of the immune system.

I suggest:

A white blood cell count

T cell count

Immunoglobulin levels

After the examinations, you can contact me again for further assistance, if needed.

Wishing you all the best.

Take care dear,

Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi


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I have been suffering with a cold for five weeks

Brief Answer: Probably just common cold,follow the advice below. Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. I already reviewed the attached report. In my opinion your symptoms seem to be related to a common cold. A lack of immune system can trigger the symptoms. I already reviewed the medication that you are using and the treatment is correct. I recommend using anti inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen 400 mg three times a day. I also recommend using a vitamin C supplement to boost the immune system. I suggest drinking liquids and rest a lot. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.