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    Jan 12, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Im in Toronto studying but I live in Montreal and they dont accept my Quebec health card here, they say quebec government takes too long to pay them back and all my family is in Montreal too, they have no clue im sick though. So I just want to get an idea of what could I possibly have and how mandatory should be to go see a doctor.

    Ive been sick for a few days already and its not getting better. I have fever, dont stop coughing, I have terrible head aches all the time. Most of the times i cough dry sometimes it looks more like a flu. I dont feel like eating anything and I want to be on bed 24 hours. I also feel some weird feeling in my chest Ive never felt before, so I have no clue. Advil and Tylenol work temporary then all the symptoms come back.
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    Jan 13, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    sounds like you've got a respiratory infection.

    It'll pass by itself, but it'll take about a month.

    If you go see a doctor and get some antibiotics it could be out of you in a week or two.

    (if that's what you've got)
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    Jan 13, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    You can get a cough suppressant at Wal-Mart for 2.14 USD. That'll calm your urge to cough, and it will thicken your mucous and give you some relief.

    Take plain old Benadryl to slow the runny nose, in its generic form. It's dirt cheap, too. Most new over-the-counter anti-histamines aren't effective in your situation...they just don't work well enough.

    Take a shot or two of Brandy, or any alcohol, to calm your cough (it's the effective part in most prescribed cough medicines), and it'll also help with the congestion, and make you more relaxed.

    Drink plenty of water, and simple carbs, like candy (suck on hard candy), or juice, so that your body has energy. Eat some protein when your appetite permits.

    Stay warm.

    If your phlegm is green, or white, your body is doing its thing, and you'll likely be o.k. Unless it's really gross, you probably don't have an infection, but, rather, it's your body worked against histamines. (Making you better, and dealing with the virus.)

    If your phlegm is red, and your nose isn't all dried out, or if your cough is really, really, really bad, you could have pneumonia, which could require a medical professional. If you're wheezing real bad...get to a doctor, right away. If you have pneumonia you need to cough, and keep coughing, and likely get some corticosteroid from a doctor for lung inflammation. You probably do not have pneumonia, but, if you are real sick, it could be.

    There's been a real bad cold going around this year, and most folks I know have had it, me included. If you have it, it'll pass in about two weeks.

    You might enjoy a warm liquid like hot chicken soup, or hot brandy. It'll help your sinuses clear.

    Also, a warm, steamy, shower, will help your head drain, and you can get saline solution on the cheap to wash your sinuses out, too.

    Avoid to much Tylenol (it's hepa-toxic), and stay away from decongestants because they are vaso-constrictors, and can run your blood pressure sky high.

    A cold generally doesn't give you much of a fever. The flu will give you a temp, and you will feel REALLY bad.

    I had the flu, back in July, and it sucked, real bad. It took a good three weeks to get itself straightened out.

    Either way, you end up treating the symptoms, and, in most cases, simple remedies work about as well as the expensive ones, unless you require hospitalization.

    I've had my doctor friends complain about "sniffly, sneezies" what a pain they are for their practice. LOL

    Get well soon.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 13, 2009 10:54 AM GMT
    OK ... it sounds like the flu
    which in your case will abate in a few more days
    What I don't like is the respiratory symptoms
    Many cases of flu go onto pneumonia .... and that's where the complications may arise
    You're young, you're healthy so that is unlikely but it still can occur
    At this point you're really treating the symptoms because going to a Dr he would Rx a flu med like Tamiflu
    but that's best taken within 48 hrs after initial symptomatology starts
    after that the effectiveness wears off
    Take tylenol for the fever and the aches
    A cough suppressant if the cough is bad best one with an added antihistamine
    If you feel worse or have any breathing irregularities go straight to a Dr
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    Jan 13, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    Charlitos, it sounds almost certainly like the flu virus. The fever, coughing and lack of appetite are the warning signs to me. There is no cure for the flu except lots of rest, fluids and time. You can take over the counter meds to lessen the symptoms.

    Hope you are better soon.

    BTW my partner heard that the flu shot they used this year missed the mark, so even if you did get it, it may not offer much protection. Second year in a row they missed.
  • esputniko

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    Jan 13, 2009 1:52 PM GMT
    We also have in Spain an uncentralised Health Service, but we don't have this kind of problems...

    When you had recovered you should do a formal complain to the Federal Administration; don't you think?

    Take care Carlos and get well!
  • allatonce

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    Jan 13, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    They won't accept your Quebec medical coverage? That's crazy, are you going to your local walk-in clinic? Maybe try another one close by. I'm probably moving from Toronto to Montreal, so I better not have this type of problem there.

    Anyways for a bad cough you could always put some honey in a shot glass, fill the rest with rum, mix and drink. It works pretty well. For a sore throat gargle mouth wash. Most importantly get rest. But if your symptoms persist or get much worse you really should try and seek medical advice.
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    Jan 13, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    sigh I just came from the doctor, Ive got a respiratory infection. Ill be taking antibiotics(avelox) for the next 7 days and I have to be in bed the whole time, so I cant go to class for 15 days according to the doctor. Most probable my parents will take me back to Montreal during that time so they can treat me there.

    thanks a lot for the advises, I followed most of them cause I was feeling terrible yesterday night.
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    Jan 13, 2009 4:02 PM GMT
    Hopefully they accepted your prescription insurance -- that medication is definitely one of the more expensive ones.
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    Jan 13, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    Alieve works really well as a cough suppressant.
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    Jan 13, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    Hope you feel better charlitos!
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    charlitos saidsigh I just came from the doctor, Ive got a respiratory infection. Ill be taking antibiotics(avelox) for the next 7 days and I have to be in bed the whole time, so I cant go to class for 15 days according to the doctor. Most probable my parents will take me back to Montreal during that time so they can treat me there.

    thanks a lot for the advises, I followed most of them cause I was feeling terrible yesterday night.


    Sounds very similar to what I had last year. I missed 9 days of work, the most since 1995 when I missed 7 weeks due to hepatitis. What really bothered me, besides the coughing, was the incredible fatigue. I literally slept 12-14 hours a day (which is what I usually sleep over a 3 day period).

    Get better soon, and don't try and rush the healing process, it will only prolong the sickness!
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    Jan 13, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    You better complete your course (even if you feel fine) else i'm coming after you!!!! GRRRRR!!!!!!icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    I'm just back to work since being out Thursday through today. I did get my flu shot, but this was probably a sinus infection. I tend to get them in January, but I'm just happy it hasn't traveled to my lungs as usual. The working out and being in better shape has probably helped this.

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    Jan 13, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidBTW my partner heard that the flu shot they used this year missed the mark, so even if you did get it, it may not offer much protection. Second year in a row they missed.
    Sorry to go off topic however, I thought the flu shot was for the elderly and those with hampered immune systems like my niece with cystic fibrosis?
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    Jan 13, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
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    SurrealLife saidBTW my partner heard that the flu shot they used this year missed the mark, so even if you did get it, it may not offer much protection. Second year in a row they missed.
    Sorry to go off topic however, I thought the flu shot was for the elderly and those with hampered immune systems like my niece with cystic fibrosis?


    icon_sad.gif had my flu shot this year.....I guess that makes me elderly as my immune system is pretty healthy.....Damn that AARP membership! icon_wink.gif

    On a serious note, flu shots are for everyone. Healthy or not you can still get it and it can really kick the shit out of you.
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    Jan 13, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    SurrealLife saidBTW my partner heard that the flu shot they used this year missed the mark, so even if you did get it, it may not offer much protection. Second year in a row they missed.
    Sorry to go off topic however, I thought the flu shot was for the elderly and those with hampered immune systems like my niece with cystic fibrosis?


    Everyone is encouraged to get one. I officially have a compromised immune system, even though it is actually well above the minimum in the "normal" range.

    I had the flu in Grade 9 (February 1975), missed a week of school, had a temperature of 102, vomiting, chills and high fever, aching all over. At the peak I wanted to die. Worse feeling in the world.
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    Jan 14, 2009 12:53 AM GMT
    Tis that time of year for illness! I've got a minor sinus infection going on along with the Stomach Flu right now, and I don't get the flu very often. It really sucks, as I want to spend as much time as possible with a dying relative, but can't be near her when I'm sick. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 14, 2009 1:54 PM GMT
    Quebec Health acts like they're already seperated from the rest of Canada. I got turned away from a clinic for having a Quebec card once.

    For future reference, Telehealth Ontario can be helpful: 1-866-797-0000. You talk to a nurse who asks you about your symptoms and she tells you what you should do. And you probably know now that U of T has a clinic for students. Get well soon.
  • Sayrnas

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    Jan 14, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    Get better mang! That crap suck.