I have had a cold for two days that has

Patient

Q: I have had a cold for two days that has now escolated into chronic back pain, feeling nausated, tight chest, unable to breathe proprely. Been to the doctor today but got the all clear. Yet symptoms are worsening. What could it be and what should I do?

Doctor

A:   Thank you for writing to us.

It seems that you have a viral infection or flu which is causing the problem. The symptoms of flu are fever, body pains, weakness and difficulty in breathing.

Here are a few things that you can try to help you:
Inhale a lot of steam to help clear the nasal passages
Place a humidifier in the room
Drink lots of water
Take Paracetamol 500 mg two to three times a day to help with the fever and body pains

If the tightness in the chest continues for 3 days, then you should see a Doctor to get your lungs examined and also to get an ECG done.

Hope this helps you. All the best.

Comments / Follow Ups

Patient: I have a few things I may need to have answered. So far the actual cold symptoms runny nose, headache etc is fine. However the main problems I'm having are the severe nauseousness, fainting spells, back aches and tightness in my chest. Would this be more linked to flu than a cold?

Second thing I want to ask is if it is common if you think I do have just a common cold to feel this nauseous on and off over last two days.

Do you feel I should consult my doctor again if symptoms persist for couple more days?
Doctor: Thank you for the follow up.

Tightness of the chest is not linked to a flu. It is more linked to a heart-related issue or pneumonia. Any illness can cause nausea because of the feeling of dehydration.

Yes, if the illness persists for 2 days, you should see a Doctor to get help. All the best.

Related Q&A

Q: Chronic lower back pain a right shoulder stuffiness

Q: I had an MRI for some back problems but it came back with this: "Small 1.3 cm lesion in the prepontine cistern, ...

Q: Recent MRI was given to me without results. I have to wait until later in the week to get them.

Q: 23 y.o. female had lower right back pain for about 1 year following a burning pain from bending over (I thought it wa...

Q: Hello, I'm Adriana, I just received MRI results of my brain, I'm 40 yrs old, suffer from migraines, tension headaches...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews