Yet another medical question on the internet
June 14, 2009 6:01 PM Subscribe
Swollen lymph nodes, general ickiness... you are not my doctor, but do I really need to see one?
posted by banjo_and_the_pork to health & fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I've been more than mildly sick the past few days. It started with a run of the mill stuffy nose last Tuesday or so, grew to incorporate a sore throat, then the sore throat went away but a cough emerged (probably from post-nasal drip?). Friday was the worst, some chills but I don't think I had a fever (my temperature tends to run a teeny bit below average normally, so it takes ubersickness for me to run a fever), extreme fatigue, generally feeling out of it and sick, and my lymph nodes in my neck swelled to to the point of being painful. Yesterday I felt a lot better and thought I was on the mend, but today the swelling came back, and is still pretty ouchy. I'm still coughing and exhausted, but the latter could partially be from a lousy night's sleep last night. No fever.
So, first, is there anything I can do to decrease the uncomfortable feeling of swollen lymph nodes? Second, it seems like a fairly standard cold/flu, but googling is giving me OMG-cytokine storm-swine flu paranoia. I don't want to waste a doctor's time if it's silly to try to see one tomorrow, but if the consensus is to get to a doctor, I'll heed that call.