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Hi, can anyone please tell me what is going on and if I should be concerned?

1) Sore throat -- since last week I have woken up every day with a sore throat. It usually continues throughout the day and I have trouble speaking for long periods of time. It is a mild sore throat.

2) Chest pain -- my lungs feel full and tight.

3) Joint and muscle aches -- my joints and muscles ache

4) forgetfulness -- my mind is not sharp and I am mixing up simple things

5) fatigue -- I sleep fine but am very tired

6) pain in the left side of my rib cage -- from time to time I feel a full achy pain on the left side of my rib cage. could this be related to my spleen?

7) occassional sneezing

8) occassional sinus pain

9) no fever

10) no rash

11) no swollen lymph nodes

12) no chills/night sweats

13) no coughing

14) very mild runny nose

I live in NYC and am in public a lot. In the past two months I have caught two colds and a stomach virus. Are these the symptoms of another mild cold, even though they've lasted for over a week, or is it something more serious? Can a doctor please help? I don't have medical insurance.
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replied April 4th, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

The description of your symptoms appear to be due to streptococcal pharyngitis or related upper respiratory tract infections.

You may need to consult with your doctor for a physical examination and prescription of proper antibiotics and anti inflammatory medications which will help you in speedy recovery.

In the mean time, you can try to get relief with over the counter medications like tylenol or advil (to reduce the inflammatory signs) and Antihistamine to relieve the sneezing and allergic symptoms.

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