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I have a headache associated with back legs and neck pain also I am shaking while trying to sleep. My body is hot but I feel very cold. Is this just the common flu? Or cold?

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replied June 4th, 2012
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A35712
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The cause of respiratory infections can either be a viral or due to bacterial origin. Most Viral infections or the upper respiratory tract are usually benign, and subside within 7 to 10 days with conservative management with anti-inflammatory medications like advil or motrin.

For your information the most common causes of the common cold are viruses -- rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The rhinovirus group causes 10% to 40% of colds. The coronaviruses and RSV are responsible for 20% and 10% of cases, respectively.

Most people usually consider all common cold infections to be be termed as flu. But the actual term FLU, refers to infections caused by viruses of the influenza group.

Bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract usually result in pharyngitis and sinus infections. These usually present with more prominent and wide spread symptoms than common viral infections. They are associated with mucopurulent secretions and high grade fever, etc.

In case, medications like advil or tylenol are not helpful and the symptoms persist or worsen then consulting your doctor for a examination would be helpful. If needed prescription of antibiotics might be provided by your doctor for complete relief of your symptoms.

I hope this helps.

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