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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 2nd, 2012
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A35593
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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.

In case, your symptoms are very severe and intolerable and rapidly progressive, it is probably due to associated bacterial infection, and they may need to be treated with antibiotics to prevent them from getting worse.

You may consult with your doctor for a examination and rule out issues like sinusitis and ear infections and seek appropriate treatment and advice.

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