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I've experiancing common cold symptoms for the past three days now. I've had a sore throat and its just been getting worse I've also had a runny nose, headache, swollen lymph node in my neck, no fever. This morning when I woke up I coughed and it just killed my chest. Throughout the day my sore throat hasen't gotton any better and the pain in my chest has just gotton worse. Do I have something I need to worry about? I've never had this chest pain before when I've come down with a cold. Should I see a doctor or just let the cold run it's course?
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replied April 26th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on ehealth forum.

It seems that you might be having a viral bronchitis, which might be the cause of your severe cough and chest discomfort.

Bronchitis is a difficult condition to tolerate, as the inflammation in the bronchi, results in severe cough, which can occur in bouts and disturb sleep.

But the condition is benign and self limited.

In case the symptoms are intolerable, you might consult a doctor who can prescribe inhalers and medications to releive the discomfort and rule out other conditions like pneumonia, etc.

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