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Let's have a poll: cold, flu or pneumonia? I lean toward the flu.A high fever (102ºF to 104ºF) is a common and predictable symptom of the flu. It's uncommon to run a fever from a cold.It's common get a bad headache when you have the flu. If you have a severe headache, unless it's a sinus headache, it's probably not because of a cold. A mild or moderate headache could be related to either cold or flu - or neither.Colds don't normally cause severe aches and pains. The flu usually causes severe aches and pains - steady, dull pains, sharp, jabbing pains, and more. If you have mild aches and pains, they could be from the cold or from the flu - or neither.It's common to have a cough with a cold, but not common for it to be severe. The flu normally comes with a cough that can become severe. The cold commonly comes with a cough, but it is usually mild to moderate in comparison with a flu cough. A flu may cause a mild or moderate cough, but it's more likely to be severe.
I think doctors don't always make the best choices. Vicodin is basically tylenol and hydrocodone (a semi-synthetic opioid) together. The opioid has several side effects that you may want to monitor. There's the typical CNS effects (euphoria, dizzy, fuzzy, moods, etc) and also dry throat, depressed respiration (a good and bad thing) and, oddly enough, constipation (because opiates depress the peristaltic action of the intestines which continue to remove water from the contents). Watch for the end of the prescription because some doctors, overly concerned with addictive ("I need a refill") tendencies, might simply cut you off, leaving you with withdrawal symptoms. Your brain will have already begun to counter the drug's analgesic effect by cranking up its sensitivity to pain. When the drug is withdrawn, the sensitivity remains for days and causes you to feel every little ache and pain that you never knew you had and then some. Funny enough, opiate addicts describe withdrawal as just like having a really bad case of the flu -- even their bones hurt. So, I recommend trying to wean yourself of the stuff before the prescription runs out. There's no total relief from pain -- some of it can be, in effect, merely deferred.