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Woke up with sore throat (gone now), headache, & feeling weak and tired. Back pain as usual. Headache & fatigue persisted all day. What's wrong w/ me?

Woke up with sore throat (gone now), headache, & feeling weak and tired. Back pain as usual. Headache & fatigue persisted all day. What's wrong w/ me?

Depends: I would need more information, but appears that you have some sort of viral syndrome or the residual of a migraine. Recommend discussing your problem with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Woke up feeling congested, sore throat, headache, earache. What could this be? No fever. Should I be worried?

Woke up feeling congested, sore throat, headache, earache. What could this be? No fever. Should I be worried?

Congested: Probably a viral infection. Nothing to worry about right now, if it gets worse with fever etc. Then see your doctor for some decongestant etc.. ...Read more

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I woke up with a sore throat, headache and fever. Strep throat is going around st school. I really do not have money to go to doctor. Is there anythin?

I woke up with a sore throat, headache and fever. Strep throat is going around st school. I really do not have money to go to doctor. Is there anythin?

Consider Ur options: You mention school. You may still be in an age group where untreated strep can produce rheumatic fever a month or so down the road & make the rest ur life miserable. (& cost a bunch) est.1/200 untreated strep are at risk; ~1/3 sore throats strep, ~1/600 the risk you take by the numbers. There may be alternatives for seeking care than ur out of pocket, so look into it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Sounds like flu symp: Even though u have had a flu shot u r not sure of 100% protection from the flu. Treat it as such. But if u r not improving or develop new symptoms such as neck pain with head movement or neck flexion, c ur pcp right away. ...Read more

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I woke up with a sore throat, achey body, headache and fatigue. Whilr I was in the shower I was able to cough up phlegm mixed with blood + I feel hot?

I woke up with a sore throat, achey body, headache and fatigue. Whilr I was in the shower I was able to cough up phlegm mixed with blood + I feel hot?

See a doctor: If you have fever and are coughing up mucous and blood you should go and be seen immediately, to an er if necessary. If this is related to strep throat you have the potential to have a life-threatening condition. Please go now and I hope this turns out to be only a minor issue, but do not gamble. Good luck. ...Read more

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5yr/0 woke up with neck pain headache and sore throat. What can be wrong. And what can I do?

5yr/0 woke up with neck pain headache and sore throat. What can be wrong. And what can I do?

Infection: Acute onset of sore throat, neck pain and headache is serious. You have to take 5yr old to pediatrician or hospital er for thorough examination. Thanks. ...Read more

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Woke up this morning w/ sore throat and achy body. Still sore throat, achy body, headaches, and really tired, no energy or appetite.?

Woke up this morning w/ sore throat and achy body. Still sore throat, achy body, headaches, and really tired, no energy or appetite.?

Probably Viral Infec: Most of these sore throats associated with headache and body ache are caused by the viruses. And they are self limiting with symptomatic treatment if needed with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprophen. Rest and fluids.
But if you have fever and sore throat is really bad, then I will suggest that you have it checked by your Family Doctor to rule out Strep Infection, because that requires treatment with Antibiotics ...Read more

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I woke up with a headache, sore throat, and ears hurting, is there a bug going around?

I woke up with a headache, sore throat, and ears hurting, is there a bug going around?

Could be strep/viral: Your symptoms may be due to a common strep throat infection, which can be easily diagnosed in your doctor's office. Some other bacteria or viral infections can also cause similar symptoms. For now, it's probably best to take some Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for the symptoms and contact your doctor's office for an appointment to see if anything else needs to be done. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I've been tired all day. Now I have a headache. What could I be getting? Is it that bug/virus going around?

I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I've been tired all day. Now I have a headache. What could I be getting? Is it that bug/virus going around?

Virus or allergies: Sore throat for a day, most commonly is viral pharyngitis (infection) or irritated throat from nasal allergies. If having other nasal symptoms like congestion, itchy/watery nose/eyes, sneezing then consider trying an antihistamine like zyrtec and nasal saline rinse. If not, and it's a viral pharyngitis, you should rest, drinks lots of water, chicken noodle soup. If no better in week then see md. ...Read more

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I have a headache stiff neck and sore throat, I woke up like this. I feel like cramp?

I have a headache stiff neck and sore throat, I woke up like this. I feel like cramp?

See doctor today: If you have a fever with stiff neck and headache you need to go to Emergency now. If you do not have a fever then see your doctor or an urgent care today. ...Read more

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I woke up really sore yesterday with a bad headache and had a sore throat, today it's a little sore along w/ neck and I have bad back pain, I mean bad?

I woke up really sore yesterday with a bad headache and had a sore throat, today it's a little sore along w/ neck and I have bad back pain, I mean bad?

This could be: From a number of things, including a viral illness. If the symptoms continue or worsen, I would recommend seeing a physician. Especially with neck stiffness, which if it gets severe, can be a sign of early meningitis. While it is more likely a self limiting viral illness, have a low threshold to see your physician, keep very hydrated. ...Read more

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Sore throat, posterior neck pain (sudden in onset)& headache x2wks. Last night woke up w/stabbing throat pain- still hurts, but less. No fevers. Ddx?

Sore throat, posterior neck pain (sudden in onset)& headache x2wks. Last night woke up w/stabbing throat pain- still hurts, but less. No fevers. Ddx?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the sore throat illness is bothersome (as in this case), coming with other symptoms (head and neck pain in this case) recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). ...Read more

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I woke up with a stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, and chest pain. I have a doctor appt today but I was wanting to get an earlier opinion.

I woke up with a stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, and chest pain. I have a doctor appt today but I was wanting to get an earlier opinion.

Infection or allergy: While sometimes, allergies may present this way, the problem is more likely an infection, either bacterial or viral of the nose and throat. Your doctor should be able to distinguish and to properly treat you. ...Read more

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I woke up with headache achy arms and slight sore throat. My little sister and mom are sick too. Could this be meningitis /meningococcal or just a cold?

Meningitis?: If you had Meningococcal meningitis you would be unlikely to be asking questions. This is a rapidly progressive and devastating illness with a high mortality rate. Sounds like a viral uri. If you develop fever, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and sound, blood spots over your body and you cannot stand up because your blood pressure has fallen, then you might have meningitis. ...Read more

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Hi today when I woke up I had bad sore throat with bad ear pain and a bad headache what am I don't have water in my ears.

Hi today when I woke up I had bad sore throat with bad ear pain and a bad headache what am I don't have water in my ears.

Doctor can check: A very sore throat can be evaluated by a primary care doctor or an ear-nose-throat doctor to see what the cause might be. Sometimes it is a strep throat bacterial infection (antibiotics would be needed to treat strep). Other possibilities include a tonsillar abscess, a viral infection, a throat ulcer, etc... The doctor has to look at the throat to figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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Woke up this morning sore throat stuffed up nose, cough with green mucus, body ache headache, slight fever. Should I go to dr or stay home and rest?

Woke up this morning sore throat stuffed up nose, cough with green mucus, body ache headache, slight fever. Should I go to dr or stay home and rest?

Viral illness: You either have the common cold or influenza. If the latter, you might benefit by being treated with oseltamivir, but only after seeing a doctor and getting a specific diagnosis. Or you could take otc meds to treat symptoms, stay home, rest, drink lots of fluids and I hope you will be better soon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Been experiencing dry eyes for about 3-4 days. Started sneezing last night. Woke up this AM with stuffy/runny nose, headache & sore throat on 1 side.

Been experiencing dry eyes for about 3-4 days. Started sneezing last night. Woke up this AM with stuffy/runny nose, headache & sore throat on 1 side.

Dry eyes runny nose: No fever? Sounds like seasonal allergies. An antihistamine may help. Symptomatic treatment like steam, hot tea and acetaminophen can be given. Could also be a cold. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a sore throat my voice was hoarse and it hurts to swallow and I have a head ache and body aches. What could it be?

I woke up this morning with a sore throat my voice was hoarse and it hurts to swallow and I have a head ache and body aches. What could it be?

Most likely..: An upper respiratory tract infection which most of the time it is caused by a virus and resolves by 7-10 days. If persistent and severe symptoms and fever could be strep throat which might need antibiotic treatment. Try to rest and drink plenty of fluids but if symptoms persist or severe get seen by a provider in order to get a formal exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Orthostatic headache: These headaches tend to be postural, i.e when patient develops a headache while vertical and the headache is relieved when horizontal. See your PCP for evaluation and tests. ...Read more

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Fever for 4 days, gone for 3 days & today its back. I woke sweating a lot with chills, have a headache and sore throat, dizzy, hot skin around neck

Fever for 4 days, gone for 3 days & today its back. I woke sweating a lot with chills, have a headache and sore throat, dizzy, hot skin around neck

Periodic fever: A thorough history and physical and labs are required to properly diagnose the cause of your symptoms. The differential diagnosis includes infectous diseases and rheumatologist or autoimmune conditions. ...Read more

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Sudden extremely sore throat, and headache.

Sudden extremely sore throat, and headache.

Sore throat: Sounds like you are coming down with a cold, drink plenty fluids and rest. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more