I know the ultimate answer is "go to the doctor" which I am working on doing today if possible (just moved here, dunno what's open on the weekend and not keep to go to a hospital), but I'm looking for some kind of magical panacea if anyone has any ideas for me. I'd also like your layman opinion on what I've put my body through and whether or not I am feeling worse than I am because of all the crap that happened this week.
Long story short: I woke up Tuesday pretty damn sick. I thought this was probably because I ran from 33rd and 6th to 42nd and 8th in about 9 minutes with my coat half open in the freezing cold - I had to catch a bus to a birthday party. I'm not what you would call "athletic" or "in shape" or "aerodynamic" so that was a painful sprint, and then I spent 10-15 minutes barely able to breathe after that. So I wasn't terribly surprised that I felt weak, with a massive headache, cough, fever, and runny nose the next day.
Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your point of view), my vacation was through Wednesday, so I had two extra days to rest. I pretty much felt terrible through Thursday morning, though minutely better as time passed.
Thursday I went to work for an hour and a half and got sent home lest I be patient zero at my job (not that others aren't sick, but I looked and felt like shit). Unfortunately, due to other circumstances and with no notice whatsoever, I had to move all my stuff out of my old apartment into my new apartment - my deadline was Friday. So I ended up exerting a lot of effort Thursday night, moving about 15 heavy boxes and bags from one apartment to another, almost entirely by myself.
On Friday, I decided I needed a PTO day so I took another day off. My boss knew I wasn't feeling well AND needed to complete my move so he was on board with me taking a day off. On Friday, I ended up moving the rest of my stuff by myself, in the snow. I had to make two trips and it was about 20 heavy boxes/bags in total.
I have been unable to sleep consistently over the last four nights. The first night (Tuesday), I basically hallucinated for 14 hours straight thanks to the fever. The next night, I didn't even get to bed until Midnight. I was able to sleep but I slept funny and my arm has been killing me since then. Thursday, my cough kept me awake all night. Same as last night - it's a rather violent, loud, and painful cough.
I've been stuffing myself with cough drops and taking Advil Cold & Sinus as sparingly as I can, which gives me temporary relief, but it's fleeting at best and doesn't seem to help me sleep through the night.
So, anyway, am I just weak from all the exertion this week of moving and so I haven't been able to naturally heal properly? Do I really need to go to the doctor here, or does anyone have any other recommendations for dealing with this damned cold/cough?
I'm worried because everyone keeps talking about the flu and all this.
I really hate going to the doctor.