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Old 02-03-2020, 11:26 AM
 
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Whenever I have a cold someone says “Did you take someone”. I don’t like NyQuil, DayQuil, or Mucinex. All make me feel lightheaded and also seem to raise my blood pressure. I don’t have high blood pressure usually. I monitor it everyday since I have white coat syndrome and anxiety issues that raise it. But I don’t like to take anything to exacerbate it. People don’t understand. Do you get that also when people ask if you took anything and you said no and they act as if you are strange or irresponsible? I’ll have tea, soup, Halls, and vitamin C. Maybe a little bit of cough medicine. If I have a fever I’ll take Tylenol.

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Old 02-03-2020, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Whenever I have a cold someone says “Did you take someone”. I don’t like NyQuil, DayQuil, or Mucinex. All make me feel lightheaded and also seem to raise my blood pressure. I don’t have high blood pressure usually. I monitor it everyday since I have white coat syndrome and anxiety issues that raise it. But I don’t like to take anything to exasperate it. People don’t understand. Do you get that also when people ask if you took anything and you said no and they act as if you are strange or irresponsible? I’ll have tea, soup, Halls, and vitamin C. Maybe a little bit of cough medicine. If I have a fever I’ll take Tylenol.
This is the story of my life. I am ultra sensitive to medications and I don't like to run to the pharmacy whenever I have a self-limiting condition like a cold. I feel that the human body can take very good care of itself, especially with minor ailments, but I constantly get the "Wow, you're weird!" look when I say I haven't taken anything.
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:42 AM
 
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Exacerbate.
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Old 02-03-2020, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Early America
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Whenever I have a cold someone says “Did you take someone”. I don’t like NyQuil, DayQuil, or Mucinex. All make me feel lightheaded and also seem to raise my blood pressure. I don’t have high blood pressure usually. I monitor it everyday since I have white coat syndrome and anxiety issues that raise it. But I don’t like to take anything to exacerbate it. People don’t understand. Do you get that also when people ask if you took anything and you said no and they act as if you are strange or irresponsible? I’ll have tea, soup, Halls, and vitamin C. Maybe a little bit of cough medicine. If I have a fever I’ll take Tylenol.

Why do you tell them 'no' since you do take something - tea, soup, Halls, Vit C, cough medicine and Tylenol?

Just say 'yes' if they ask.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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People are making conversation and trying to help - especially if you are complaining
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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I get this all the time. I'm not much for medicine and don't have any kind of "stock" at home. However, I hate answering "no" when asked because then I feel like they are thinking "Then stop complaining if you're not going to do something to help yourself!"
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:21 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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People are making conversation and trying to help - especially if you are complaining
Yes, but pushing the snake oils that they do is just ignorance and it is annoying. I sympathize with the OP.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:23 PM
 
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But I’m not complaining. They can hear in my voice that I’m congested. A lot of times it’s just allergies but they argue that’s it’s a cold. I usually know the difference.
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Old 02-03-2020, 03:10 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Whenever I have a cold someone says “Did you take someone”. I don’t like NyQuil, DayQuil, or Mucinex. All make me feel lightheaded and also seem to raise my blood pressure. I don’t have high blood pressure usually. I monitor it everyday since I have white coat syndrome and anxiety issues that raise it. But I don’t like to take anything to exacerbate it. People don’t understand. Do you get that also when people ask if you took anything and you said no and they act as if you are strange or irresponsible? I’ll have tea, soup, Halls, and vitamin C. Maybe a little bit of cough medicine. If I have a fever I’ll take Tylenol.

I think I'd file that question under the "none of your business" category unless it was a healthcare provider asking about it. The only cure for a cold is "tincture of time", so anything taken for a cold will only alleviate the miseries/symptoms, and I can't understand why anyone would be interested in what someone took to make him/herself feel better. Are they asking because they think you should take something?



I agree with you about the caution over using OTC cold relief meds if you have high blood pressure. I have to avoid those as well for blood pressure issues.
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Old 02-03-2020, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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But I’m not complaining. They can hear in my voice that I’m congested. A lot of times it’s just allergies but they argue that’s it’s a cold. I usually know the difference.
I suspect they are afraid you are contagious, and want to be assured you are treating your symptoms. Of course treating symptoms won’t keep you from being contagious. If you are.
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