Do you feel pain when you have a cold? When asked about the main symptoms of a cold, most people list congestion, runny nose, fatigue, watery eyes, and other forms of discomfort. Interestingly, cold-sufferers often do not mention that they have pain. Instead, they describe it as simply “feeling lousy”. Yet, pain is often a major cause of discomfort for those who are suffering from the common cold.
Suffers will often feel pain in the following ways:
- The swelling that causes congestion and the fluid that fills the sinus cavities press on nerve endings, leading to headaches and achiness.
- Feelings of fatigue and exhaustion often result in a general soreness.
- Increased nerve sensitivity throughout the face can make usually painless occurrences, like loud noises, sneezing, and being touched uncomfortable, and even painful, experiences.
So remember when you have a cold it is important to treat the cold-related non-systemic symptoms such as runny nose, congestion and watery eyes, but also to treat the pain associated with the systemic symptoms such as headache and body aches. By doing so you might feel better and be able to get back to your normal routines sooner.