A cold shouldn't last longer than a week to 10 days, meaning totally gone by then. You have much more than just a cold.
Do you cough or blow any yellow or green/grey mucus? If so, you have an infection. If you don't I'd be surprised considering it's constant.
If not, your lungs are in an inflamed state and the doc should be prescribing you something more to help
open the airways and calm them down.
The fact that you're on prednisone will possibly have you in a more weakened state.
Sinus and lung x-rays might be in order to make sure all is clear and that you don't have "walking" pneumonia or sinus infection.
You could also have the doc do mucosal swab tests to be cultured to make sure it's not just nothing.
You're not a candidate for the flu shot until you're much better. But, do discuss it with him and the pneumonia shot as well (which is once I believe) for next year.
Don't assume too much as to what the doc might say....be very forward and make sure he covers all the bases....for he should be MORE concerned you're in such a state especially the meds you're on.
I'm still going to remind you of the obvious hand-washing, not sharing towels or wash cloths and changing toothbrushes monthly or more often after you're better.
Keep us posted....I hope you get answers and are on your way to feeling better soon.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!