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Old 02-22-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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For those who have had the dreaded flu . . .

How long did it last? I was at a major disadvantage because I was just getting over a brutal sinusitus type thing when the flu hit me. I am on Day 6 of flu and every day I am just SURE I'll be better but noooooo, still feel awful!

For those who have had it this year, in what order were your symptoms? How long did you feel awful, and did you feel significantly better one day or was it gradual? I need something to be optimistic about!!

Bright side: I will have immunity and don't have to worry about getting the flu during our DLR trip this spring!
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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I too got some sort of brutal sinusitis type thing. It lasted 2-3 weeks and I was feeling pretty crummy the whole time. I thought I was just about well again when last night, right at bedtime, I got a fever/chills and body aches all over. Not feeling great today, and the idea of eating anything absolutely repulses me. Not sure if this is full-fledge flu just yet. On the bright side, I can stand to miss a few meals. I've already lost a couple of belt notches from the first go-round of illness.

Everyone at my DDs house got sick and went to the doc. Just so you know, the doc told them that it's possible to get the bug AGAIN! So they've all been passing the bug around for over a month now. It's getting really old.

Good luck to you, hope your bug is a mild one and passes quickly.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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I had the real flu over Thanksgiving holiday. I ran a fever for 6 days. Didnt think it was so awful at first till the cough really kicked in, I dont think I have even had such a bad cough in my life, I finally had to kneel on the floor every time I coughed cause it was so painful. Cough hung on for 6 weeks not at that level. It was nasty.
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I had the real flu over Thanksgiving holiday. I ran a fever for 6 days. Didnt think it was so awful at first till the cough really kicked in, I dont think I have even had such a bad cough in my life, I finally had to kneel on the floor every time I coughed cause it was so painful. Cough hung on for 6 weeks not at that level. It was nasty.
Oh, that doesn't sound good. I'm drinking water and gargling like mad, but I can tell the cough is not going to let go anytime soon.

Sigh. Thanks for your response.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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I too got some sort of brutal sinusitis type thing. It lasted 2-3 weeks and I was feeling pretty crummy the whole time. I thought I was just about well again when last night, right at bedtime, I got a fever/chills and body aches all over. Not feeling great today, and the idea of eating anything absolutely repulses me. Not sure if this is full-fledge flu just yet. On the bright side, I can stand to miss a few meals. I've already lost a couple of belt notches from the first go-round of illness.

Everyone at my DDs house got sick and went to the doc. Just so you know, the doc told them that it's possible to get the bug AGAIN! So they've all been passing the bug around for over a month now. It's getting really old.

Good luck to you, hope your bug is a mild one and passes quickly.
Sorry you are not feeling well, Micca! That sounds like how mine started - I had just gotten mostly better and then bam! Fever, chills, cough and exhaustion. Hopefully yours isn't actually flu but it does sound like it.

You can't get the same strain of flu twice - a different strain, yes. I sure hope I am not *that* unlucky!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:43 AM   #6
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I felt awful for 10 days, and didn't really feel back to myself for a week after that. I am still coughing some almost 6 weeks later.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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I had the real thing beginning New Year's Eve and I bet it was a month until I was myself. Just when I thought it was over, I came down with a different case of the sniffles. Then I got on an airplane which was BRUTAL on my ears. You just get so run down. But it was really only a week of the flu symptoms (fever, etc.) DH got it just after mine started, got the TamiFlu, and was golden after just 3 days. That stuff is fantastic.

Hope you feel better!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:33 PM   #8
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My DH (mid 30s, healthy guy) got the flu over Christmas. Had a very high fever, cough, body aches, the works. We took him to the doctor and he swabbed positive for Influenza A (worse than B). Started him on Tamiflu within 24 hours of symptom onset. 5 days later, he was still spiking fevers of 103 and was getting short of breath. If anything, he got worse. We took him back to the doctor and he had pneumonia and took 10 days of very strong antibiotics. He was very close to being hospitalized (and honestly, probably should have been).

I think not feeling well for a while after is common, but if you're noticing a trend of getting gradually worse instead of better after several days, go back to the doctor - you may have developed pneumonia. The doctor said it was a very common complication. It is easily diagnosable with a chest x-ray.
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