Advanced search

What was the exact timeline of your symptoms?

(38 Posts)
Mnuchkin Tue 07-Apr-20 23:13:51

If you know you’ve definitely had it, or have it, can you give the exact order of symptoms? The information out there is so conflicting - understandably - but it would be helpful to see some actual timelines, and all in the same place so they’re easier to compare. I desperately need to understand the timeline and how it progresses.

OP’s posts: |
Petiolaris Tue 07-Apr-20 23:19:47

None of us know if we’ve definitely had it though, because we can’t get tested.

screamer1 Tue 07-Apr-20 23:21:08

But some will have been tested, because they were hospitalised, or they caught it early when tests were happening.

Zantedeschia Tue 07-Apr-20 23:22:29

There's a thread (or 6!), latest is My Lungs part 6, with people with symptoms.

Only thing is symptoms are similar to other things eg flu, so may be a number of different illnesses listed.

Tonyaster Tue 07-Apr-20 23:23:32

I had something that sounds identical. Wasn't tested though.

Mnuchkin Tue 07-Apr-20 23:31:43

Sorry, am new and typing from my phone so I don’t know how to navigate yet, or reply to people directly.

I guess am just wondering: does it start with a fever? Or a cough? Or diarrhoea? And how many days did it take for the new symptoms to appear?

I know testing is still v, v rare - it’s just maddening; actually it’s inexplicable - but people do seem to know if they’ve had it.

OP’s posts: |
Notcool1984 Tue 07-Apr-20 23:45:55

I was assessed in hospital and told to presume I had it if that helps. I had tickle cough and mild chest tightness for about four days then hit with fever, chills, achy muscles and extreme fatigue. On about day 13 now and slowly improving x

Davespecifico Tue 07-Apr-20 23:48:34

Has anyone just had the cough and tight chest and nothing else?

Porcupineinwaiting Tue 07-Apr-20 23:50:11

My dh.
The only reason we know he's got "it" is because I've been so sick with more traditional symptoms.

Porcupineinwaiting Tue 07-Apr-20 23:52:20

Anyway I'm on day 21. Started w diarrhoea and have had a steady progression of symptoms since then, everything except a raised temperature. Bloody awful illness (in my case anyway) - and absolutely nothing like flu or anything else I've ever encountered.

Mnuchkin Tue 07-Apr-20 23:53:47

Notcool1984, was it an actual cough, or just the urge to cough? Did you have a temperature?

OP’s posts: |
MajesticWhine Tue 07-Apr-20 23:54:43

I think I had it but no test

Fever first
Then tight chest / heavy chest
Then slightly sore throat with croaky voice
Then breathlessness, feeling faint.

In that order
Mostly better by day 8 but some breathlessness occurring after that.
Please note that people do seem to experience this illness quite differently.

Mnuchkin Tue 07-Apr-20 23:58:42

Porcupineinwaiting how long did it take to go from diarrhoea to the cough, etc?

I really hope you’re past the worst of it.

OP’s posts: |
Notcool1984 Tue 07-Apr-20 23:58:42

An actual cough, but first four days were more throat clearing and I thought maybe allergies, before the chills, temperature, muscle aching kicked in and then the cough also got worse. I had a mild fever (self tested 37.7), but felt very hot and bothered and also had fluey chills, burny eyes. What symptoms are you worried about?

Bigearringsbigsmile Wed 08-Apr-20 00:02:34

I started with the fever and chills. Lasted for 48hours. Felt dreadful and very very tired. Sense of taste and smell went at that point.
Cough started on day 8.
I am in day 10 now. Feel ok but a bit of a cough and still no taste or smell.

Porcupineinwaiting Wed 08-Apr-20 00:04:49

I didn't start coughing til day 6, and honestly haven't actually coughed that much. I got steadily worse days 1-6, then 7-16 alternated bw 1 day better, 1 day really ill, until day 17 when I turned a corner, since when (touch wood) I am now in recovery.

Mnuchkin Wed 08-Apr-20 00:05:39

Notcool1984 I’m on day 11 since an emergency dentist visited who coughed some. About 5 days ago I developed an urge to cough, but been able not to actually cough. Had an uncomfortable feeling in my chest off and on. No temperature or loss of appetite, either. Sneezed a fair bit and am allergic to dust and I’ve been panicking which makes me feel hot and tends to affect my breathing, so am completely at a loss.

OP’s posts: |
Petiolaris Wed 08-Apr-20 00:49:14

I haven’t been tested. Started with a dry cough on day 1, on day 2 I developed a 38.4 temperature and nausea, I was literally shaking. Day 3 I developed the worst sore throat I’ve ever had, it literally felt like someone had their hand around my throat squeezing and cutting off my air. The temperature only lasted for one day but the cough, sore throat and nausea lasted for a week, and towards the end of the week I started coughing up phlegm and developed diarrhoea too. Around day 12 I lost my hearing and sense of taste for a couple of days. The doctors checked me out but wouldn’t test or diagnose me because I hadn’t travelled.

I coughed really badly for the first two weeks, I couldn’t lie flat to sleep and sometimes I had to lie on my front otherwise I couldn’t breathe. A month after the onset I’m still coughing occasionally with a mild sore throat. My lungs are broken - even a strong smell like deodorant or paint makes me choke and have chest pains for hours. I can’t exercise - even mild exercise sets off a coughing fit and breathing difficulties. I was previously fit but now even carrying heavy stuff upstairs makes me cough and my chest hurts.

I’m convinced it was COVID19 because I had none of the normal flu symptoms like runny nose or headache - this was all in my throat and chest. The fact that I still haven’t recovered also leads me to think it wasn’t flu.

MummyPop00 Wed 08-Apr-20 01:46:26

Not been tested, but because of the ‘peculiarity’ of symptoms and also the fact that it’s currently going round and is primarily a respiratory disease, I’d be amazed if it was anything else.

Day 1/2: Bearly perceptible tickle in throat noticeable after I had finished cardio exercise, single dry coughs to clear.

Day 3: More noticeable dry cough, slight wheezing on lungs

Day 4/5/6: definite dry cough, noticeable wheezing on lungs.

Day 7: Cough & wheezing begins to ease

Day 8: Cough/Chest eases a little more.

That’s where I’m at now. Not quite over it, but on the home stretch now hopefully!

ShastaBeast Wed 08-Apr-20 05:34:56

My suspected symptoms started with a sore throat at night which felt like my throat was closing up, slightly snotty nose, headache I dismissed as usual occasional migraine, feeling very tired and sleeping more than usual and body aching more than usual (chronic pain). Initially dismissed as minor cold and recovering from the stress of an exam - possibly caught the day of the exam.

The feeling of it travelling to my chest with a burning sensation started three days later with an occasional cough but more like clearing my throat. No fever or loss of smell. Sore eyes, heartburn and less appetite.

I’m day 28 and still suffering with chest symptoms - bad asthma, slight burning sensation and occasional productive cough. Worst bit was day 15-18 with uncontrollable coughing. DH and 10yr old started coughing a week after my sore throat and are still wheezing and coughing occasionally too, worse at night and both had diarrhoea. Their symptoms were more mild thankfully and asthmatic 8yr old just had watery eyes and nausea.

It’s nothing like flu (and a snotty nose isn’t a symptom of flu). It was very focussed on the chest which is very uncomfortable. However I felt more well overall and more able to potter, go for a walk and engage with the family. With flu I barely moved for two weeks.

NotEverythingIsBlackandwhite Wed 08-Apr-20 06:32:46


Sneezed a fair bit and am allergic to dust and I’ve been panicking which makes me feel hot and tends to affect my breathing, so am completely at a loss.
According to symptom charts I have seen, sneezing is definitely not a symptom of Coronavirus. There is a chart of symptoms in this article comparing symptons of CV, colds and flu.

Tangledyarn Wed 08-Apr-20 06:34:36

1-3 Started with a couple of days of feeling fluey, high temp, sore throat and cough.
4-7 Then felt better ish for a few days..just had chest tightness. Thought it was an asthma flare.
Then had had high temp, cough returned developed chest pain, burning in chest, wheezing, fast pulse and breathlessness which was really bad between days 10-20. Extreme fatigue, sore throat, cough, no appetite, intermittent diarrhoea, shaky, extremely pale, cognitively not right, basically trapped in bed.
Days 20-33 symptoms still there apart from temp, but more up and down, better and worse days but pretty incapacitated by it all still at times, but getting out of bed more, breathlessness generally better at rest although still bad when walking around. Just feel generally not well still but gradually getting better. Have been told it's very normal to have good and bad days and for it to take a long time too feel ok.

Not tested but have been told by 3 gps that they are certain its a moderate case of covid19 +secondary infection. Certainly never felt like this before in my life, very different to flu.

LucheroTena Wed 08-Apr-20 07:15:45

Fever 38c, aches, pains, fatigue, nausea and a one off episode loose stool. Fever lasted a couple of days. I wasn’t particularly unwell but had to go to bed a few times during the day for a nap because of the aches and pains. Then that went and I was left feeling slightly breathless with any exertion. All in all lasted a week. Am fine now back to normal. Was a bit worse than a cold but I personally felt MUCH sicker when I had flu.

Musseswoofles Wed 08-Apr-20 07:30:03

Day 25 here
First couple of days v tired and muscle aches. Didn’t pay much attention put it down to 2yo being home!
48 hours of fever and migraines
Nothing for 4/5 days
Developed dry cough
Turned into chesty cough no sleep waking up having coughing fits for about 5 days
Lessened to dry cough
Developed cold like symptoms
Then 3 days of dizzy spells world spinning moments
Developed chest infection
Now sinus infection for at least 5 days and today I can’t taste anything
GP said they’re confident it’s corona but no test
My face hurts from the sinus infection but otherwise sure I’m on the mend. I’ve felt ‘better’ for about a week

SunshineCake Wed 08-Apr-20 07:40:02

I've been coughing for three weeks, felt hot but no thermometer agreed temperature. Been so tired I've been in bed for two weeks, lots of headaches. Been to hospital twice and x-rayed once but told lungs are clear. Had a lot of trouble with my breathing. Told to self isolate on Sunday but not sure why tbh having been in the house for three weeks already.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, quick, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Get started »