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Figmentofmyimagination Fri 10-Apr-20 07:21:58

Here they are -
Day 1 - afternoon - temperature - I have no thermometer so didn’t measure it - just felt suddenly a bit hot and red in the face, but not shockingly so. By the evening I’d lost all sense of taste and smell. Made a curry using marks and Spencer tikka masala paste and couldn’t tell it was curry flavoured. Had a glass of white wine. I had already been experiencing the odd tiny sniffle in my nose but this was extremely low key. Cleaning my teeth I could still taste my toothpaste.

Next day, felt like a giant white wine hangover. Very tired - at one stage, I put my head on my hands on the table and just sat there for ages. Ignored phone calls. Still no taste and smell. No appetite but I ate sensibly throughout and didn’t feel sick or have diarrhoea etc.

Next day similar. Did some work on my laptop but went to bed at 3pm. The oddest and most unpleasant symptom was a sudden wave of nausea inside me while sitting at my desk as if I’d been invaded by something - but it passed. Bad headache but not bad enough to require a paracetamol.

Next day more of the same. Put on loads of perfume to test but couldn’t smell it. My body was clearly telling me to lie down so I took lots of rests but I carried on working in between as this was possible for me, including phone conversations about work.

This went on for three more days. On about night 5 I became anxious that maybe my chest was tightening (I’m asthmatic) but it wasn’t and I was imagining it. Slept v badly but this was anxiety I think. All through, I had a clear nose to breathe and no cough. Eventually my taste and smell began to recover. I discovered that my favourite virus food was stewed apples, which I could taste quite early on for some reason - the sugar I think.

I’m better now, although still going to bed early and won’t be going out in public quite yet. I thought I’d share my symptoms as I didn’t have either a dry cough, sore throat or a high temperature, except on day one. The clearest, weirdest symptom was the loss of taste and smell and the one scary wave of nausea. I strongly suspect this was the Coronavirus, although who knows. If it was, I was very lucky, touch wood, to have such a mild dose. It’s been quite a lonely experience as I live on my own atm so I thought I’d share my symptoms now that they seem to have abated, hopefully.

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SpudsAreLife84 Fri 10-Apr-20 07:25:13

Sorry to be a bringer of bad news, but don't assume you are better just yet. My brother and his wife had very similar, thought they were fine and then on around day 10 their fevers spiked, started experiencing chestcpaom and coughs so hang fire and rest as much as possible in case this also happens to you sad

Figmentofmyimagination Fri 10-Apr-20 07:27:04

Oh dear! Thanks.

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scochran Fri 10-Apr-20 07:34:03

I think I may have had a long but mild dose. Children were ill a bit later, different symptoms. Before the news of loss of taste came into the news I kept craving apple or orange juice, which I never usually drink, the finding they had no taste or sharpness.
I was exhausted for 12 days, chest tightness and thundering heart rate at night but could also be anxiety. Am back to gentle running now but aware breathing not quite back to normal.

TheoriginalLEM Fri 10-Apr-20 07:35:17


My symptoms were; tickly cough all day at work, got home, banging headache bit of a sore throat, started to lose voice. Went to bed, felt awful but mostly down to panic I think. In the morning coughing, struggling to speak , temp crept up during the day but 37.9 was as high as it got. V tired.

Self isolated from the second day and gradually felt better, very hoarse voice. Went back to work on day 10, felt better but couldn't speak on phone as it induced coughing fit.

At no time did my chest feel compromised, neither did my taste change. I have limited sense of smell normally.

I don't think I had it

Figmentofmyimagination Fri 10-Apr-20 07:37:03

That’s interesting scochran - did you have a cough?

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Callimanco Fri 10-Apr-20 07:46:39

As I posted in the lung thread, the key features of a weird virus I recently had was panicky feelings, dizziness and a day of diarrhea to begin with. The panicky feeling - coupled with a fast heart beat and insomnia - was unlike anything I have ever had with an illness before. At the time I thought it was a tummy bug and wasn't worried about the disease itself and I experienced the anxiety as a sudden inability to cope with the news and the situation - but it went as fast as it came, after about 3 days, and now I think it was a physiological response of my immune system
It was illogical for my "panic attacks" to subside when they did as it coincided with respiratory symptoms starting. I had a sore throat with thick mucus that was hard to clear, and a feeling of having inhaled powder or chilli. The cough was minor and intermittent and I recovered in about 10 days, bar frequent indigestion for another couple of weeks.

scochran Fri 10-Apr-20 07:52:53

I had no cough. Maybe some nighttime temperatures. Broke into sweat doing stuff round the house, too.
My youngest had the sore throat, cough and some sickness and diarrhea. He has been ok for a week but last night said he felt I'll agsin.. just when I thought it was calming down.
Also noticed my cat keeps sneezing. I am not even going to Google that. He have a enclosed garden so hasn't been anywhere but here.

Maybeimweird Fri 10-Apr-20 08:00:34

Around 6 days ago I developed a dry cough, wasn't sure if it was caught from the kids as they had had colds etc, I felt like I've had a head cough, no runny nose but headache etc I've took paracetamol everyday for a headache but not sure if that's from coughing and the pressure of it. Today I have been woken by an almighty sickness feeling, I am so nauseous, I've had to get up to go to the bathroom as I could feel it coming on but not actually been sick yet!

I wish we could just know either way, my sister lost her sense of taste and smell last week and she's never poorly I live with her

missingeu Fri 10-Apr-20 08:39:38

Started a week ago
Day 1: loss of smell and taste, fatigue and muscle ache. Headache
Day 2-5 continue loss of smell and taste, fatigue, musche ache plus exterme sore throat. Like it was burning, hurt to swallow or speak. Headache. Woke up in pain every morning.
Day 6: loss of smell and taste, slight sore throat and cold like symptons. continued fatigued.

Just feel lucky to have it mild -and some difficulity breathing.

Looking foward to getting back to normal, working and walking the dog.

Umnoway Fri 10-Apr-20 08:47:56

The only person I know who has had it is my Step-Dad. He is mid fifties and had a stroke a few years ago so is considered high risk.

He started off with a temperature and constant cough so the two classic symptoms. By day 2 he literally couldn’t get out of bed, he was only dragging himself out to use the toilet as little as he could get away with. He said it felt a lot like the flu, he was just totally wiped out by it. On day 4 he started with chronic diarrhoea. He had to force a bowl of soup down each day but really had zero appetite, just drifted in and out of sleep all day and night. By day six he started to feel human again and managed some toast and stay out of bed for a good hour. He’s on day nine today and feels more human but still not 100%. No chest tightness or breathing problems thankfully, just said he felt like he had both the flu and norovirus combined.

AppleJane Fri 10-Apr-20 08:56:12

Unless we are tested, how do any of us know if we've had it or not? It could be a different virus.

I worry that people might think they've had it and are now 'safe'. Please don't stop being cautious and still protect yourself just in case.

We desperately need tests.

vegas888 Fri 10-Apr-20 08:58:49

Can I ask how you know for sure it was Covid19 and not just another virus?

Avocuddles Fri 10-Apr-20 09:01:30

My symptoms..... (note I'm 36, pregnant and have mild asthma)

A few days of feeling a bit run down, thought nothing of it.
Friday (day 3) - Start coughing and aching a bit, but not enough to stop most activities. Decide to sleep in separate rooms to be on safe side.
Saturday (day 4) - feeling a bit worse, mild fever, all sense of smell and taste completely disappears - to the extent that wouldn't have been able to tell the difference between tea, coffee or water, and can't smell any cleaning products at all
Sunday (day 5) - more tired, more aching, more coughs
Monday (day 6) - much the same, nosebleeds, congestion
Tuesday (day 7) - same but worse, find it a real struggle to leave the bed. Still no sense of taste or smell and struggling to eat.
Wednesday (day 8) getting worse, just walking from bed to en suite makes me feel breathless. Still have a low level fever. Develop urinary incontinence, wetting myself when I cough
Thursday (day 9) - probably the worst day. Add upset stomach and digestive pains to the above. Really struggling to eat anything and don't leave bed all day other than to use bathroom. Have telephone consultation with GP who arranges to call me back next morning.
Friday (day 10) - still feeling really rough in the morning. GP arranges for paramedics to come visit. They check my stats and are happy for me to continue recovery at home. Friday afternoon I finally start to feel a little better.
Saturday (day 11) - start to a get a small proportion of smell and taste back, though still very restricted. Have a little more energy. Still isolating from husband (other than when he drops off food)
Sunday / Monday (days 12-13) - progressive improvement, still feel very tired, aches, congestion
Tuesday (day 14) - most of smell and taste have returned. Still tired and aching but improving daily. Still coughing and struggling with incontinence but again improving.
Wednesday (day 15) - continued improvement.
Thursday (day 16) - still coughing but less frequently, still congested but might be a pregnancy thing. Temperature is normal, appetite is back and husband finally returns to our room!

Another week on from that I'm still not quite 100% in terms of energy but pretty good. Hope this helps give a sense of how long and slow this illness can be! Please note that I wasn't tested but GP / paramedics are confident of the diagnosis given I had pretty much every symptom on the list.....

MouthBreathingRage Fri 10-Apr-20 09:07:39

I've had odd symptoms, but I am wondering if there's a similar-but-not-covid virus going around. Day 1 lost all sense of taste and smell, day 2 woke up feeling like I'd been run over by a lorry (or 5). This followed by my sinuses being on fire for days and a bearable sore throat. My lungs felt squeezed, bit breathless, but they're always like that when ill due to a previous bout of pleurisy. It all passed fairly quickly, bar the loss of smell that is better but not completely recovered. Due to no cough and only one day of having a temp, I'm guessing I didn't actually have Corona, but I did have the fear for a day or two.

pennylane83 Fri 10-Apr-20 09:39:00

I started with headaches and an upset tummy for about a week. The 2nd week also started to feel waves of nausea, got a stuffy nose and muscle pains especially in neck and arms. On week 3 now, still have all week 2 symptoms (feels like i've inhaled chili powder up my nose) and the glands in my neck are now very swollen and causing my lots of trouble with my ears (clogged/sensitive hearing/soreness). It actually feels like there is something moving in my neck. No temperature, sore throat or cough though so go knows what bug i've picked up!

scochran Fri 10-Apr-20 09:55:38

I can't know if it was covid or not. I would say, though, that I am being just as cautious as whatever i had was awful and I certainly don't want another illness to follow. I am pretty fit and usually healthy but that was hard going.

Figmentofmyimagination Fri 10-Apr-20 09:59:12

vegas888 I don’t know whether it is covid19 but I’m erring on the safe side - eg intending a massive deep clean when I’m better. The loss of taste and smell made me suspect, along with the wave of nausea which felt quite sinister and like nothing I have ever experienced before. Obviously could be another unpleasant virus. If so, it is not one I have ever encountered before. Still haven’t recovered taste and smell 100% although definitely improving. Still resting a lot.

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Figmentofmyimagination Fri 10-Apr-20 10:02:36

avocuddles I really feel for you being pregnant.

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SoupDragon Fri 10-Apr-20 10:04:37

There is a whole separate topic for the virus.

justanotherneighinparadise Fri 10-Apr-20 10:07:04

No one knows if any of this stuff it covid or not as you can’t get bloody tested!!!

Op I agree about this virus springing an attack once you think you’re on the mend. So just take it easy, carry on resting and don’t push yourself back to ‘ordinary life’ too soon.

Figmentofmyimagination Fri 10-Apr-20 10:10:14

soupdragon sorry - I didn’t realise. I was just feeling a bit lonely this morning so I posted on here.

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JoMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 10-Apr-20 10:16:23

Hi Figmentofmyimagination

We're going to move your thread over to our Coronavirus topic now.

We're really glad that you're on the mend. Take it easy. flowers brew

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Fri 10-Apr-20 10:17:08

Is everyone sharing symptoms definitely diagnosed with CV? If not you may have had a different virus with similar symptoms.

Thisismytimetoshine Fri 10-Apr-20 10:22:31

I wish people would stop doing this... All other illnesses have not gone away, you know. People listing common cold/flu symptoms as "my experience of Corona" is unhelpful at best.
Pointless attention seeking at worst.

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