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If you've had the flu

(14 Posts)
Sunshineonsea Fri 21-Feb-14 19:37:12

How long before you have felt back to normal again?

I've only ever had it once before and I was pregnant at the time so i was wiped out for weeks.

It started last Saturday and I seem to have got over the worst of it, throat is still sore from coughing up phlegm but nose is clear and I'm not aching but I just feel exhausted,
Went to bed at 9 last night and slept through till 7 and I could honestly crawl into bed right now!
I havnt done anything that requires too much effort today, but I was walking around asda for a few bits and my body just felt like it was on slow mode
I've had a headache all day, I've finally given in and taken paracetamol because it didn't seem to be shifting.
Please tell me I'll feel better soon sad

toldmywrath Fri 21-Feb-14 19:47:49

I've only had proper flu once-it was truly dreadful for about 3 days (in pain from the ache all over)Then awful for a further ten days. I didn't fully recover my energy for 3months, felt drained & easily worn out. The best thing is plenty of rest-easier said than done with young children.
Get well soon.

Figster Fri 21-Feb-14 19:49:45

Only time I had it came down with it Xmas day went back to work 10th Jan and prob took another week before was 100%.

I have never been so ill in my life!!

apermanentheadache Fri 21-Feb-14 19:53:42

Mine started two weeks ago to the day and has been followed by secondary infections. I continue to feel utterly shit and very down and weepy - the initial aches only lasted 3 days or so though. You have my every sympathy.

SadFreak Fri 21-Feb-14 20:04:29

I have had proper flu 3times in my 40 odd years.
I would say it's a very slow and geadual process if geeting better. 6 weekish if feeling pretty yuck tired snd rin dien probably followed by another month of slow improvement. I would imagine if you are pregnant then it may take even longer.

Sunshineonsea Fri 21-Feb-14 20:08:39

Thank you, I think Dh thinks I'm being a bit of a hypochondriac(I have form) because outwardly it looks like there's nothing wrong with me but it's really wiped me out
My ds has been really well behaved thankfully smile

Sunshineonsea Fri 21-Feb-14 20:11:20

Sorry just to clarify this is the 2nd time I've ever had it, the first time I was pregnant though so couldn't judge how long it lasted because of general pregnancy aches and tiredness

Sunshineonsea Fri 21-Feb-14 20:13:46

aper I hope you feel better soon brew

SerenaJoy Fri 21-Feb-14 20:15:14

I had it when I was a teenager and was ill for a full two weeks. Seems like I got off lightly, reading other responses! I did lose a stone though (and I was skinny then so that was a lot to lose).

SerenaJoy Fri 21-Feb-14 20:16:26

Oh, and I hope you start feeling better soon OP, and you aper


MolotovCocktail Fri 21-Feb-14 20:17:55

I had it once - came down with it Xmas Eve 2007 (24yo at the time). I couldn't get warm, despite being wrapped in pyjamas, a thick dressing gown and about 4 layers of blankets (plus heating being on!)

Standing up was a task for about 3 days, let alone anything else. I felt just so awfully lousy for about a week. Kept falling asleep randomly and had zero energy.

I returned to work about 3 weeks later largely recovered, but still not 100% (still felt like I had a cold - but just a cold, thankfully).

I caught another virus late March 2008 and developed bacterial pneumonia (was delerious and coughed up bright red blood. Very scary). I was almost hospitalised and needed a 3w course of double-strength antibiotics to get rid of it.

Still, flu made me feel more ill than pneumonia!

MolotovCocktail Fri 21-Feb-14 20:18:21

Get well soon smile thanks brew

Sunshineonsea Sat 22-Feb-14 07:47:45

Thanks for all the get well messages thanks

toldmywrath Sun 23-Feb-14 20:44:39

Yes Molotov, you've reminded me- I couldn't even crawl to the toilet in the first 2 or 3 days. DH had to assist.
Get well soon to those who are ill.

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