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anyone had a flu that leaves them feeling sick for days?

(18 Posts)
mummylonglegs Thu 03-Feb-05 10:02:35

Dp and I have had a horrible flu virus this last week. He's recovered but I feel sweaty and sick every day still and can't face eating anything or even drinking much. Anyone else had this? When did it begin to clear up?

mummylonglegs Thu 03-Feb-05 10:24:10

P.S. I seem to have a lot of catarrh on my chest. Does that cause nausea?

nnosam Thu 03-Feb-05 10:33:51

had it and wondered if my pill had stopped working as it felt like morning sickness, but was the flu, or so my doctor said......
i think i lasted about 7-10 days.
dont know if catarrh causes nausea, but could be possible.

Chandra Thu 03-Feb-05 10:37:29

Yes, mine lasted for 10-12 days, lost 3 kilos as a result. The nausea may be caused by your weakness (remember you have not been feeling well or eating properly for a week). Start with some soft food but don't over do it, and drink LOTS of water.

Hulababy Thu 03-Feb-05 11:04:30

Yes, I have it NOW. Since the weekend I felt run down and had sore throat, headache and tight chest. On Tuesday I went into work, but had to leave my classroom during first lesson as I was shaking, and dizzy. I was then really sick. HM sent me home nd went to GP yesterday to rule out infection. Now still feeling very very tired and worn out, still feel sick and dizzy, getting through day using painkillers for aches and hot lemon for head! Sleeping a lot on and off too. I can eat and drink though luckily. GP has told me to stay off work for a week and if still bad to go and see him again on Monday for a sick note.

I am desperately hoping to feel a bit brighter (and without the aid of drugs) for tomorrow evening. Dh and I have an important (well, important for him work wise) ball tomorow which we really do need to attend. My mum has tomorrow off work and is going to come over, follwed by my dad after lunch, to take care of DD so I can get as much sleep and rest as possible. They are staying over to babysit anyway.

dinosaur Thu 03-Feb-05 11:15:53

I've had very bad 'flu. I had a relapse after a couple of days of feeling better, so the doctor gave me antibiotics as he says there is a lot of pneumonia about! Sympathies, I still feel rough, but my appetite is coming back now.

Carla Thu 03-Feb-05 11:28:04

My mum has had it for three weeks. She normally shrugs everthing off and carries on as normal, but not with this one. Sick with it, GP prescribed antibiotics, and she's lost a stone in weight. And we haven't seen her for three weeks

Hope you feel a bit better soon. X

expatinscotland Thu 03-Feb-05 11:31:20

Is a/one else absolutely terrified of the strain of avian flu that's mutating to likely become a VERY lethal, very infectious pandemic?

My grandmother lost her first husband, age 21, and her first child, a daughter aged 2, to the Spanish flu, which also started out as an avian flu.

It sticks in the back of my head and scares the life outta me.

mummylonglegs Thu 03-Feb-05 14:39:43

Thanks everyone. It's 'good' not to be alone!

What I've got sounds quite similar to what some of you guys have described. I felt very exhausted, then last Thursday evening I suddenly started sneezing which went on all day Friday. Friday night I started shaking and then I sweated and shook all night, felt weak and rubbish on Saturday. Then Sunday and Monday I thought I was over it only to start shivering even worse than ever on Tuesday afternoon. I was literally incapacitated by it, I couldn't move and felt like being sick all the time. That night dp said I hallucinated and it was like sleeping next to a full radiator. Since then I just feel sick all the time, yes it is a bit like morning sickness but no chance of that, and the thought of any food and in fact any drinks makes me feel like retching.

Not good. I can't remember the last time I felt so dire.

And yes, I do worry about all kinds of things now when I have flu and a fever. Mainly because I dread passing it onto dd who's only 2.4

mummylonglegs Fri 04-Feb-05 11:38:22

Anyone else with any tips / experiences? I'm still feeling lousy ...

mummylonglegs Fri 04-Feb-05 13:14:48


Lonelymum Fri 04-Feb-05 13:20:50

Oh Mummylonglegs, so sorry to see you are not well. I can't give any advice as such, but wanted to let you know I have seen this and am sending you lots of good wishes that you will soon feel better. Sounds like dd may have avoided it if you have had it a week and she is showing no symptoms yet.

These things can knock you out for a week or two so don't rush into trying to be well again too soon. Let yourself slowly get back to normaland only eat if you feel like it. Could you manage some soup maybe? as that would be nutritious without being too hard to digest.

All the best. LM

Lonelymum Fri 04-Feb-05 13:21:30

Norma Land? No I meant normal and .....

mummylonglegs Fri 04-Feb-05 16:23:20

I like Norma Land. How do you get there I wonder?

I'm feeling totally dire still. Like a steam roller's been driving over my head. And all I seem to want to do is sleep. I'm not eating anything at all and only managing to drink very small amounts and I don't think I can keep going like that for too long. I keep going to sleep at night thinking 'I must feel better tomorrow' then waking up with my head pounding wanting to retch and dreading the day ahead.

Lonelymum Fri 04-Feb-05 16:32:45

You sound bad, but also normal if you have flu. Don't worry about not eating. I am sure your body will let you know when you are ready for food again. Drink what you can and stay in bed!!! You will have to get someone else (dh?) to do all the things you would normally do.

Lonelymum Fri 04-Feb-05 16:33:29

Oh and sleep! The reason you feel that is all you want to do is because that is what your body needs. Don't fight it!

mummylonglegs Fri 04-Feb-05 16:55:40

Thanks LM. Dp is very busy at the moment unfortunately but is doing his best. He's taken dd out this afternoon and I did sleep but woke up feeling worse. Those daytime sleeps have never been great for me to be honest! I feel as though I'm full of bile. Not in the Shakespearean sense either.

Lonelymum Fri 04-Feb-05 17:00:49

Take it easy. Have to go now but I hope you feel better soon.

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