DH is quite poorly and has taken to bed with all of the swine flu symptoms. I don't think it is swine flu as we've all been poorly (a few days off school/nursery/ work) and bounced back; DH just seems to be suffereing more than we did, and we are in one of the current SF hot spots.
as it is not 'normal' flu season in the Uk, I think most cases are likely to be confirmed as swine flu, especially if you are part of a town/city with confirmed cases,as it is very possible you (and many of us) could have been infected. The health service are no longer waiting for lab results to confirm swine flu, but diagnosing based on clinical symptoms.
I would go to your GP to confirm your suspicions but you don't need to treat it any differently to having regular flu. rest up, plenty of fluids, painkillers etc
I think you have to be tested to be sure, but if it really is flu, is there any other sort about at the moment? I think the first thing that doctors are asking at the moment is have you had any contact with anyone who has had it?
If you are in a hotspot, it might be a good idea to contact the doc tomorrow (obviously sooner if you're worried about him).
Hmmmm! I was wondering this myself! Touch wood I still feel healthy, but my girls are at school with 2 suspected cases.
We all (except eldest DD who has the Flu jab because of pre existing meds) had seasonal flu just before Xmas last year. It came on suddenly with with fever, chills, raing temp, headaches, sore throat, cough etc etc. Youngest DD also had V & D. I have to say in my 36 years on this earth I have had proper seasonal Flu three times and this was deffo a real dose. I was flat in my back for 5 days literally only able to drag myself from the ed to the loo when needed. Kind of driftin in and out of a feverish sleep for days on end. I then felt ill and off for a floowing week and very weak for another 3 weeks or so.
GP said Flu (seasonal) comes on suddenly. Its not a bad cold that builds up to a nasty cold with nasty symptoms, it does just hit you very suddenly.
I have no idea with this Swine Flu - how you tell. It also seems a bit of a postcode lottery as to how you get dealt with/treated if you have any flu like symptoms.
Really sorry I can offer no Swine Flu help. Hope you feel better soon.
well dh has woken up feeling OKish and even went to the gym although came back feeling dodgy. The person from work who tested positive for swine flu only had 24hr symptoms and binned the Tamiflu which was prescribed. I'm really hoping this is a case of swine flu he has/had, 24hrs I can handle, but certainly not any of this 'in bed for a week dying then months of coughing and fatigue' which would normally be the case for me...
I think that you are supposed to stay at home for 5-7 days? at least until all the fluey symptoms have cleared up because although its a short lived bug for some, it is also a pretty serious bug for some. I've heard that with some people the symptoms can get better for a couple of days and then come back with a vengeance, so don't be surprised if that happens. def don't go to gp. If concerned, phone and ask for advice either from nhsdirect or gp.
My OH has been off work for a day and a half and thinks he has Swine Flu. Am trying to resist the urge to just tell him it's man flu.
Anyway - the doctor is coming to do a swab and to give him tamiflu!!!! As far as I know there are no cases here but we just got back from Glastonbury Festival so maybe whatever he's got he has picked up there?!