Patient Comments: Flu (Influenza) - Symptoms

Please describe your flu symptoms.

Comment from: RobinKS, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

My flu symptoms are chills, fever of 100 and a little higher, deep cough, mild headache, scratchy throat (little), and aches.

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Comment from: Crg2901, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I have flu now going on two weeks; never in my life was it this bad and I got flu shot 3 months ago. It started with cough, muscle aches, fever, upset stomach, and headache. One night was so bad I went to hospital, I thought I was going to die. I am so tired sleeping all day and night, sweating. I have no energy, mouth sores, cold sores, and no appetite. Usually when I get flu, it's there few days then it's gone. I've missed 9 days of work already and I'm wondering if getting the flu shot actually made me get a worse case of the flu.

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Comment from: rknott2612, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

My flu symptoms are headache, pressure behind nose and eyes, swollen glands, sore throat, runny nose like a faucet, aches and pains, and cough when mucus builds up. I am not sure about fever, I do feel hot and have chills.

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Comment from: TKoftheMW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had the flu for the last 3 days. My throat hurt, my glands were extremely painful and swollen, my joints ached like never before, severe headache, and I had a fever of 103.9 while on Tylenol. I literally slept 24 hours. I am now feeling better, but my glands are still very sore and I tire easily. I am wondering if I am still contagious if it's just my glands that are sore.

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Comment from: CM, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat, which I thought wasn't justified as I had been wrapping up warm when outside, etc. I went about my day as normal indoors. Then in the early afternoon, whilst in my room I got hit by this extreme tiredness that I've never experienced before. My body ached all over, particularly my neck, shoulders, arms, hips, thighs and hands. Then there was the constant, piercing headache that didn't go away for over 5 hours. This led to me getting a fever, sweating and yet at the same time getting chills and shivering. I wasn't coughing at all but had a bit of a runny nose, nausea and burning eyes. I was in bed at 4pm and had no energy whatsoever and couldn't get up until over 6 hours later when I needed to use the toilet. Every time I tried moving a tiny bit my whole body would shiver and I'd lose the energy again. Also, my eyes were much more sensitive to light. My mum said they were red. As someone who is usually active and productive in the day this was very extreme for me and it made me quite emotional. It's day two today and I've improved massively. Whilst bed bound yesterday my mum gave me two hot lemon and ginger/honey teas and made me take two day and night Nurofen cold and flu tablets. The Nurofen eased the head a little and very slowly. Today I haven't had much of a headache. I'm feel quite spaced out and tired but I can move around much more. I was feeling very sore this morning, especially around my chest and neck area but a very hot bath helped a lot. I had two tablets and another lemon and ginger tea but I've spent most of my time in bed to recover. The only thing left is a sore throat, lack of energy and the spacey-ness. I think I'll be able to make it through work tomorrow although I'm concerned about being contagious and being outside could make it worse, but I seem to be recover much faster than most people!

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Comment from: Andreas, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I have muscle pain, bone pain, shaking, and difficulty breathing. I feel very cold but I am also sweating a lot during my sleep. I think I have flu.

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Comment from: zionadams, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had the flu nasal mist vaccine in September and multiple exposures to flu type viruses which did not affect me. On Friday (mid-January) I went to bed feeling pain in my hands and joints but didn't associate it with anything other than increased activity. Four hours later I woke up with my heart pounding in my chest, racing very fast. I woke up because of a Charlie horse cramp (atypical for me) and didn't realize my pulse was up until I had jumped out of bed and was already on my feet. I collapsed and nearly fainted. I had to sit down and talk myself down to normal breathing, and this took several minutes. I honestly wondered if it all would culminate in a heart attack or stroke. Afterward, I broke out in a heavy cold sweat and considered calling 911; nothing had been wrong 4 hours before. But there was no chest pain per se and I could smile normally. On my first day back to work I learned that another employee, who I had never met previously, had identical symptoms. (She thought she was having a heart attack as well.) We both went on to have chills, mild upset stomach, URIs (upper respiratory infections, low grade fevers (or sub normal temperatures). No headache, no vomiting. I would say it's been a steady level of mild fatigue. This is the weirdest virus I have ever had. Day 5 now: I cannot keep my nose from dripping. First day back to work and my boss says I look terrible and suggested sending me home.

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