Patient Comments: Swine Flu - Concerns and Risks

Are you concerned about contracting swine flu? Has it affected your travel plans?

Comment from: A Little Nervous, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I'm a little concerned about swine flu. My fiancé and I have a wedding coming up in a month, and we have a lot of family and friends traveling from all over the country to come in for it. Also, we will be traveling to Greece for our honeymoon. I definitely hope swine flu gets under control soon!

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Published: May 04

I am really scared about the swine flu. I catch stuff real easy, my boyfriends sister is really sick. We don't know if she has the swine flu, but she has the symptoms. She called to ask for a ride to the hospital, but we didn't do it because we were really worried to be infected. I feel bad that we didn't take her, but this is scary stuff, someone else took her. Anyway I hope they find a cure soon.

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Comment from: Santoshngc, 19-24 (Patient) Published: May 04

I'm from Pokhara Nepal. Yesterday my friend came in my house & told that he is not feeling good. He told he ate pig meat 2 days ago. He was so weak. In the morning I felt unwell. Now I'm suffering from headaches, chills, aching muscles, and runny noses. I'm afraid whether I'm suffering from Swine Flu.

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Comment from: kenlin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I am wondering if it's possible that this flu was making the rounds prior to being reported. My family and I had a terrible flu this year- just recovered from it a few weeks ago. We had all the symptoms. We all agreed it was unlike any illnesss we'd ever had. We were sick for 2 months! I've never been that sick in my lifetime. I was sure we'd end up hospitalized. And it was highly contagious, despite good hygiene and keeping our distance. Is it possible that this virus, or maybe an earlier strain of it was making the rounds earlier on the timeline?

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Comment from: ARutan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

My son was sent home from school on Friday with vomiting and a fever and a slightly sore throat. By 4pm his fever was up to 104.8 so we called the doctor and they had us bring him right in. They diagnosed him with strep throat even though his strep test came back negative. By the next day he was feeling better but I started feeling sick and by that afternoon my fever was up to 104.6. I had a runny nose, a slightly sore throat, chills and aches all over. We were going to go to the hospital if my fever reached 105 because I have a shunt in my spine and brain and have had a brain infection. By Sunday I was feeling a bit better and my fever was down to 102 in the am and by the afternoon it was down to 100. Today it is normal so far and I do feel better other then a headache (slight) and congestion. How long do the symptoms usually last?

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Comment from: Liketoknow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

My 3 year old grandson visited yesterday. He awoke from a nap and vomited. Today I feel nausea, diarrhea, and chills, and a slight headache. Should I call my doctor? I do not have a cough or fever. I live in Alabama. Could this be another virus, not swine flu?

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Comment from: that_girl, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I'm not overly concerned about swine flu but I am washing my hands more often, trying to minimize the amount of touching that I do, especially at school because there are so many people there who may be sick. I'm not travelling anywhere soon, but if I were going to travel I would refrain from travelling to Mexico and the southern U.S because of the high incidence of swine flu in that area.

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Comment from: EMckelvey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I have had a virus consisting of fever no higher than 101, sore throat, earache, coughing violently, stuffed-up nose, nausea, and diarrhea (the diarrhea only lasted two days) for ten days now. I also lost voice my voice for two days and was hoarse for four days. Finally went to the Doctor on Tuesday. He gave me Z-pac and hydrocodone-Homatropine cough syrup. I am a little better today. How do I know I didn't have Swine flu? I haven't been to Mexico or around anyone that I know of that has had Swine flu.

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