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Flu Symptoms 2011

By February 8, 2011

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For current information on the 2012 - 2013 flu season, check out Flu Symptoms 2013 and share your story.

We are in the midst of flu season here in the United States. It seems everywhere you go, at least half of the people around you are sick.

Is it a cold or the flu?

So how do you know if that runny nose and cough are caused by a cold, the flu or something else? For the past couple of years, we have been dealing with H1N1 (swine flu) and there is actually still a good deal of it going around. Symptoms of H1N1 are very similar to those of the typical seasonal flu, with just a few differences.

Usually the easiest way to differentiate between a cold and the flu is how you feel. The flu hits you like a brick wall and it's hard to even get out of bed. The cold starts out slow and gradually gets worse, but you can usually function through it.

Flu symptoms for 2011 aren't any different than any other year, but this easy to read chart may help you figure out what is causing your illness.

Share Your Story

Have you had the flu this year? If so, share with us what your flu symptoms were and how the flu affected you. You can also read about how the flu has affected other readers.

Update for 2011-2012 Flu Season

August 2011 - Now that flu season is closing in again, more people are starting to experience flu symptoms. These symptoms may range from a fever for a couple of days to being unable to get out of bed for a week. Although we haven't seen any widespread flu outbreaks in the US yet this flu season, that doesn't mean the virus isn't out there. Researchers expect the same or very similar strains of influenza that caused illness last year to make us sick again this year, so the flu vaccine will be the same as it was last year. That doesn't mean you shouldn't get it though.

January 2012 - Flu activity is still relatively low across most of the US, but that doesn't mean the virus isn't out there. For more up to date information on how the flu is affecting people now, see Flu Symptoms 2012.

Unfortunately, protection from the flu vaccine only lasts about 6 months, so even if you got the vaccine last year, you will need to be vaccinated again this year.

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February 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm
(1) Drew Faber says:

I live in Southern California. I haven’t noticed anyone coughing in the gym or grocery stores.

February 9, 2011 at 3:49 am
(2) Anthony says:

I reside in Scottsdale AZ and I flu like symptoms. It started the evening of Feb 7th with a runny nose and excessive sneezing. Next morning was hard to get out of bed, I had a headache, runny nose, sneezing, achy body, and plugged up ears. I do have an appetite n still have nrg once I get goin. Currently it’s 1:48am and I’m tossing and turning.

February 9, 2011 at 4:09 am
(3) D says:

I am also experiencing the same thing. Achy and cold, asleep since early evening, coughing.

February 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm
(4) cynthia says:

Pain all over body, chills, fever, exhausted, nasty cough really sucks! lasted 4 days, now on the mend will return to work tomorrow.

February 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm
(5) Melissa says:

Anthony- I’m in Desert Ridge and my mom is in Gainey Ranch and we both have the exact same symptoms!!!

February 13, 2011 at 1:31 am
(6) Angel says:

Helena, MT/ My 4 year old son was tested positive for the flu on Friday Feb 11, 2011. They wouldn’t test for the swine flu. On Monday Feb 7, 2011 he complained of a headache. Vomitted later that night. Started coughing the next day and has had fever for 5 days and counting. Fever has consistantly stayed 100-103 degrees with the aid of tylenol and motrin. He complains of stomach pain and has had foul smelling gas. He is constipated. Severe coughing continues as well as sore throat pain. No he did not get a flu shot this season.

February 14, 2011 at 8:51 am
(7) Dawn says:

A lot of people in NC are experiencing fever, headaches, dry cough, fatigue, nausea and occasionally vomiting. Some It lasts for several days up to weeks.

February 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm
(8) Chris says:

Sudden onset of body aches, head ache, fever, severe fatigue, plugged ears, and dizziness. Also in NC (central). Can hardly get out of bed.

February 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm
(9) daa says:

Started the evening of February 10 with headache. Friday February 11 I woke up extremely tired with chest congestion. Woke up at 11:00 am with sever body aches and fever.

February 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm
(10) tony says:

have had a fever of 100.8 for the last 2 days. Achey, tired, cough and a bit of a runny nose. came on suddenly friday, feb. 11th. so much for a nice valentine’s day!

February 15, 2011 at 12:14 am
(11) Jess says:

My husband, myself and my infant all got it one after another. I am last so I saw the symptoms through them first then I got itexactly the same. It takes a few days to set in with just feeling a little tired with a sneeze here and there. Then one day we got muscle aches, mostly in the back which got worse. Hard to sleep at night. When the muscle aches get almost too bad to stand, then your throat gets sore, chills and fatigue. The muscle aches start to subside and the throat swells up, ears ringing, dry coughing. Then the phlegm for a day or two. The cold seems to hang around for a few more days with a cough or sneeze intermittently, but you feel almost well. Overall it seemed to take about a week.

February 15, 2011 at 7:36 am
(12) Dan says:

Started with lots of sneezing then sore throat and dry cough for 6 days. On day 7 I felt nausea before severe dry heaves followed by vomiting of liquid 12 hours after eating. Then onset of diarrhea, extremely black for 2 days. Can’t eat much oft. Eat much because it feels like it is not passing through. Severe heartburn and reflux for the past two days.

February 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(13) emily says:

pains all over my body especially in my back, my eyes were dry,leaking and burning, fever, fatigue, head pain, weakness, feels like you got hit by a bus

February 16, 2011 at 12:26 am
(14) Ryan says:

I live in South county, and work in north county San Diego. Whatever this virus is it is nasty !! I Started feeling that groggy sick feeling saturday night. Then I woke up Sunday morning with a fever of 104. Brought it down but on Monday it was back up again. Currently (tuesday night) my fever is gone but I have a nasty cough, a runny nose, and a headache. 2 of my friends have also gotten sick within the last week.

February 16, 2011 at 1:51 am
(15) Diane says:

This has hit me for 3 weeks!!!

First mild flu symptoms.
Multiplied into body pain sweats and freezing body then into short term memory loss. Could not even remember that the doctor had taken blood from both arms. When I took off my sweater in the car I was surprised to see the balls of cotton and tape. Didnt remember for 8 more hours.
Dr gave me antibiotics – heavy duty 5 day course and I began to feel better and get my wits back.
went back to work and 3 days later before as I improved it hit me with a punch of stomach aches, headaches which increased to lose of bowel control very light colored liquid diareah, vomiting bubbles and plugged ears. Made the trip to hospital and was given an IV Ondansetro an anti diareah pill and got to eat ice chips while laying there for 3 hours with the IV needle in my arm.
Tonight feel a bit better but now my leg muscles and stomach area are in massive pain. I hope this flu isnt a 1 2 3 punch cause I am wore out. Oh yes I did get my flu shot….every year. Now my sweetie has started the symptoms. Diane

February 18, 2011 at 7:04 am
(16) mt says:

I woke on Wednesday morning feeling nauseous and weak, called in sick, and then threw up a lot of liquid within a few more minutes. I slept in half hour to hour chunks all day, except for when taking a couple of baths to relax the body aches. It probably helped with the fever which I didn’t think to check until that evening, when it was 102.5°. All I wanted was water Wednesday and Thursday, though my husband made me eat a little mild food which I’d rather not have had. My temp went down to 101.5° on Thursday, then to 101° later on.
Now, it’s Friday morning and I’m online trying to figure out whether or not to go to work. I still feel nauseated and want water. I’m not as dizzy or disoriented as I was, but still feel weak and like I’m not thinking or functioning very well. I would like to go back to sleep…which in itself is not normal for me.
Well, I checked, I’m down to 100°; that’s an improvement, but it looks like I’ll have to stay home again since I still have a fever.
I did have the flu shot.

February 18, 2011 at 8:00 am
(17) Jennifer says:

On Wednesday the 16 I started to get a dry cough and I sneezed a lot. Later that night, like a brick I was hit with a fever. All say Thursday my temp didn’t get Any lower than 102, early this morning (Friday) my temp got up to 105.2 and has now dropped to 104. My head hurts and my legs ache so bad I can barely walk. My ears are clogged and I have a more productive cough now. I either have the chills or have sweat dripping off me. Going to dr today to see if I have the flu, i did not Get a flu shot

February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am
(18) Stephanie J says:

I have been having a very dry, mild cough that started on Wednesday, the 16th. On Thursday, I had a bit of a worse cough, but I’m 17. I think I’m invincible :P just kidding. Today, I’m in my 3rd hour class and last period I almost vomited, but forced myself not to so I don’t get in trouble for running out of the room suddenly. I’m so dizzy I can barely walk from class to class, I have a horrible headache, it kind of feels like my head is in a tunnel, and I work at 5 til close at a local fast food. I think it’s time for the doctor. This article and peoples comments helped a lot to convince me to go home from school early.

February 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm
(19) AW says:

In northeast Ohio near Lake Erie….we had a warm up of temps on Thursday & Friday with temps in the 50′s. On Thursday, I started to experience a dry cough, nausea, and head congestion. I took a couple ibuprofen and started to feel better Friday. The temps have dropped down to high 20′s and now I feel worse again. Dry cough, tight, constricted throat, little appetite and now ache all over. It’s 11:30p and I just want this to go away so I can hit the gym again. Never felt like this and had flu shot as well this winter. Ugh. :-(

February 19, 2011 at 11:52 am
(20) Kevin says:

In Chicago area, flu started to set in Monday evening with severe sore throat, muscle aches, weakness and congestion. Been running slight fever 99.1-100.2, hoarse throat takes a lot of energy to speak and all symptoms now persisting for 5 days, feeling a little worse today with more congestion, hacking up more flem, awoke to eyes sealed shut. I typically let flu run its coarse without seeing doctor, but if it persists still on Monday I will make a Dr appointment. I hope this is not a flu that lasts a week or more

February 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm
(21) sam says:

yea its been 3 days i having fever, headache, shore throw , and even diarrhea , body ache nasal discharge seem to be like flu killing me and my home boy. i am from houston Tx…

February 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm
(22) mar says:

I’ve had flu like symptoms for 5 weeks now (I live in Pa). My doctor says I have h1n1, but he never formally tested me. It started with a sore throat, fever, cold, body aches. I felt awful and after 5 days of a fever of 101 I went to the doctors office. She prescribed me with antibiotics that gave me horrendous diarrhea. I ended up severely dehydrated in the ER, but the fluids they gave me finally broke my fever on the fifth day. I was still sleeping 15 hours plus, but thought I was on the road to recovery. On the 8th day, I came down with the worst nausea I have ever experienced. This lasted another 7 days. Once the nausea ended on day 15, my throat flared back up and I got white spots. Thinking I had strep, I went back to the doctors. She prescribed me antibiotics that gave me some energy back, but never took away the white spots. Now it is week 5, I still feel tired, and have white spots (that are viral mouth ulcers according to my doctor). The swelling in my lymph nodes has finally gone down this week though — they were swelled for the past 2 and a half weeks. Today, I am feeling super achy. This virus seems to be constantly evolving. I am only 31, and eat extremely healthy, exercise etc… It is a particularly bad flu year according to my doctor and recovery time is 4-6 weeks. I am hoping these aches don’t progress into another bout of illness.

February 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm
(23) Alan says:

Got the flu 2 weeks ago, started with Light-headedness, fever/chills the night of the flu, ache all over and headache the next day, fever subsided in the next few days, then coughing started for a few days. I was feeling better about 5 days after it started, then out of nowhere on the 10 day, chills/fever/headache started all over again, followed by sever dry cough for a day and stuffy nose for another with the loss of taste. I feel slightly better now but still have lingering chills/fever at night and stuffy nose. Still feeling weak. It’s been about 13 days the onset of the flu. I might go see a doc tomorrow if things don’t improve. I’m regretting not getting a flu shot.

February 23, 2011 at 7:38 am
(24) Andy says:

Live in the Northeast. Last Sunday morning felt a little strange. Ignored it. By Tuesday I knew I was coming down with something and it hit hard ! Body aches, fever around 99.3-101 depending on Tylenol intake. Chills, Sweats and nausea. By Fri went to Dr. and he verified that I had the flu and nothing to do but drink lots of fluids and get rest. By Sunday taste seems strange and nausea increasing. Feel like I have gas pockets trapped and they won’t come out. No diarrhea. Just that nauseous, gassy feeling. Taste in mouth is flat which adds to nausea. Today is Wed of the next week and working from home again. Guess I’m lucky I can do that. Have never been sick for this length of time. 8-10 days and counting now.Fever was gone a few days ago though so that makes it much easier to deal with.

February 23, 2011 at 10:46 am
(25) Jon says:

Why are your doctors prescribing antibiotics for viral infections? Are they incompetent? Don’t take antibiotics for theml; you are only contributing to making them ineffective. Why are you wondering whether you should go to work when you are so sick? Are you trying to spread the disease to coworkers?

February 24, 2011 at 1:28 am
(26) Paula Abbott says:

Houston- 13 year old son, threw up at school on Feb. 7th. Threw up for 12 days- but could keep liquid down. Not dehydrated. Lost 14 lbs. Took him to Dr. Twice. Especially worried when his legs and gut ached so much that he could not get off chair alone. Got all kind of meds, but all side effect was nausea-so we opted to NOT take the them. He missed two weeks of school. I made him go back on Tuesday of this week. He came out of school with tears in his eyes. He has a “Boost” for every meal, as that does not make him feel like he wants to throw up. We bought ginger candy at Chinese food store, and that seems to help too. Now he has told me he has a sore throat, and back pain. Dr. Did blood tests last friday and says it shows no infection. He is taking 40gm of previcid for next month. I have added acidophilius to try to get stomach back to normal. I think the “boost” has helped with nutrition. Tonight he complained of back pain- in his mid back. I am very worried about him. He is a strapping, tall, muscular healthy 13 year old. We are now on week 3. I think it was flu- as did dr, but was never formally tested.

February 24, 2011 at 10:19 am
(27) Val says:

31 yr old female / started with a scratchy throat (no sore throat) for about a day. Then the low grade fever and hacking cough. The coughing shook my whole body. On day 2 my fever spiked to 101.4 and it’s gone up and down with chills. Also, terrible body aches especially in my eyeballs (!), neck and back. It’s day 3 and I’m starting to feel a little better and less fatigued.

February 24, 2011 at 10:39 am
(28) Val says:

Another thing, I agree with “Jon” above… why are people being prescribed antibiotics?? If you have the flu, you have a virus. The best thing you can do is STAY HOME and ride it out (fluids, rest etc). There are no magic pills to pop, therefore no reason to even go to the Dr unless you have complications. And, by the way, I did not get a flu shot and don’t regret it at all. Many people who did get the shot also got the flu. I would rather get sick and have the natural immunity built up next time around. Hope everyone who is feeling sick gets better soon.

February 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(29) ashley says:

Im in denver… 2 of my co workers feel the same. Mine came with a slight dry cough yesterday with chills. Tossed and turned all night as it started to effect my sinuses. Finally bought nyquil at 230 am and got 4 hours of sleep. Had no appetite today just extremely tired and my whole body hurts. Been going in and out of sleep all afternoon and hopefully will feel better soon. Still have a fever and chills.

February 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm
(30) gardengirl says:

I started feeling bad on Sunday, Feb. 13th. Had a headache, sore throat and my spine hurt. Went to bed around 7:30 with a fever and chills. By Tuesday it went into terrible sinus congestion, tight chest and dry cough. Went to the doctor on Wednesday and was prescribed Zithromax because of possible onset of pneumonia. Fever broke on Thursday. One week later, I’m still trying to regain my stamina.

February 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm
(31) Mell says:

SOUTH-CENTRAL IOWA—Fri-Feb 18th Went to friends (Amish) to pick up some fresh eggs for my husband. They had a coughing daughter. Sat- Feb 19th. Evening- I was sitting in my chair and was feeling realy cold with severe chills, to the point I was shaking. I covered up with 4 blankets and I was still cold. I also had a cold nose and my hands were cold. I took my temp and low and behold I had a fever of 102.5! I was misserable. My fever didn’t want to come down much with Tyelonol, so I switched to Ibuphrophen and it worked faster and got the fever down to 100. My cough was raspy and I sounded like I was asmatic and I could feel my chest raspy. I stayed in bed for several days and only took in fluids. On Wed. 22nd in the morning my fever broke. For several days I sweat clear through my night clothing and sheets. I also slept as much as I could even with the bad cough laying elevated. On the 23rd my temp was finaly 98.6 but my cough was still the same. I called the clinic and they told me I needed to come in. She listened to my chest and told me I had bronchitus. She also asked me when the last time I had a Tetanus shot. She told me that I could have been exposed to “Whooping Cough”! so she gave me a script for Azithromycin (3 tablets. keeps on working days 4-10) and a Tetanus shot. Amish do not get their children vaccinated for any childhood diseases or flu viruses, and I can see both sides to the reasons.
One of my concerns is that I cannot have any flu shots or H1N1 shots because I’m allergic to eggs, so I have to be very carefull.
I have only one more pill to go!
My other concern is that ;” If I wasn’t exposed to whooping cough, (I had whooping cough as a kid before) what was it,.. another type of flu, with secondary infection of bronchitus? or is bronchitus the “aftermath” of this flu virus? Can anyone tell me? if they had the same outcome?

February 28, 2011 at 8:26 am
(32) Lauren says:

It sounds as if people are describing two different illnesses: flu or cold. People with no nasal congestion or symptoms probably have the flu. People with throat and chest congestion might have the flu. But you should call your doctor so they can run some tests, if necessary. You might have strep throat, which needs to be treated with antibiotics.

I am 27 years old in SW PA, and I have been experiencing a runny nose, sneezing, horrible sore throat, headache, extreme fatigue, and body soreness. It started two weeks ago with a sore throat, and finally escalated to chills and stomach irritation (upset stomach, lack of appetite, and lots of weird sounds) on 2/25. Fortunately, I’ve been feeling better every day since. The improvement was really suddent, while the onset of symptoms was slow. It was really odd.

February 28, 2011 at 9:57 am
(33) Emily. R says:

I’ve had way different symptoms. Friday, I was at school, I had a slight cough that morning, during my second period class, my head began to hurt, it throbbed. It stayed like this for a while, then I had severe pain in my stomach. It stayed like this until my last period class, where it began to move into my lower back, where it also felt like someone stabbing me. Then, I became light headed, dizzy, and fatigue. My headache had turned into a migraine, causing my neck to hurt. I’m still sick, my whole body hurts, I can barely walk, major loss of appetite, and I slept all day yesterday. I still feel awful. And I have a very bad cough.

February 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm
(34) Dawn says:

I am over 65 and have had my flu shots for many years. Also, finished a battle with cancer in 2009/10. I was shocked that I had gotten the flu. I ended up in the ER and was tested for flu…it was positive. My sinuses and lungs filled…I ran temps upward to 101.8 for several days. I am somewhat better after 13 days. Still have dry cough…hard to get a good nights sleep. My PCP has had the same flu and we were in ER’s the same weekend, different hospitals. He is of the opinion that the H1N1 evolved faster than the CDC thought it would.

March 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm
(35) Gman says:

I felt tired last week Friday and went out with my friends. Saturday I woke up with a stuffy nose and went to work. Sunday came around, I couldn’t get out of the bed. I had fever, body aches (especially back) and chills. I drank a lot of fluids and rested for the entire day Sunday. I pushed myself to go to work that afternoon. Monday I woke up feeling ok, then Monday night I went down hill again. Now it’s Tuesday and the body aches, fever and chills are back.. UGHHHH. I ‘m just going to continue to rest and drink plenty of fluids and taking over the counter drugs. Called off work tonight so I could make sure I get propert rest to get over this thing..

March 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm
(36) A says:

Just to comment on some above posts – antibiotics do not help flu but they help secondary conditions that are caused by the flu. When we have the flu and our bodies are weak and immune system low, a lot of times bacteria come in and attack our lungs, throat, or chest – however, antibiotics should not be prescribed until a secondary illness comes. Also, the flu does involve stuffy nose. As for “magic pills” – I used to agree, until my 2 boys both had the flu a few weeks ago. They were given Tamiflu and, I am not kidding, what a huge difference it made! It lessened the symptoms and shortened the duration. I was skeptikal and almost didn’t fill the script, but I do not regret it one bit, it made all the difference! They were sick only 4 days rather than the usual 7-10. They were formally tested and had Type B. We were told by the NP that the flu test checks for 3 different strands – H1N1, Type B, and Type C – we are in the Nashville area. Both boys had fever but the youngest was much higher, were both extremely tired, stuffy nose, headache, glassy eyed, body aches. I am on here now because my daughter didn’t get it from them and she has flu-like symptoms, only she doesn’t have fever. She has headache, body feels bruised but mostly in her back, stuffy nose, and is very tired. I wanted to check on swine flu symptoms, guess I will go have her checked out at doctor tomorrow, it will be her 3rd day of not feeling well.

March 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm
(37) Sharon says:

Our office of about 23 people have had a weird flu. It starts with fatigue, then terrible lower back pain that hinders walking, dry cough, and sore throat. The back pain is the worst and keeps you in bed for days.

March 5, 2011 at 9:40 am
(38) Brandon says:

Im in Phoenix AZ. Last week I got a tickle in my throat and a slightly stuffy headed feeling. It wasnt bad at all and I was able to function normally. About 3 days later, right before bed I felt like a truck hit me. I had the worst headache, my body ached all over, I was dizzy, heart racing, vomiting, sweating and my vision was impaired and blurry! This lasted for about 2 days then yesterday I started feeling better. Was able to take a shower and do some dishes. Now, today Im feeling awful again with back and leg pain, cold sweats and a hacking cough. Very weak. This is a terrible bug. Yes, I had a flu shot.

March 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(39) Audrey says:

i am having the same symptoms. i cant get out of bed. im really tired. my body is freezing. i have a bad headache. my back hurts. how can we get rid of this?

March 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm
(40) mark says:

My flu symptoms started approx. feb 2 with allot of sneezing and a bad sore. #rd day I cam down with a terrible fever which lasted about 2 days. I also had bad headache and sinus infection, Doctor gave me 10 days of amoxicilan which seemed to help but then after about two weeks fever came back and body aches and mucus from hell. Went back to the doc. and he gave me another 10 days of amoxicilan. Now its’s been 5 weeks and I am on my 3rd cycle of this flu…..again terrible body aches, fever of 103, and I am so fatigued I can’t get out of bed. I am now on a 3rd course of a different antibiotic. I am coughing up nasty huge chunks of yellowish green mucus. X-rays say I am neg for pnemonia and No strep. I am 50 and have been in excellent health all my life (ex-Marine). Starting to wonder if this flu is ever going to go away!

March 8, 2011 at 8:48 am
(41) flu boi says:

Massachusetts, here.

On Sunday afternoon, lots of sneezing & nose-blowing, fatigued. Was miserable.

By Sunday night, I was 20 times more miserable. Bad constant headaches, dizziness, fever & chills, bit of nausea, loss of appetite, body aches, fatigue, stuffy nose, plugged ears.

Been sleeping a lot lately, though I do wake up too many times during the night.

Tuesday morning now, geting a little better, but not much. Not been going to work. Apparently this has been going through my office recently.

Lots of rest & liquids, migraine pills, sinus rinse (squeeze bottle), and Biaxin (antibiotic for a sinus infection that I believe is now finally gone, though difficult to tell with this flu).

Yes, got a flu shot back in late October.

This is a tough one! Definitely not an average cold, figured it was the flu by Sunday night… which is why I came here to see if my symptoms matched up with others. And they do!

Good luck to all….

March 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm
(42) Maureen says:

Live in northeast PA and did not have the flu shot. I am also a nurse. I have not been so sick in years and I am sure this is the “swine” flu. I have had the flu before like most people, but this one is totally different. It is nasty! Been sick of and on for 3-4 weeks with stomach pains and fatigue. About 2 weeks ago I had an unusual sore throat, extremely painful, and it also felt like I was being choked hard. Painful to swallow, almost feels like there are blisters that go way down the back of the throat. Def not strep. The soreness in the throat gets really extremely painful on one side, then the other, then the middle. It’s weird. Then had 3 days of the worst stomach pain in the middle of my abdomen I have ever had. I couldn’t move for 15 minutes at a time! I felt like I should being making trips to the rest room for relief, but no such luck. It just stayed there ripping my gut up and when I did “go” it was as if my intestinal lining was shedding. Fever 100-101 degrees off and on. Sweat attacks, think I’m “turning the corner”, then bam! Fatigue all over again and a new round of throat agony. Then after 3 weeks from the start, severe sinus congestion, clogged ears, watery eyes, mostly dry cough, but PAINFUL to cough. This is an ugly bug, and imo, it did not occur “naturally” through “mutation”. NO WAY!

March 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm
(43) Greg says:

Been sick for day 9 looks like I have what everyone else has. Hit quickly nausea and dizziness all the sudden. Yes burn and very weak with aches in knees and body. Stomach was very upset thought it would last 7 days but feels like it is traveling around my body. Super fatigued comes and goes. Very weird one no high temp now dry cough and headache. Feels like you’re getting better then bam body aches again. This sucks hope to be well soon hate feeling this way. Good luck!

March 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm
(44) James says:

It definitely came on like a freight train! I was walking around the afternoon of the 8th (I live in NYC) and thought I was having a coffee crash. I got home early evening to take a shower to go out with friends, was drying off and started shivering so badly I had to put on my warmest clothes and get under my comforter, blankets etc. Have had wildly fluctuating temperatures despite taking Motrin at regularly timed intervals. Profound body ache and very nasty but very productive coughing (lot’s of phlegm coming up) but NO sore throat! Though my chest does ache pretty badly. No appetite and lots of clear diarrhea. Have not been comforted by most posts stating the length of their illness! arrgghh, can’t wait till this over!

March 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(45) Randy says:

Had the flu for 2 weeks now :( . For the first week I had severe congestion and a really bad sore throat. I had a lot of trouble drinking fluids, but little problem eating. I also had a minor fever. This week the congestion and the sore throat has become a tickle. Today decided to go see a doctor and he decided to give a blood test. I am a little disconcerted.

March 19, 2011 at 12:27 am
(46) Karen says:

Had fever chills, phlegm, body aches headache, vomiting 1st day, the trots 3 days, total 4 days of flu, another two days of tiredness to recover. March 10th onset. Husband just had body aches for three days. Just saw a funeral card for 24 year old female who died the 15th from the flu…or complications there of. She was healthy, such a tragic time for that family. It isn’t always the very young and very old that die. Makes me grateful to be alive and survived this flu. In the schools 50-60 out at once. March hasn’t been kind to southern Iowa this year.

March 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm
(47) helen says:

Two and a half weeks ago I had horrible coughing and fever, then after about a week it went away. Now it’s been back for 3 days, only much worse. My back, knees, elbows and wrists hurts, I am dizzy, have 102 in fever, experience head aches and general discomfort all over my body. I can’t sleep at night because I’m unable to be active during the day. Nyquil and couch syrup help, but I can’t wait for this to be over. The only thing I do not have is a runny nose. Get better everyone, next year I’m taking the vaccine.

March 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm
(48) Tracie says:

I have had the flu three times already now this is the fourth. Each time I’ve had it, it lasted two to three weeks, I have an upset stomach, dizzy lightheaded, can’t get up out bed. I need a cure!

March 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm
(49) Randy says:

Feeling better now, but I am still getting these occasional spikes in fever that last for awhile and go away. This morning I drank 2 cups of tea after taking a shower and my temp was 101 cel. Not sure if this was related, but kind of makes sense. No other symptoms except for minor diarrhea.

March 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm
(50) van.johnson14 says:

i’m starting to feel like i have the flu, im tired as all can be. but i can’t slee, due to the very sharps pains in my back. i can honestly say, i”ve never had the flu, so i have a feeling, this is gonna knock me on my a$$! my headache id HORRIABLE.! it feels like a balloon inflating in my head, also making my neck feel weakk. no fever yett, crossing my fingers. does anyone know any good medicin for this? i have no insurance right now,and need something!

March 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(51) eram says:

How does the author know “there is actually still a good deal of Swine Flu going around” when, in July of 2009, CDC advised states to stop testing for H1N1 flu, and the CDC stopped counting individual cases. Many doctors never actually TESTED for H1N1 anyway, and investigations showed cases of swine flu were vastly overestimated. Spare me the fear mongering.

March 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm
(52) coldflu says:

Actually, my information came from the CDC itself. Although they do not require every case of the flu to be tested, they do still keep track of cases and determine what strains are causing illness throughout the country. If you want to see the latest numbers they have reported, you can visit their site.
I have no intention of spreading fear or misinformation. I am simply reporting the facts. There is still H1N1 going around in the US and around the world, although it is no longer the dominant strain of influenza like it was during the pandemic.

March 28, 2011 at 2:27 am
(53) Carri says:

I think I’m going on my third week of some kind of super cold that’s very similar to the swine flu I had last year. I’m in Southern PA. They had a bad outbreak of this virus at a nursing home not far from here recently, and now it’s in my apartment building. More than half our building is deathly ill with this thing. I had swine flu last year and this rivals it in symptoms. But it’s like a super cold. I’ve had tons of nose blowing and coughing and vomiting, fever, dizziness, weakness. It keeps clogging my ears and giving me severe coughing fits. It’s no ordinary cold, it’s like swine flu junior. I haven’t been this sick since the swine flu. I’m praying it will go away, but I’ve been up tonight coughing again, severely. It’s completely knocked me down, I can’t function at all.

March 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm
(54) Lori says:

Been having cold and flu symptoms for last 6 to 8 weeks. Started out like a cold, sore throat then stuffed nose, never resolved itself. Then started to get congested and coughing, turned out I had bronchitis in both lungs, have taken three antibiotics, with some relief. Chest is feeling better, but still had dizziness. Last night started having chills and terrible achy feeling in back. I can’t take much more of this…

March 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(55) Jeanne says:

Have been sick off and on for the past month, get one thing, and then another. Well, this last week has been the worst. First the scratchy throat, then sore, sore throat, hardly able to swallow, then coughing, mostly dry cough, but sometimes huge phlem, aching- bad for 8 hrs. one night, just wanted to die, sweating, dizzy, constant headache. The throat thing never goes away, I am on day 7 this time, and I feel a spec better. My husband is on 2 weeks with the same stuff and still miserable. This is the worst we’ve had in afew years. Both of us did get the flu shot. Not a good spring in the U.P. of Mich.

March 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm
(56) Brandy says:

I’m not exactly sure what I have – but whatever it is, is exactly what’s been going around all over here in the Milwaukee, WI area. I started getting a stuffy nose Saturday (03/26) afternoon, which stayed at bay for about a day. By Sunday, I was getting very congested, nauseous, and had aches, chills, head pain, and a very low-grade fever, but could still function and eat. By Monday, I was miserable and had what I believed was a full-on cold. My sinuses are so congested, I am using Menthaladum around the clock with almost no relief. What I can get out of my nose had started off yellowish-tinged with some blood, but had gradually gotten lighter until it returned to clear today, Wednesday (03/30). I am the sickest ever though, going on day 5 and I seem to be getting WORSE! I have so unbelievably congested I can barely think, feel hot and then cold, my joints ache, and my head and sinuses have some pressure to them. I’ve also been having slight, on and off stomach aches but my appetite is present as ever. My eyes are red, swollen, blood-shot, and are burning and tearing so bad that I can barely see. I sure hope that whatever this is starts to subside soon because I am going crazy!! I have a 14-month old to take care of and I’m sure he misses me since I’m in confinement so he doesn’t catch this!! :(

April 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm
(57) Tom says:

I’ve never had a bug like this before. The Monday before last, I woke with a horribly sore throat and enough sinus congestion to disorient me. The sore throat went away almost immediately, but the sinus headache was bad enough to force me to call in sick half the week (it takes quite a virus to make me call in sick). This past Wednesday, 9 days after the initial symptoms, I felt pretty close to normal. Just a sniffle here and there. Then this morning, Friday, I woke up with a sore throat worst than the first, with a huge increase in sinus pressure.

And that’s the weird part. I’ve never had a virus hit me like a wall again, 11 days after the first time. This entire time I’ve had achey joints, slight chills, and a general inability to sleep well.

I’m in Western PA, and quite a few people have caught this. Exact same symptoms… hits with a sore throat, goes away, and then hits again.

April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm
(58) Someone says:

I am from MI, and started having symptoms on March 12. No congestion but body, joint pains all over. Some fever, all enough to make me stay in bed for 2 days. At day 3 felt almost normal. The next morning I woke up SICK again. Same symptoms. Lasted for another few days, than felt normal again but my husband got it. In 2 days i got sick again. It has been 4.5 weeks in total. The third time it hit me I got the congestion-so bad I am dizzy. Day 4 I had to go to ER. 3L fluids later I came back home weak and sleepy. I slept for the past 2 days. Today….i am weak, I get numbness in arms and legs from time to time. Congestion is better but pain seems to be coming back. This is the nastiest bug I have gotten in ears. I cannot sake it.
4.5 weeks and counting. I need my strength back.
No flu shot this year-stupid me!
Hope you all get better soon.

April 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(59) Patrick says:

@ mar

Wow the same symptoms
Your son is so young too Paula
My legs were and still are feeling shot
They were really heavy
I thought it might be thombosis from lying around but now I know it’s just a flu symptoms and believe me the doctors are as confused and Ill prepared as we are.
I noticed a real bad eye infection on febuary 10 th thinking it was related to me spraying Lysol cleaner but now I’m thinking it was the Start of this nasty mother of all flus!
Then I felt a tightening of my throat on den 18
Now it’s April 8th and while my lymph nodes in my neck have improved they ate still not better and my neck actually hurts now as I have been rubbing my neck glands to help remove the mucus!
So I’m going on 50 days of this marathon nightmarish flu. Who knows maybe I have swine flu!
I felt like overdosing a few times on painkillers I felt so miserable and the er docs were useless and I was calling the ambulance drivers every night!
I’m taking clotimazole troch lozengers!
They said I have candida! That’s what I have between my legs. A really severe case of candida. Even on the top of my dick! I was put on antibiotics for one week 10 days after suffering. I even had a endoscopy done at a gi doc who found polyps but didn’t fix my throat
I was

April 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm
(60) Patrick says:

@mar. @Paula. I have the very same symptoms
We are definitely In a pandemic sort of situation right now and it’s quite scary to think that this could get worse this year and annually in the future. I have been severely sick since feb 11th
Skin rash on arm and between leg
Reasembling candida
And also in mouth
White spots which I was put on diflucan and anantibiotics and refused admission to hospitals and refused an iv. I’ve been to lots of emergency rooms and the staff treat me with indifference
This suxx. I’ve even contemplated overdosing just to escape the misery of a mainly tight throat. How long will this last? Our hospitals are totally unprepared and rather callous towards people like me who have these really scary symptoms for so long!
I hope you Mar are better. Unlike me
And I hope your son is not still suffering Paula

April 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(61) Linda says:

From Chicago:
Had flu shot and I have the symptoms folks mention. From 102fever, chills, aches, headache, intestinal upset (in a card shop, begged to use their toilet). It’s the head and aches all over that really get me. So much for flu shots…

April 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm
(62) Nanster says:

Three weeks ago I had three major loses in a row, including a death. Woke up the next morning feeling like I had hit a wall doing 90– without the car. We drove six hours home that night, back to Montreal, and by the next day I could hardly get out of bed. Since then there has been an incessant dry hacking cough, only one day of fever, no sore throat, no nausea, and one night and day in the hospital for fluids and to make sure nothing more serious was going on. The main symptoms are the cough, exhaustion, and an almost total inability to walk. I walk like I am 100. Often the pain is so bad my husband has to walk ahead of me so I can hold onto his shoulders to move my legs at all. It is like walking on knives. I can’t even roll them over in bed. The only things that have helped are Ibprofin, Robitussen for the cough and rest and fluids. It is encouraging to read the other entries… what a journey.

April 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm
(63) Mary says:

My son, 26, has had much of the same symptoms everyone is describing here and still has stuffed head and cough after a good month. I told him to take Swedish Bitters, an herbal mixture the Europeans have used for hundreds of years, very effective against congestion and builds immune system. Also, get the herb book by Maria Treben…go to vitacost and pronatura(google). Best prices. We need to start fighting these bugs on our own with the help of herbs, etc.all around us. God bless you all.

April 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm
(64) Jessica says:

I live in NE California. The past month I’ve felt a little under the weather with things like a sore throat one weekend, several days of random vision blurriness, some GI irregularity, and general tiredness.
Nine days ago I noticed a distinct onset of extreme tiredness and mental fogginess, which continues and is very frustrating. A day later I had aches & chills, the next day very runny nose & pressure in my sinuses. That progressed into a low grade head cold- sinus infection & sore throat for a couple days, which went away fairly quickly perhaps by doing sinus rinses. For the last 5 days my chief complaint is a heavy feeling in my chest, like a cat is on it, but my lungs are dry, and I’m not really producing anything. I get tired trying to do simple things like getting a bowl of soup. Generally don’t have much appetite, but occasionally get hungry. I don’t have any “grand” icky sick symptoms and almost think I should be fine, but normally I’m mentally very sharp and I’m also very active. Lately I have no interest outdoor activities or exercise and I just want to sleep.
I went to a doctor today that said it was probably a cold, but I seem pretty well. My mom is worried I might have walking pneumonia. Don’t know what to think. I think I’ll go back to sleep.

April 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(65) Ken says:

I live in NE Ohio, and I did have a flu shot in November. However, about 5 weeks ago I started coughing and have not stopped. The drainage and tickle in my throat irritate me all day long and is simply not going away. I finished one course of anitbiotics about 3 weeks ago.
I was seriously vomiting one morning about two weeks ago but this may have been from too much cough medicine taken during the night. Then a week ago I came down with a sore throat which evolved into more classical cold symptoms. I have been kept up many nights coughing and missed 4 days of work. Going on 5-6 weeks now and no sign of improving. My abs are sore from coughing and I can’t remember what it was like to talk or take a deep breath without having to fight that constant urge to cough. suxx!

April 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(66) pete says:

Unusual symptoms, on my third day now. Severe body aches and tiredness came on pretty suddenly. Also mild pain when beginning urination. First night had to get up from bed maybe 20 times to urinate. Mild eye pain very mild dry cough that causes moderate head pain. No vomiting completely normal bowel movements. No fever. No congestion or runny nose.

April 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm
(67) Jennifer says:

Yesterday early morning around 2am i woke up feeling like a was having a panic attack, shortly after a threw up many times. went to the hospital once again. This has been the 3rd time in 3 months that I had this “flu” I am otherwise a healthy 23 year old women. This flu is like no other. I have blacked out each time, yesterday i was hooked up to an IV and had no control over my bowels. Cant eat today but feel much better then yesterday. The hospital really isnt any help here. They tend to guess on what I have. this time they tell me it was gastro. But no one around me has caught it any of the three times i have had it in the last 2 months, anyone out there have the same issue? Im freaking out.

April 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm
(68) tommy says:

this is one bad bug, something isnt right about it all eiither. been through all the symptoms listed already but my main concern is the fogginess in my head that will not go away. Cough is gone, aches are pretty much gone with only slight occasional pains in the mid back and lower back areas. this fogginess in my head is worrying me tremendously.
god, hope we arent part of some big medical screw up..never seen a flu like this one before.


April 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(69) Kaye says:

On my 5th day of this nightmare illness. Tuesday night I was just exhausted and woke in the middle of the night with that achy feeling. Had a 102.5 temperature Wednesday morning that i could never get below 101. By that evening it was 103.8. Horrible headache, liquid vomit for 2 days followed by horrible dry heaves. Husband finally drug me to the doctor on Friday who tested for flu type A and B, strep and did routine blood work and urninalysis. But did not test for H1N1. Diagnosis was UTI, but I really did not have any of the symptoms for that but started on Cipro. Still feel like I got hit by a truck, so tired and weak with no appetite and really don’t want to drink much either. Hope this ends soon.

April 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm
(70) Joanne says:

Well I got the stomach flu in January, my youngest son caught RSV in February and I had a cold for two weeks that month, my husband got sick in March and still has a cough and now my toddler son has been sick with diarrhea for five days now. What on earth is going on?? We wash our hands, I disinfect. My word. I’m starting to think it’s my house to blame!

April 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm
(71) Chris - Montana says:

I give up! This is the 3rd time I’ve been struck by this nasty bug since December! Comes on fast, uncontrollable sneezing and runny nose. Aches and fatigue. I feel better for a while and then it comes back. The second time I had it was when I had bad back pain. The third time began last night with 8 hours of near constant sneezing (my tummy muscles hurt!). My sister insists this is H1N1. I don’t know. I have never been this sick from a cold or flu and normally I hardly ever get sick. This is a real bummer.

April 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm
(72) Marilyn Dill says:

Husband and I are in Florida for 4 mos. and leaving for points north in 2 days. Thought I came up with an allergy but it blew into a full-force problem..in bed, achy, sleepy, no appetite, runny nose, cough, etc, NOW he has it too! (Yes, I did the flu shot).Cannot even stand to look out at the bright sunlight on the beach!!! Maybe next year we will avoid that little devil!!

April 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm
(73) Heidi says:

Had a severe sore throat for 1 1/2 weeks, fever of 100 for week, slept 12 hrs, 2 nights straight, and had persistent cough (still going) for 3 weeks.

April 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm
(74) Brenda says:

OMG the flu has hit our family really bad but I am the one that can’t get rid of it. I am trying to stay dehydrated but then usually throw it up. I have constant diarrhea. Very watery. My whole body aches. I can’t stand it anymore. I am exhausted but can’t get any sleep at night because I am sore with body aches. I am thinking I should go to the doctor but I don’t have energy for that either. I don’t trust that I can drive. I have been doing jello but that goes right through or comes back up. How long is this going to go on? I feel terrible. But I see I am not alone. In Michigan and feel like I am dying.

April 29, 2011 at 1:45 am
(75) Pat says:

Hey Brenda
I have this bacterial infection Going on 2’1/2
It’s suxx
My advice would be lots of yogurts
And get leaviquin. It’s. An antibacterial antibiotic
This is one nasty flu season

April 29, 2011 at 2:03 am
(76) Patrick says:

Hey everyone
I think I know what’s causing all this pain and ssuffering
Mainly it’s a bacterial infection which is resistant to penicillin
I have been to 5 different ent docs
I have had an endoscopy from a top gi doc here in NYC
I have been to a top ent doc who is world famous
And I have this infection and after 2 months
I had 4 tests
Cat scan for throat, chest and sinus cavity
Polyps in nose
A cyst in my salivary gland
A raging Infection in my sinus which leaked down into my lymph nodes and which had stayed there since febuary
I had the swab test and it finally says
Bacterial infection
I suspect that we are In a pandemic
stage of this bacterial infection
And it’s crazy how little the doctors can do to help us. The flu shot won’t protect against this infection
Only the cipro class of antibiotics will help to get rid of this
Leaveqin is also in this class of drugs
Good luck to everyone

April 30, 2011 at 4:52 am
(77) Everyone coughing??? says:

Sorry to break the news to everyone but yes these flu like symptoms are spreading threw out the west coast. I live in central California and it seems that about 50-70% of the people have had these symptoms in the last months. And most people say it reoccurs or they seem not able to shake it. Doctors don’t know what’s wrong so their just prescribing antibiotics or allergy medications. and again most people are saying it’s not working. It’s some kind of virus or fungus is what i think. Read April 2011 men’s health, they did i great article about this phenomenon called “Something in the air” . I am also not ruling out biological warfare, and again sorry to break the news to people but wake-up, something is very wrong, I can feel it and most people can feel it too, but know one is brave enough to explore a very real possibility.

May 5, 2011 at 1:03 am
(78) theright?'s says:

As one of our leaders said “Trust,but verify.”
Has are beloved country ever exposed it’s citizens to viruses or chemicals on purpose? Do you all ever wonder how they know what strain of virus will be next so they can make up vaccine ahead of time?
Is it possible chem-trails aren’t what we think they are, could they be experimenting by spraying genetically altered bioweapon viruses/bacteria to measure results on the general population?
Do the informed expendable bio-guinea pigs have any hope or power to determine their fate?

May 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm
(79) Betty says:

Buffalo,NY- for me it started on Monday night with the worst chills I’ve ever had- I always know I’m getting the flu cuz I get really achy legs also. Ran a fever of around 100 for a day Had a dry cough that is now productive and hacking. sneezing occasionally and an alternating runny/stuffy nose. I’m feeling much better just hoping this cough doesn’t linger! Some people in my area have had this flu last for weeks. There’s definitely something creepy going on in the world!

May 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm
(80) Nate says:

Mine started Tuesday evening. All of the sudden I was as weak as water. Then I started a fever around 102 then the next day it was 103 and I started taking Ibuprofren. The 3rd day I was still achey but low grade fever in the morning. Thought I was getting better. But, that evening I ended up with a fever of 104. Got the fever down by tylenol and lukewarm sponge bath not COLD. Cold water contracts our pores and wont let the heat out. 4th day, I am still very achey in my lower back, neck, hips, and head, it is also sore down in my throat but not like strep. This is a super bug! No vomiting, diahreah or coughing. Praying that God will heal me.

May 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm
(81) Therese says:

I live in So. CA. In Feb. I had what I thought was a cold, which 4 me usually becomes Bronchitis. I took Augmentin & felt better. Then I got coughing that wouldn’t quit. I’d wake up coughing, every few minutes all night long. I had other cold/flu-like symptoms: slight sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, fever, but coughing was the worst. It slowly tapered off taking an entire month. I was mentally kicking myself 4 not getting a flu shot. By Mar. I was thankfully back to feeling great. Then, Apr. 29, I went to an outdoor festival. Going home I felt a tiny sore throat. By Sat. I was sniffling & sneezing. We’ve had a lot of wind & pollen, so I thought a hay fever attack. By May 3rd. I was again waking up coughing to breathe. I had post-nasal drip. On line I learned about the Neti Pot & bought one. It relieved my sinuses, but I still was sneezing and coughing. On May 4th. I coughed so much that I threw up. Even worse, I found blood in my mucous. I took my temp & found I had a fever in the 99′s. My nose was clear, but every time I lay down, the mucous in my lungs made me cough so much I needed to sit up to breathe. I was really tired. I couldn’t believe that I was getting the Feb. illness all over again…like where was my immunity?
Bad luck, my doctor doesn’t work Thurs., so I made an appt. 4 early Fri. All day Thurs., I drank liquids, inhaled steam, & slept-sitting up. I wasn’t hungry, but forced myself to eat soup & drink hot tea w/honey. No point getting dehydrated. When I didn’t eat, my headache got worse. My temp was now in the 100′s. Then last night, for the first time in 3 days, I was able to sleep w/out coughing spells waking me choking. I slept-9 hours. When my alarm went off, I was so tired, that getting dressed, & driving to my appt. seemed like climbing Mt. Everest. I reset my alarm & went back to sleep. When I awoke, I found my temp was normal! I am still coughing & have slightly brown mucous. This is the worst flu I can remember in my long lifetime!

May 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm
(82) Alina Petrenko says:

I’ve been experiencing aches, coughing,runny nose, a head ache, but no fever.. I got a sore throat this morning and I still have it. I don’t quite know if i have strep throat or something.

May 7, 2011 at 3:01 am
(83) theright?'s says:

Seasonal flu’s we are told by learned Phd’s,come in the form of viruses,right?
Vaccines are given to the masses to help the body create antibodies to prepare to fight the offending virus prior to its invasion of the body,correct?
Doctors give antibiotics to patients to prepare for battle against potential secondary bacterial infections,true?
After reading the symptoms of those above it seems to me most of their doctors imply their lack of how to deal with this major illness.Howevever some have expressed that this appears to be a drug resistant type bacteria causing this large scale outbreak,not a virus,right?
It is very nice to have a forum to share our Flu Symptoms,for with it we might utilize this valuble information with those that are in positions of usable knowledge and corporate power connections to glean a solution to this immediate dilemma.Let us do more than share our aches & pains for statistical purposes only.Please,inform all of your friends about this site so they can share concerns or ideas which might bring a positve results to the demise of this annoying illness.

May 10, 2011 at 11:31 am
(84) Michelle says:

Woke up yesterday morning at 4:00 a.m. with painful sore throat. As day went on started having body aches, chills and fever of 101 deg., headache and some runny nose. Lower temp today but still have headache, sore throat and body aches. think it’s the flu but how long does flu usually last?

May 11, 2011 at 11:57 am
(85) CL in Ohio says:

I am SO GLAD to find these comments! It is now May 11 and I came down with similar symptoms about 6-8 weeks ago which have hung on. I’m just now feeling some better. I live in southwestern Ohio but travel a lot to central Ohio. Like many others on this post, I went to the ER and was given IV fluids and Zofran for nausea, but no real diagnosis. I am a Pastor and an R.N. who is usually very energetic and reasonably healthy, but this hit me so hard that often I could not get out of bed for days at a time. The symptoms of severe aching, chills, foggy thinking, vision problems, and constant G.I. upset have all been unlike anything I have ever had. Until I found these comments, I was beginning to wonder if I had some life-threatening disease because I’ve been so terribly ill! MANY THANKS to all of you who have shared your stories! I am sending up prayer for all of you. Don’t lose courage. Deuteronomy 31:8!

May 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(86) Brian says:

All my family got this flu. It started two weeks ago with my daughter, then about 8 days later, my son, me, and my wife all got it. We all got a lot of coughing but only my son and I feel cold and weak. We are still fighting it. For the infection, my daughter’s doctor and my doctor both gave us Azithromycin, instead of the more common one, Amoxicillin. Why? Is there a drug-resistant bacteria going around?

May 13, 2011 at 6:27 am
(87) D Carney says:

I am a 56 yr. old women, I live in Canada.About 10 days ago I had just gotten over a bad head cold, a couple days later I got the chills,nausea, started again.I began to experience swelling in my feet, ankles, up my lower legs, than a couple days later swelling of the lower abdominal area, bladder ect. and my hands.Three days ago my tongue also swelled and enough I could not talk, or swallow well, and than swelling around the eyes.Excessive thirst, I have not had a flu shot, had a blood test kidneys are fuctioning okay, not diabetic, do not take any asa, or anti-inflammatories, allergic to these drugs. But tried an anti-histamine, did nothing for the swelling, the pain is excruiating, to even move, doctor said it could be a viral infection, has anyone experienced these symptoms, and how long it can last?

May 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm
(88) wendy says:

I am in Illinois—this bug is terrible…I have had it off & on for the last 6 months. The first few times weren’t nearly as bad as the last 2. Terrible sore throat, endless coughing…I have been to DOC twice. They said I have bronchitis.. I have been given, 2 Z-packs(I too wonder about this for a virus?), 2 inhalers and prednisone. Today, my throat hurts again. The Doc said the whole back of my throat was bruised from coughing. My daughter has had it twice as well, she was tested for Strep-Negative, Negative for UTI, bad aches, pains, diarreah, I vomited from coughing so many times. My bladder is not helping when I cough. I had a Flu shot in late December. I asked if I could have whooping cough. They didn’t run test. I had BC and they want a chest e-ray…just in case. What is this? I am literally scared. I thought I was dying. Anyone else sick to death of cough drops, cold meds, etc??? Nothing helps. It seems like H1N1, because of the way it comes back even worse than before.

May 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(89) wendy says:

I am in Illinois, 51 years old—this bug is terrible…I have had it off & on for the last 6 months. The first few times weren’t nearly as bad as the last 2. Terrible sore throat, endless coughing..Swollen sore tongue, lymph nodes, headache, nausea, thirsty, SEVERE pain in back of throat, like in tongue muscle….Daily low grade fever..Sweating and chills..I have been to DOC twice. They said I have bronchitis.. I have been given, 2 Z-packs(I too wonder about this for a virus?), 2 inhalers and prednisone. Today, my throat hurts again. The Doc said the whole back of my throat was bruised from coughing. My 18 year old daughter has had it twice as well, she was tested for Strep-Negative, Negative for UTI, bad aches, pains, diarreah, I vomited from coughing so many times. My bladder is not helping when I cough. I had a Flu shot in late December. I asked if I could have whooping cough. They didn’t run test. I had BC and they want a chest e-ray…just in case. What is this? I am literally scared. I thought I was dying. Anyone else sick to death of cough drops, cold meds, etc??? Nothing helps. It seems like H1N1, because of the way it comes back even worse than before.

May 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm
(90) Allison says:

Im in the middle part of NC and my symptoms hit me randomly yesterday (5/16/11) and have kept me in bed all day today. No appetite, aches, weak, no fever, but I do experience aches and occasional sweats. I was vaccinated in march or April. Can’t exactly remember!

May 19, 2011 at 11:06 am
(91) Angela says:

This, whatever this is…has been horrible! My entire family had the flu when we were in Florida in January. It went through the entire house in a matter of days…awful stuff. My husband never recovered from the cough part of it, which only he had. He had two different prescriptions over the past couple of months then had asthma inhalers to see if that would work. He seemed to recover about 3 weeks ago only to come down with the most incredibly nasty bug about 4 days ago. Our 3 year old daughter was so sick last week that we ended up in the ER worried that she was dehyrated because she couldn’t keep down anything and had awful diahrea. My husband has been on the toilet every hour and cannot keep anything in. Along with that, two days ago began the worst gas…and smelly that he has ever had. He was beginning to worry that all of this was something worse because he has never been sick like this. He works out, eats healthy, and is overally in good shape. Today, now I have started feeling poorly and almost vomited an hour ago. I DO NOT want to get whatever this is. My mom and her husband who live in New York City just got over this as well as my mother in law who lives an hour away. We haven’t seen any of these people recently so it’s very strange that all across the country people would have these symptoms. This is isn’t right…and why aren’t we hearing about this on the news. To know that so many are affected and to only see something online is unusual. I am hoping that my 2 year old doesn’t get sick again….this is just awful. I hope that it truly is a random virus that will go away but it just seems like something isn’t right…there’s too many people getting it from all around the country!

May 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm
(92) Tori says:

Started Friday at school were I puked 7times and decided to finally go home,it started out with vomitting and dizziness.when Igot home I puked proly around 10-15 times and I’ve never felt. this bad in my life and saturday morning still vomitting but have a sore throt,chest pain headache,ear pain,

June 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm
(93) Tisha says:

We are visiting our California home from our Little Rock home. Third week of visit, we notice what we thought were slight allergies, then it hit like a freight train. Searing headache, general fogginess, we slept IN OUR CLOTHES. Then the chills, continued headache, fever, diarrhea (pale mustard color) no matter what you tried to eat or drink. Horrible stomach cramps, awful nausea. In sort we slept for 3-4 days unable to eat or drink. The toilet never saw so much activity. This is day 5 and we are feeling well enough to walk around and drink and cup of coffee. Looking forward to heading back to Arkansas, the tornadoes are more pleasant than this cootie. My 2 year old granddaughter had this too but vomited and diarrhea…about a week or so long.

June 7, 2011 at 5:37 am
(94) Sunshine says:

This is in regards to Wendy in IL (88 & 89). I am also in IL and have been experiencing the same thing as yourself. This has been going on for over a month now. This has to be a new strain of a virus. I am in the south suburbs of Chicago. I was put on Biaxtin? and felt better… then one week later, my sore throat came back and now they want me to go on doxycycline. I have NEVER had such a cold/virus or whatever you want to call it…. it is scary because we should be well by now.

June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm
(95) Denise says:

My husband got a flu shot and he caught this awful bug. I, too, am now sick with it along with several other family members. I don’t think it is too far fetched to believe something is happening to people in this country and the truth of all this would probably shock us all. My husband felt like he was dying Sunday, my 25 yr. old son had a high fever–above 102degrees. I have 10 children who are mostly grown, but through the years of raising them, I have never seen anything like this. We have a combination of all the symptoms that others have complained about. The most unusual part of this illness is the off again on again nature of it’s course. Just when we think we are getting better, we get slammed again with symptoms that are more severe. We haven’t even bothered with doctors or hospitals for any of this. My experience has been that we spend a lot of money and time chasing after answers that allude most doctors and many who practice medicine are afraid to admit they just don’t know. Taking pointless antibiotics only aggravates the problem. My family has overall been pretty healthy and I think I can attribute a lot of that to being frugal when it comes to the use of antibiotics. If you can avoid them, do it!! I hope this will be of use to someone who is trying to find answers to the mysterious bug that is making so many sick, and good luck to all of you who are looking for help.

June 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm
(96) AJ says:

South of Miami FL: Tuesday evening right nose began running like a hose during energetic cleaning of my house (thought I got pine sol in tip of nostril or something). I had been feeling great- Within hours complete energy drain, thinking alone about getting vertical or walking to bathroom was exhausting…the act of walking resulted in chills, extreme body aches, and frequent urination throughout the entire night. Temps never more than 99 despite extreme fever feelings, hot and cold spells. Nyquil desperation resulted in about two hours sleep, awakened to severe syncs pressure above eyes, very sore throat and drainage obviously in upper respiratory areas with much need to clear throat and (sorry) spit film. Much nausea as day progressed, and within next day stomach cramp or mild mild mild cramp like discomfort. Entire body MUSCLE soreness, especially shoulder blades or back. Took five days to feel able to go outside or stand for periods of time. Onset was FAST, never lost appetite and self treated with loads of drinking water and Gatorade with normal meals somewhat forced

June 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm
(97) AJ says:

The same symptoms made the Miami news as a 13 year old child DIED within hours of symptoms identical to mine.
Hospitals guess is meningitis being investigated in his case. Please take children to the ER very early…the kid was cheering on a NBA team at home one hour and in the ER by late that night, gone next day.

June 14, 2011 at 6:22 am
(98) los angeles resident says:

I developed symptoms on Sunday which started with throwing up. I then went on to spend the day in bed, and ended up in bed for a period of six days. During that time I experienced achy bones, hot and cold sweats, fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose and eye, a bit of gas, and SEVERE fatigue. I did not have diarrhea and I was still able to eat. Most of my symptoms have subsided about nine days later, however I am still feeling a bit hot, and am winded and exhausted. I have had the flu before, but never one which left me with fatigue so bad that walking is a struggle, or that I can’t even stand to do my dishes without breaking out in a sweat and having to sit down. Don’t know where I got this, but I have a feeling it was from my visit to the hospital. Similar to AJ’s experience.

June 14, 2011 at 9:45 am
(99) larry says:

# 95 NAILED IT (!) just in case anybody reads this I’ve had this “thing” since about 1995 , and now it seems to be getting worse . The doctors … they offered me some thing to put a smile on my face , but had not a clue what was going on . One thing that’s very distracting is this mucus , has kinda like tentales it’s extremly hard to spit it out , and it’s not nasual drip ,the extreme bodyaches , headaches , I’m about used to these . BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THOSE THAT HAVE TO ENDURE THIS …

June 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm
(100) stevo says:

Huntington Beach. 48 yrs, great physical shape, plenty of nightly sleep….very healthy. Tues the 7th I woke up with a slight wind pipe irritation (several days after tearing out old carpet…hmmm) and figured it was just the usual mild bug, which doesn’t slow me down too much, so I went ahead and ran up the hill to the gym and worked out very hard. Next day real bad headache, next day added nasal drain and exhaustion, next day added major fogbank, then sat-mon added moderate chest congestion gunk, coughing and all the above symptoms combined but worse. I decided to tough this one out as I hadn’t yet met my deductible, but saving a hundred bucks wasn’t worth the pain as I probably had bronchitis and it hurts bad to cough. I can’t ever remember being so “out of my mind” before, however, I always go to the dr when I feel I might possibly have an infection brewing. Now I did read on the internet that the Flu doesn’t always give you a temperature…..this I didn’t know. Intertesting because my normal temp is 97.4 and a few times I had upper 98′s, which I would consider a mild temp for me. Flu? Maybe. All I know is that I am still kinda goofy footed with mild-mod symptoms but improving. I’ve been using cough suppresant, expectorant, decongestant, pain reliever, a little anti-histimine and alot of water and Vit C. God forbid anyone to get this, so please go to the Dr if you relate to any of these symptoms.

June 15, 2011 at 8:46 am
(101) GR says:

I live in Chicago and am 66 years old. Today (June 15) I’m at the 6-week mark. I lost my sense of taste and smell and was vomiting in the first week. Also had diarrhea for a few weeks, which I cleared up, thank goodness, with probiotics and high-end yogurt. I lost about 15 pounds in the first week or two.
I went to the M.D. at the beginning, thinking I had strep throat. She didn’t do a throat culture but gave me an antibiotic to take if I “felt worse”. Big mistake.
Symptoms that have persisted throughout these 6 weeks have been swollen lymph nodes in neck, which caused severe pain until recently, and fever, which is about half a degree at this point but was about 102 for a week at the beginning. I was also sleeping a lot the first few weeks. My strength has slowly returned, and I am now sleeping pretty normal amounts, but I am by no means over it.
Thanks, everyone for sharing your experiences!

June 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm
(102) Julie says:

My husband’s symptoms began two weeks ago today while we were in Sedona. He is 62 yrs. old, very healthy, runs 35 miles a week. The cough turned into a chest cold when we returned to Napa. From there, severe coughing, mild fever, he often feels hot – but temp never hit 100. Violent coughing, especially at night and in the morning. So severe, that he could not catch his breath, lung spasms.

Called the doctor – prescribed Codeine cough syrup. He takes that with Nyqil just so he could sleep. As soon as he lays down, the severe cough begins and won’t stop – coughing up phelm. Can’t talk or breath deep without coughing. Went to the doctor twice in the last two days. Waste of time on the first visit except for the Chest X-ray that she ordered (that came out fine). She thought it was allergies/asthma – he has never had these before. She gave him an inhaler – didn’t work. Second visit – different doctor honestly tried to help him. More Codeine cough syrup (which is a battle to get because they think you want it for addiction purposes!). She didn’t argue with him. She also prescribed a steroid inhaler and Prednisone for inflammation of his lungs. Another Antibiotic – Azithromycin. Tested for Valley Fever (just as precaution). We insisted he was tested for Whooping cough because of similar symptoms. She didn’t give him test him with the nose swab because the antibiotic would kill it if he has Whooping cough.

My husband had bronchitis, colds etc… when he was younger – NEVER, NEVER had anything like this!

Thank you everyone for sharing.

June 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm
(103) Julie says:

Napa, Ca. – My husband is 62 yrs. old. Very healthy, runs 35 miles a week. Cough started two weeks ago today. Started with a cough, turned into (we thought) a chest cold. Fever never topped 100 but he feels like hot. Violent coughing especially at night and first thing in the AM. So violent, he can’t breath, lung spasms. Thought it was Whooping cough. Been to the doctor twice. First visit – waste of time. She though he had Allergies/Asthma. He has never had these! Order a Chest X-ray (clear). Prescribed an inhaler – didn’t work. Second doctor, refilled codeine cough syrup – this is the ONLY thing that helps him get an hour or two of sleep. He has NEVER been this sick – ever. On antibiotics, steroids for lung inflammation. Not working yet.

I saw nothing on the CDC website. Go figure.

June 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm
(104) Sandy says:

Not to alarm anyone but I thought this article was worth posting…


This viral epidemic is not in the USA that I am aware of. Originates in Pakistan and it is killing livestock – not humans that I could see from the article – but children and adults have very severe viral cough epidemic.

June 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm
(105) Jenny says:

On monday my son had a fever no other symptoms and was fine the next day. Then on wednseday in the evening I got really tired and couldnt wake up on thursday. Took the kids to school came home and passed out for 4 hours. Mt whole body hurt like I had been hit by a train, hard to even breathe because it hurt so bad. Took my temp and had low grade fever. have had a fever for three days and body aches, no other symptoms. Fever broke last night but now my tonsils are swollen and have spots all over. It is now sat. On my way to hospital.

June 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm
(106) Sarah says:

This bug has had my on my back for 6 days and counting. My symptoms began with diarrhea last Friday, lasted all day, noticed a spot on my tonsil that was red and sore. Diarrhea stopped after first day, sore throat got worse, developed severe migraine, fever, chills, HORRIBLE body aches. I would wake up every two hours, day or night, clothes completely soaked. Day 5 and fever, exhaustion and migraines persist. Just getting up to go to the bathroom wipes me out. I haven’t been this sick since I caught the swine flu in 2009!

July 3, 2011 at 9:45 am
(107) David Owen says:

The creeping crud has hit Wyoming!! This stuff is nastey!!

July 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(108) Cindy Stewart-Rinier says:

I thought I had food poisoning because my husband and I both came down with severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea within about 20 minutes of one another. That part resolved by the middle of the next day for me, but then I had a mild headache for the following two days and a sudden and severe sore throat at the end of the second day. Woke up this morning with sore throat, swollen gland, muscle aches and the migraine shimmer. Did my migraine remedy of lavendar oil on the temples and the nape of the neck and some Chinese herbs and went back to sleep. Feeling a bit better, but decided to try to see if what I had was not food poisoning but something else. Sarah’s pattern of symptoms seem very similar to what I’m experiencing here in Portland, Oregon on July 4. Ugh.

July 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm
(109) Diana says:

San Diego resident – I came down with severe stomach cramps on Monday, July 11. Thought it was constipation or food poisoning, but it turned into sore throat, fatigue the next day. Took laxatives but does not relieve abdominal pain and sore throat persists, so perhaps they are linked to some bug? Doesn’t matter whether I eat or not – still have pain. Sore throat is getting worse and this is day 4. No fever. If anyone has info, please leave comment as I will see Dr. if I don’t get better soon.

July 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(110) haru says:

Do i have swine flu. I have a runny nose and i sneeze a lot. My eyes water aswell. I have tiny red dots on my skin.

July 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(111) Elizabeth says:

I have been really ill for 5 days. It started last Saturday when I was playing golf in South, Florida. It was so hot and humid, I assumed I had heat exhaustion. I head a bad headache, fever, lower back pain and mild nausea. This went on for 2 days. The 3rd day the headache was fine and back pain, but still fatigued and had nausea. Then the 4th day, the headache was worse than ever, all over my head. I couldn’t sleep and fever was around 100. I was worried yesterday I had meningitis my head was in such severe pain. This morning my fever seems to be gone, but head pain still real bad, some better, but hurts mostly when I bend over. My brain feels swollen. I think I have the flu, but not certain.

I have been traveling a lot through the middle east and Alaska and napa the last couple months. This started 5 days after I got back from Alaska when our ship was infested with the nor virus. Not sure if this is connected as I don’t have stomach or diarrhea problems.

July 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm
(112) Anderson says:

For the past 6 days I have been super ill. It all started with the achey feelings in my body, mild headache and nausea. Day 2 through 4 were miserable – vomiting, headache from h***, and even worse the feeling of weakness—-could barely move. Today marks the 6th day and I am actually feeling somewhat better. The doctor prescribed Zofran; however I could not keep it down—talk about difficult. My blood tests came back fine, no serious conditions, still curious to know what the heck I caught!

July 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm
(113) Kat says:

I have suffered from “flu” like symptoms 3 times since this year has started. This last time put me down. I had severe pain in my lower right abdomen accompanied by diarrhea and nausea. I ended up going to the emergency room worried it was my appendix. Thankfully it was not. I was then reffered to a gastro doctor who did a endoscopy and colonoscopy(not fun). They did a biopsy testing for Chron’s disease which thankfully I don’t have. Its been a month now. I still cannot hold food down. Within 20 minutes of eating it leaves my body. I’ve lost almost 20 lbs. Im extremely hungry. I just had blood work to see if I have celiac disease which is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome. My stomach still aches and I’ve had so many tests done. Meckel scan and small bowel w/ barium….nothing seems to be coming up…I’m so frustrated and getting scared all at the same time

July 29, 2011 at 6:00 am
(114) Julie c says:

started june 25th fever for a week with fatigue and body aches no cold symptoms went to urgent care just felt extremely ill had a fever around 102 103 for a week straight got antibiotics I felt better finally after 2 weeks but only for 5 days then sore throat for 2 days after that major head and chest congestion next came sinus pressure and phlem that won’t come out runny nose and coughing for almost 2 weeks the cough is relentless feel like I’ll never b better been going on for almost a month now what is this flu or whooping cough but cough attacks don’t seem violent enough

August 3, 2011 at 9:37 am
(115) levi says:

i live in london.uk. and im experiecing all the same symptoms
amazing that it can get around.

August 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm
(116) Sick in NJ says:

I’m in central NJ but have traveled extensively between Boston and NC. Began with headache, body ache, fever between 100-103. Now on day 5 and keep thinking I’m turning a corner only to be flattened again! Fever almost gone (although still experiencing night sweats), but was so dizzy in grocery store that I almost fainted. In bed again with a bad headache and stiff neck. Heading to dr in 2.5 hours. Can’t wait to get a DX!

August 13, 2011 at 2:24 am
(117) christopher m. nazareno says:

this thing that happened to me sucks,i think i got hexed or just had flu,first at the school,i got very angry i think my cholesterol is high,my mouth is numb like i’m drooling awake without desire,this one is the part that i think i got this flu here in Philippines,i got headache,stomachache,dizziness,impatient,always hungry,always thirsty,thinking too much,having too much things coming in my head-i don’t know if its problem or just insecurity,i cant wake up early,my body always hurt-it always happen in my back,confused.
thanks for listening.

August 17, 2011 at 7:03 am
(118) linda bland says:

I live in Gainesville, Fl. On August 13th I started with a tickle in my throat and a cough, the next day the 14th a sore throat, achey muscles all over, fever, headache, and nausea. It is now the 17th and I still feel slight sore throat, headache, dizziness, ringing ears and coughing up thick green mucus. Anyone else got this flu??

August 18, 2011 at 10:42 am
(119) KC says:

Daughter, niece and 2 nephews all have had severe headaches (ages 10, 9, 3, 2) high fever (up to 103 and no lower than 101.3 with ibuprofin/tylenol piggyback). Doctor said it was viral and it had to run its course. My daughter said she felt like someone hit her over the head with a brick. It’s rough on them, my daughter had a hard time opening her eyes and focusing her head hurt so bad. I’m wondering if the bad headache isn’t what caused the vomiting but not sure.

August 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(120) Tishy says:

Woke up Tuesday with my stomach making weird noises and then it went downhill from there. I’ve had a severe headache, fever, chills, no appetite, very lethargic and tired, can’t focus and possibly dehydrated from only eating toast and drinking small amounts of water for 4 days. Feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. I’m in Texas.

August 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(121) kel says:

to Mel – what – are you serious? So you went to the doctor with the flu – she asked if you if you’d recently had a TETANUS shot? because maybe it was whooping cough?? ROTFL!! REALLY? Do you know what tetanus is? Or what whooping cough is for that matter? Really. I have to wonder where some of these doctors went to medical school! Or IF they did!

To make this simple: You had the flu. A virus. She vaccinated you against Tetanus – a BACTERIA. A bacteria that is not airborne, but you get it from a scratch through the skin. Symptoms are NOT coughing, sneezing, etc, nor are they flulike, and is characterized by severe muscle spasms and near paralysis of some (“Lockjaw”). It is NOT whooping cough.
By the way, a vaccine when you were already clearly SICK was a really bad idea also!

August 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm
(122) Kristina says:

Kel – Although most of your comments are correct (flu – virus, tetanus – bacteria, vaccine when sick – not a good idea) I just wanted to clarify one thing. The reason Mell’s doctor may have asked about the “Tetanus” shot is because it is now recommended that adults be vaccinated with the TDaP the next time they get a Tetanus shot. This vaccine DOES provide protection against Pertussis (whooping cough). Mell’s doctor was probably trying to figure out if she had been vaccinated against Pertussis recently or not. Unfortunately whooping cough is becoming more and more common and the symptoms can be similar to those of the flu in adults.
I’m not saying either of you are wrong, but there is a reasonable explanation for why her doctor asked her that question and decided to give her the vaccine.

August 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm
(123) Jen says:

I’m just starting to feel alive again after 5 solid days of (in order of severity) extreme sore throat (white spots,) fever, fatigue, body aches, headaches and nausea. I liken this latest virus to how it feels to have mono. Very similar symptoms…at least for me. I am still trying to get my strength back.

August 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(124) Matthew says:

I have all the symptoms Tishy describes (stomach making weird noises, severe headache, fever, chills, no appetite, very lethargic and tired, can’t focus, feel like I’ve been hit by a bus), for the last three days.

What’s odd, though, is for each day I wake up fine, and then have a sudden onset of the symptoms in the evening – it hits me like a ton of bricks! I’m not going to die, am I?

August 23, 2011 at 9:29 am
(125) Ned says:

Got the flu 4 days ago in Austin Tx area.Still fighting it but feeling much better :)

August 24, 2011 at 12:59 am
(126) Andrea says:

Think I’ve got it too. Started yesterday. I’m in Oregon. Feel horrible. :(

August 24, 2011 at 3:54 am
(127) Sick as a dog says:

Caught something nasty… started feeling pressure/tightness in base of neck, developed into a sore throat, chest pains and hcongested sinuses and uncontrollable coughing fits. It has been 6 days now :( Was tested for mono (came back negative).

August 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm
(128) Margaret in Oregon says:

Mine started 5 days ago and is unrelenting. Massive headaches, all over body pain, even fingernails and scalp hurt. Fever just first 2 days. Rash. Pain and headache and fatigue yet to subside. Sleeplessness too, despite trying over the counter sleep aids. Plus regular over the counter pain medication useless for the pain. Annoying because it’s such a beautiful summer! Gonna try baking it out in the sun. (with sunscreen). I hope you all get better soon!

August 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm
(129) Christine says:

Family all has flu symptoms of severe fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, fever for about 5 days, muscle aches, sore throat, and headache. It has been about 2 weeks. The worst
flu illness in many years. The CDC says flu is not going around. Wonder what this is????

August 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm
(130) Mom of sick boy says:

The flu is coming back with a vengeance and starting early this year. Nasty, nasty stuff. Eventually the flu shot won’t help hope everyone gets well fast
My son has the flu, started yesterday (Tuesday) fever 102, vomiting, and a headache and the doctor said it could take up to 2 weeks For him to feel better. :(

August 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(131) Aleria says:

I just got a bout of the flu. Two days ago, in the afternoon I developed a horrendous amount of sinus pressure and by the next day I had a horrible headache, chills, dizziness, it went to my chest and was like a tightened vice around my chest cavity. I have been coughing and sneezing up blood and feel generally crappy. Hope this helps those looking for possible symptoms in their families.

August 27, 2011 at 11:04 am
(132) weatherdog says:

@aleria: coughing up blood is not good dude. You need to go to the doctor!

August 28, 2011 at 3:15 am
(133) Pam from Sydney Australia says:

I had flu shot but can’t stop shivering with low temp
Headaches started 7 days ago in back of head as well as sinuses
Also have gastric
Still shivering cold
Doctor said to take the week off and I get paid sick leave and work also glad for me to stay away

August 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm
(134) sick in Ontario says:

Been feeling horrible for days… symptoms I have are,

Sore throat
dizzy/light headed
upset stomach
terrible cramping when I do eat
lack of appetite
very low on energy

these have been here for a few days now, anyone else have the same?

August 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(135) Laura says:

I’m in Wyoming, always proud of my health and the wisdom of the flu shot.Always get the flu shot, rarely get sick. Last two days had what I thought was a HUGE arthritis all-body and joint attack, with aches front and back of legs, front and back of arms, each joint and even finger joints, could not even sit as musckles on buttocks were sore and fiery as well…exhaustion…..convincted it was arthiritis with rain coming, described the symptoms to a friend: “Sounds like you have a form of the crud going around~!” she said. Finally realized I was sick, took my temp. and it was 102…usually 97. No appetite, but only for one day. Stayed in bed, got up and found still feverish but no aches. Was taking ibuprofin back to back way too much, should have gotten holes in my stomach. Fine today, 1 3/4 days later, but tired. Only wish to sleep. Strange flu, nothing but a little queasiness and incredible all-body ache with fever. Will sleep a little more and go to work just fine Monday…well, nice to vent a little…..1.5 – 2 days of flu I ‘blame” on the wisdom of getting a flu shot:)

September 1, 2011 at 12:11 am
(136) neil, says:

hi thanks
im in london uk, was hit a week ago high temp, dizzy,whole body ache with fever and shivers,changed night clothes due to sweat three times a night,massive headache like head been stood on,with ringing and throbbing in ears.Day three body rash from chest to knees,sleeplessness,symptoms still on day five bad,with added strange muscle spasm feeling in top of legs,like a secondary pain after moving would rush along the muscles,less so in arms,and some tight feeling in chest,(im a non smoker)
Day 8 now and fever and sweats less so, head pain comes and goes, high pitch ring in ears sending me a bit mad, but sleepless still and still feel unable to get out of bed. but moving to the good i hope, like you from the USA said,hit by a truck.

September 6, 2011 at 2:21 am
(137) Margaret says:

2.5 days ago I started experiencing some of the same symptoms people are speaking of above. Dizziness/vertigo, lack of appetite, a bit of weakness, a deep cough during the night, and some sharp pains in various bodily locations that come and go quickly. I have found that eating greek yogurt at least once each day helps greatly. A cup of tea every now and then is nice & helpful too. That was pretty much all I consumed on the first day of the illness. Today I went in for a massage I had already scheduled a week prior. The massage therapist is actually the one who told me that my set of symptoms might be a virus that’s going around. Then it all made sense. I am taking good care of myself–I certainly will be happy when whatever-this-is goes away.

September 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm
(138) Laura says:

Went on a hen do on the 20th August, felt fine. The next day woke up with aches all over my body but just put it down to a hang over. The next day it got worse with a fever. This lasted for 2 days. I managed to go back to work on the Thursday. Felt very tired for a week but it was a new job and having called in sick had to battle on, felt achy but took paracetomol to help me through. A week later after battling on had terrible diohrea for a day, stomach gurgling, felt naucious, bloted, terrible wind. The diohreah has stopped now (highly recomend boiled ginger to help) but the aches and fever is bad. My chest also feels tight too and feel very anxious. Went to doc but he said a viral infection so have to ride it out. The bride of the hen do is also still sick with the same symptoms and sleeping for 15 hrs a day. I just want to feel well again!!

September 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm
(139) garry says:

i live just s. of charlotte nc i have full blown flu. started with sore throat day 1 and by day 2 i was miserable,high fever, nastiest cough ive ever had and the worst ive ever felt. day three still nasty.

September 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm
(140) dave l. says:

I live in the DC area. About 5 weeks ago I thought I had food poisoning due to vomiting. After 2 days a sore throat developed. Pretty soon I had a full blown flu symptoms. Major cough. Vomiting and diarrhea. Extreme fatigue. Stuffy nose and the chills. This illness took me out hard for 2 weeks and I am still not 100 percent yet after 5 weeks. The only symptom I did not have is a high fever. This illness totally kicked my rear end.

September 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(141) steve says:

cape cod….the whole family has had it….starts with low fever…heavy head…no appetite….stomach pains but no vomiting, then some diareah….then headaches….and then wears off slowly….takes about 1 week.

September 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm
(142) Laura says:

This is horrible! I have been sick since last Sunday so going on day seven. Started with fever of 101 that went to 102.5, body aches, skin hurt, headache then went to cough and congestion just in lungs. I still have a fever (day 7), not so high but still around 100, exhausted, short of breath, hard to take a deep breath and just an odd feeling in my chest. Went to doctor yesterday and he said I have the flu. I just don’t understand having a fever for so long. I have never been sick like this. Oh and I have no voice what so ever. I just want to get better now. I will try to never take good health for granted again! (I am typing from Michigan where the germs are plenty).

September 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm
(143) Jessica says:

Yesterday I felt fine for most of the day, but started feeling a bit off in the evening. This morning I felt awful, but went to work anyway (my work place doesn’t provide sick leave and has strict attendance standards). Apparently, my illness was rather obvious and I was sent home just before lunch.

I don’t have a headache, per se, but my body aches. I am rather light-headed and my ears hurt really bad. When I cough, there is bright yellow mucus and I get sharp pains in my chest (like I have been shocked), my back feels strained, and it’s hard to breathe for a few moments. I am hoping that this won’t last more than a few days….

September 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm
(144) Jessica says:

I almost forgot. I am also running a temperature of 101, which is why the nurse told me to go home.

September 12, 2011 at 8:48 am
(145) Bridget says:

Something is definitely going around.
I am not sure if it is the flu or not, but it is pretty nasty, that is for sure.
I got it first, started out with just sneezing and scratchy throat and the next day BAM all of my sinuses were so full up I though my head was going to explode at any moment. That day was very bad, I kept checking my temp because I was so cold, but I never had a high temp, and still haven’t, which leads me to think something else? I felt overall just like crap, and didn’t do much of all, I think I even cried from the pressure pain in my head. After that day, it was SO much better. The pressure was gone, but still have this horrible runny nose and BAD BAD cough and core throat 5 days later.
My daughter got it a couple of days ago, she is 18 months old. She has had a runny nose, slight cough, no higher temp at all, very normal temp. She is having trouble at night, which leads me to believe she was having bad pressure in her face as well.
My husband got it yesterday, he swears it is the flu, but I am not convinced if there is no temperature, and only one bad day, and the rest days very cold like, and not flu like.
Any opinions?
I have held off on going to the doctor, because the flu is really going around and I don’t want to expose my daughter to the flu if we only have a cold.

September 14, 2011 at 6:08 am
(146) mark says:

Sitting here feeling bad no sleep for 2 nights, body aches…..supposed to pike up my new bike today then ride 300 miles home…….no way. Had to cancel my flight and lost money…….flu is.hard at 50……mark…….scotland

September 14, 2011 at 6:45 am
(147) David says:

Hit me like a brick wall today, can’t warm up, shivering for the ppast 6-7 hours, complete chill thru the body even tho I can feel how warm I am. Soreness thru my legs and back hand arms don’t even want to move around. Hurts to much. Pounding headache.

September 14, 2011 at 8:54 am
(148) Rob says:

I’ve been suffering from the same flu since about August 19th. Here in the UK, almost every one of my friends has had the fly, and even most of the people where I work.

During last week, I had to work from home due to how photosensitive I had become, I had other usual symptoms… headaches, soar throat (I also had tonsilitis at the same time last week but it seems to have cleared up now), constant chesty/mucus coughs, eye strain, aching body head to toe and blocked nose/sinuses.

Right now ( a few weeks on ) I am left with this extremely painful cough, where yesterday I coughed up a small amount of blood, and as a result of so much coughing, a constant migraine that hasn’t settled once since Thursday last week. Right now, I’m sat at work and it feels like someone is repeatedly kicking me in the front of the head. The pain feels like a cluster around and above my left eye, almost as though it’s got constant pressure and pulsating.

At this point, I don’t think I’d wish this pain on even my worst enemy. I’m generally quite fine with pain, having a high threshold for it – but this is a long, drawn out, constant feeling of intense pain all the time.

Anyone else experiencing this?

September 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm
(149) Ryan says:

I started off with the flu about 2 weeks ago, but now that its somewhat gone, I feel dizzy, sleepy, (but i cant get to sleep not even with sleep meds) and I have just no energy whatsover…..i feel almost as bad as when i had it….just differet….I dont know what to do…..Please, i need help.

September 15, 2011 at 8:28 am
(150) L B says:

I went to America on the 26th of August to relax (From the UK) Felt fine. A couple of days later I noticed my voice was hoarse (I still felt completely fine). I got a fever blister on my lip on the 11th. My lip completely swelled up! Left US on the 11th, I arrived in the UK on the 12th (Monday) I started feeling a little weird when I finally got home… Headache, Slight sore throat, I would go from cold to sweating hot. I started taking Ibuprofen and then Beechams. Didn’t seem to work as symptoms seemed to be getting worst by Wednesday. I have a sore throat (not the tonsils) Completely blocked up nose, runny nose from time to time, Aches all over my body, headache from time to time (also in my right temple), slight breathing difficulties (short breathed), chest feels sharp or stabbing pain inside and I am also getting pains at the top of my stomach (behind my ribs), I feel really tired but restless through out the night and day, my eyes feel heavy, my lip is soo sore from the swollen lip/fever blister, ears pop from time to time (probably from sore throat), and just feel pretty weak.

I don’t ever get sick, so I’m hoping I didn’t bring something back with me (or catch something on the plane) and I’m hoping its not serious? I’m only on day 3-4 so it’s early days (I think) but nothing seems to be getting better but I’m definately getting worst.

Does any body know what this might be???

The main concern is the pain inside my chest, (I have not been coughing) behind my rib cage and shortness of breath. From time to time and I can feel my heart trip over its self. (If that makes sense)? Almost like too many beats at once, like a heart spasm. Any clues???

September 15, 2011 at 8:45 am
(151) L B says:

…. Forgot to mention dizzy even when resting.

September 16, 2011 at 4:25 am
(152) Sick in ATL says:

My daughter just got the flu, we had been at Lenox Mall on tge 13 and yesterday afternoon she got the worst headache. By night time, she had a stomach ache and aches. Shea hot, then cold and extremely achey. Watch the mall- I know that’s where she got it! Probably handrails on the escalator?

September 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm
(153) Cyndi says:

Altamonte Spgs, FL … Am still recovering after 10 days in bed. 10 days of fever & chills, 6 days headache & vomiting, aches & pains so bad, weak & shaky, dizzy. then diahrrea & more vomiting for a couple of days. But no respiratory symptoms !? Lost 8 lbs! Was it the flu? I was alone & too sick to get myself to the doctor, they wouldn’t help me over the phone.

September 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(154) stu says:

Anyone help me here. I feel like ive got flu like symptoms but no cough , runny nose etc. I just feel very fatigued and a bit light headed every now and then. It just seems to be lingering and the no energy is driving me mad. I did have flu in june that wiped me out for a week. UK manchester

September 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(155) Amy says:

My 14 year old daughter started with a sneezing, then to stabbing stomach pain, diareah, she missed 4 days of school last week. Sunday night, fever of a 101 with Tylenol. Very cold, but hot to the touch. She feels like hell, not a sickly kid, this is rare for her. Not sleeping much, severe headache for the whole week. Not going to school tomorrow but to the doctor. Lutz, FL

September 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm
(156) MaryLynn says:

Unbelievable pain/headache on the right side! I thought my eyeball would pop out. Could barely open my eye….felt like something was severing the optic nerve. Very light sensitive….running nose and eyes. Also, very dizzy and although not an elevated temp but had severe body sweats for about 24 hours. Now, I feel like a dish rag and still dizzy–very disconcerting and still some headache pain that stills feels like it’s nerve involved on the right hand side. This all started on Friday and has continued through Monday 9/19. Ibuprophen does not touch this. Also not really hungry.

September 20, 2011 at 1:38 am
(157) Ric says:

A variety of the symptoms mentioned on this board experienced by my entire family. Eyes shut and/or bloodshot at various moments throughout the apparent 3 week course of this flu. Lots of mucous/phlegm, gas, loss of appetite, headaches, coughing, fevers, body odor, all feeling like it was over after a week then recurring for another, then another. Sleep felt good and was often, symptoms would appear after an hour or so of being awake. Dehydration seems to be one of the biggest symptoms. Drinking fluids after a bout of this bug feels like you’ve been thirsty for days. Red, dry, burning eyes. Highly contagious. Daughter caught strep throat in the 3rd week, seemed to be school related.

September 20, 2011 at 1:43 am
(158) Ric says:

Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention, we all experienced LOTS of night sweats with this bug too.

September 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm
(159) Ric says:

Also wanted to add, we’re in South Florida. This bug seems highly adaptive. If you’re overcoming this infection and you spend time around others who are feeling ill of it, it seems the re-exposure can make you sick again, as if it adapts quickly around antibodies. Also, the bug seems most active when you’re NOT sleeping, as if this bug adapts around the moments when the body is healing the most. Also, this bug moves from gland to gland, usually when the body is attacking it the most. If this bug is in the tear ducts, it will stay until the body attacks it there, then moves to other glands, i.e. sweat, tonsils, mucous, etc., and this process cycles and continues…

September 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm
(160) Greg says:

Received Flu Shot 17 Sep 11 and upset stomach since, especially after eating. Very active bowels also. Uncharacteristically sleepy all day the day after the shot (18 Sep 11)

September 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm
(161) Katy says:

I’ve been sick for 2 weeks. It started with diarrhea. Then a couple days later the fever, body aches, typical flu symtoms. I’ve been drained the whole time. I thought I was better yesterday and this morning woke up with horrible joint pain! Was starting to think I’m developing arthritis. My hands hurt, my fingers hurt and are swollen, my arm feels like someone punched it and my joints ache severely I couldn’t even pick up my coffee cup. I called the dr and he said no one else has complained of this. I’m living on ibuprofen. I’ve never had to take it consistentl;y like this but I have to or the pain comes back and I can’t move.

September 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(162) Katy says:

I’m in South Florida also. My husband has this with the same and different symptoms too.

September 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(163) Betty says:

Family has been sick for weeks with flu like illness. Started with fever, sinus congestion, sore throat, muscle aches and extreme fatigue. The fatigue is lasting the longest. It does not seem to go away. The muscle aches are also not fading. We are in Rhode Island. We are waiting to feel a little better before we get our flu shots, but this illness is not going away. Very frustrating!

September 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm
(164) ck says:

There is something going around that is highly contagious. My adult daughter was ill over the weekend with fever, cough, chills, sorethroat. I stopped at her home very briefly on Monday when she was feeling better and yesterday I came down with the same symptoms. Fever, cold sweats, sneezing, chest conjestion, productive cough. Today I’m still running a fever and my joints ache. I live in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Seems like an early flu season is upon us here in PA.

September 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm
(165) Paulette says:

I worked the concession stand at the Patriots Game in Foxboro, MA last Sunday. I was on my feet for about 10 hours. Next felt sore and tired. I chalked it up to fatigue. Then Monday night started feeling week, had a headache, lower back pain & chills. Next day my fever got up to 102.5 and the aches were horrible. Shivering…hot then cold…it is now Thursday night and I am still experiencing these symptoms. I’ll get fever down to 99 and then a few hours later it goes back up to 102.5 again. NO congestion or cough. Just feel like crap. I was handling money at the Patriots game so I think it was passed on to me from a customer. This is horrible!

September 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(166) Cole says:

I had a minor sore throat then in the middle of the night I couldn’t sleep and I had a horrible throat, terrible congestion, and and I have been experiencing the worst migraines all over my head and in my jaw also I have horrible chills and a on and off fever

September 24, 2011 at 3:57 am
(167) simone says:

On Monday night I experienced the most excruciating back pain, sitting while driving my car, standing and even lying down, I essentially couldn’t do anything and as it turned out it proved to be more than what I had thought. Although I had never felt back pain quite like that, I assumed it must had been something I did at the gym. Tuesday morning when I woke up I was still complaining about the back pain and my mom asked what time I had to go to work (which wasn’t until 2:00,) so she then proceeded to give me advil to take the edge off. I woke up at 12:30, showered and did not feel good. I called into work and by 2:43 while on the phone with my mom for the third time I began to vomit. It is now Friday, my fevers came and went multiple times hitting the 102′s possibly higher, the cold/hot sweats impromptu wardrobe change countless times and sometimes the hardest part is that I get so cold my body tenses up so much the pain makes me nuts. Weirdest of all is that this flu has gone jekyll and hyde on me twice so far! I think its over and I get hit again a few hours later! Hoping it ends within a day or two because I can’t take much more…

Glad I’m not alone, unfortunate I’m not the only one.

-Healthy Able Bodied 20 yr old Female

September 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm
(168) Vinny Senthil says:

I live in the Bay Area, California where many people are experiencing flu like symptoms accompanied with a 101.1-102.1 fever. Make sure to wash your hands and watch where you sneeze.

September 27, 2011 at 6:21 am
(169) Ric says:

We’re about a month into this infection, and my family still has varying symptoms, the only exception being fevers. This is one mean bug, especially on the eyes after long term exposure

September 29, 2011 at 2:31 am
(170) Melissa says:

I don’t know if I have the flu or pneumonia but something is going around here in Boston. My neck feels tight and my chest is super congested and my body aches as though someone has beaten me. I take ibuprofen round the clock and the second it wears off the pain is just horrible and debilitating. If I take the I ibuprofen its manageable which seems strange to me. The pain literally wakes me out of my sleep its that bad. I have a 102 temperature. I went to my doctor who tested me for flu and did a bunch of blood work for infection. Results aren’t in yet. My husband had similar symptoms a couple weeks ago and it was bronchitis and then a friend of ours who we have not been around same symptoms was told pneumonia and he works at a hotel and said a bunch of people got it. I’ve had the flu before but this feels different ….looking forward to the result of the test so I can treat it!

September 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm
(171) Susan says:

Going on 5th day with fever, cough, and body aches. I also am one who never gets sick and this is really doing me in. How long can a body take having a fever? I cant even talk because I have laryngitis. No complaints from my husband. Funny when this started. I went to the library and I was wearing a turtle neck top, corduroy pants and a jacket because it was so cold but everyone in the library had shorts and tank tops on. I had to leave cause I was shivering so much. Found out when I got home that my temperature was 102.5 I wish everyone who comes down with this flu the best of luck and speedy recovery. When I get better, I will never complain about little things again.

September 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm
(172) michelle says:

So-Cal: fine all day Mon 9/26, mid afternoon stood up at work. very ill. so much so, felt as if I would pass out. Feverish. Super hot w/sweats and then chills. Sent home. Now day 3 1/2. Still no appetite. Stomach pain just below ribs. Body aches widespread. Consistent headache. Even w/Ibuprofen still feverish w/chills. Extremely fatigued.

September 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm
(173) Ric says:

There is a recent CDC warning about a non-flu virus that has been known to cause flu-like symptoms, however, history suggests that this virus has not typically been known to act as an infection, rather, more of a dormant virion. The virus is known as “Human Entero Virus (D) 68″ or HEV68. It seems there has been an increase in this virus’ recent activity. Here is the link to the CDC’s alert: http://bit.ly/prOjHT — here is a link with more Enterovirus info: http://bit.ly/n7t9Iv and another: http://bit.ly/oFmrMu

September 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm
(174) Ric says:

I’m convinced now that what we have is an enterovirus infection. The red, burning eyes are a classic symptom: http://bit.ly/nThs3z

October 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm
(175) josh says:

i have experienced allot of symptoms i woke up 1 morning and i was experiencing coughs every 2 seconds, plugged ears that hurt, blocked nose, head aches, eyes hurting,pain throughout body(mainly my neck up), saw throat, and exhaustion, and i do not have an appetite at all.

October 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm
(176) Jennifer says:

Hi, ive been feeling like crap for the last 4 days.. it started with a sore throat, mainly when i swallow.. then turned to a really bad cough.. it sounds almost like bronchitis.. my nose is running bad but worse at night and in the morning.. i have sinus pressure and a headache that wont quit.. today i felt really weird, disoriented really.. i felt confused, forgetful.. and weak.. kinda scary actually. i cant sleep at night.i toss and turn for hours and hours.. usually when i get sick i cant stop sleeping.. now i cant get to sleep… my eyes feel like they are being squished and sometimes its hard to breath.. its a bad cold going around this year.. ive never had it this bad.. no i dont take the flu shot.. never have.. it actually makes people get sick.. they are putting a small amount of the virus in you.. hoping you will fight it iff, but if you dont have a good immune system, the needle will just get you sick.. tomorrow is day 5 and im not any better.. im the maid of honour in a wedding this Saturday so hopefully i can be better by then.. i must have sneezed about 50 times this morning.. the best way is lots of fluids and sweat it out.. sleep with extra blankets so you are so hot you sweat.. it works!

October 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm
(177) Jennifer says:

Oh.. and i forgot to mention ear ache off and on.. really sucks!

October 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm
(178) Bigred says:

Started with scratchy tickly throat that felt like it was closing up and stomach pains/gas. Then congestion that made my nose feel like concrete. Fatigue has been horrible. The cough will keep you up all night. I do not have energy to walk in a store for 10 min before I can no longer stand up. Nosespray, sinus rinses only help a tiny bit. This sucks!!!!!

October 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm
(179) Jack says:

Feel awful. Been a little under the weather for the past few days but I assumed that it was just aftereffects from a cold I had recently. Woke up this morning and it felt like I’d run into a brick wall. Took 45 minutes to get out of bed and drag myself down to uni for a test. Managed to focus but the headaches didn’t really subside. That’s the worst of it, every time I move my head I get sharp, stabbing and throbbing pains so that I can barely function. This has been going on all day and hasn’t even improved marginally. Walking is the worst. Bit of nausea and stuffed nose, I couldn’t even take Ibuprofen at first because it just made me vomit for the next ten minutes. A lot of people seem to be saying that they had the symptoms for a week, I hope that doesn’t turn out to be the truth in my case as well as I have three exams in the next week. Can anyone recommend any treatment, or at least something that will get the symptoms to subside for a couple of hours so that I have a chance on these tests?

October 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm
(180) Sherri says:

Cleve, Oh-On Monday 10/3/11 my 4 yr old received the flu shot from her asthma doc. Every since Monday evening she has been vomiting and has had a constant fever of 102 or higher even with childrens ibuprophen. She has had chills and has not gotten out of my bed since Monday evening. She has been taking sips of water/sprite/ginger ale and finally had a half of a piece of dry toast this afternoon. Now this evening she is crying and complaining that her tummy is really hurting and has been very gassy. If she is not feeling better in the morning I am taking her to see her pediatrician. She has been very inactive and this is just not like her. My 1 yr old and I had the flu shot about a month ago and knock on wood, neither of us are sick and hopefully will not get sick. This seems very severe! Wish everyone luck that they don’t get this or if they do it end quickly :-)

October 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm
(181) mckayla says:

I feel like I got hit by a bus.. this has been going on for two days now. Body aches are horrible, skin is sensitive to touch, headache, chills. If I don’t take ibprophen every 5-6 hours I’m in pain that’s unbearable.

October 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm
(182) Kiwi says:

I have had a low grade fever for the last 3 weeks, had hip pain for the last month, and I have a reoccurent dermatitus. 2 blood infection tests done, no infection noted all normal.
this last week my lips swelled up and i have a diferent unresponsive rash, no infection noted. feeling it hard to keep weight steady. I have Drs nurces and the hospital A&E scratching heads and noone is being very helpful.

October 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm
(183) John says:

Me and spouse have now been sick for almost 4 weeks with a horrible cold that will not die – started Sept 10th. Began in the throat area for 2.5 weeks with congestion, sinus pressure and lots and lots of coughing. Then it seemed to almost clear up but then surprise — came back full force as a head cold. More intense sinus congestion and more coughing. This has been the longest lasting cold we’ve ever had. Lots of Mucinex and cough syrup at night. Both about 90% better — will be 4 weeks on October 10th. Ugh!

October 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(184) Chet says:

I had pretty standard flu symptoms, but he fever lasted 11 days. I’m on day 15 now, and I’m so tired. This is a bad one. I took my kids in for flu vaccines, but I didn’t get around to it for myself. Big mistake.

Los Angeles CA USA

October 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm
(185) Vicki says:

My flu started with a 3-4 day mild sore throat that then went into a very heavy sinus cold. The congestion in my head, ear canals and nose is so bad, that I lost 70% of my hearing capacity, all smell and taste. I am on about day 5 of these symptoms, and someone just told me of someone in San Diego that said there is a certain milkweed pollen in the air that could be triggering these hayfever like symptoms.
I see that #183 had the same type experience, and I am wondering what you did for it?

October 10, 2011 at 1:33 am
(186) Krystle says:

My fiancé will be sick for 13 days tomorrow. On day 5– took him to urgent care. He was vomitting, body aches, skin hurt, fever, dizziness, blurry vision, lethargy. Doc did throat culture and CBC– ruled out mono, flu swab negative, and strep. On day 8 nothing get better. He was feeling worse. Back to urgent care– same story… Eveything came back normal. I am so scared and afraid. I have never seen him this sick in the last 10 years of knowing him. He only gets up to take meds, use the bathroom and maybe nibble on crackers. He is healthy, works out and doesn’t not have any chronic illnesses. I am freaking out!! What the hell is going on. I am Hoping it’s not meningitis or encephalitis. Help!

October 10, 2011 at 11:26 am
(187) Bill says:

Last two I have had – with in a year. 1st hit hard and fast – with all the common things that come with the flu however the strange thing is that it went away – then came back for 24 hours. I did not think much of it until another person said the same thing happen to them. 2nd is now. My throat hurt a little for a couple days = then wham – it hit so hard I thought it was strep – managed to get to yesterday and throat hurt off and on however this thing went to lungs deep in like two hours. I have never experienced that. More like 1.5 hours – lungs were full of fluid – then in the late afternoon my chest felt tight – full – and it hurt to cough – then it went away a little. Today is Monday – Throat is hurting off and on – mosly when I drink or try to eat. Coughing wanders from minor to very deep. It’s like the virus us unable to make up it’s mind or my body it fighting.
One thing I learned – it was the weekend so the doctor was out however I have read that some go the same time – with no pills – and this one did. I do not understand how a virus can hit so hard and fast – and leave and come back. Off and on. People see you feel better then you are sick again.

October 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(188) amber says:

I currently reside in dekalb illinois. 3 days ago I suddenly got a terrible sore throat followed by a high fever a couple hours later. The next day I felt absolutely terrible and had terrible body and head aches. When I stood up my knees and hips were shaky and I felt extremely weak, it was a struggle to get out of bed. I went to the dr. Today and tested positive for influenza. The funny thing is, is I got the flu shot at the beginning of september. Doubt ill ever do that again.

October 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm
(189) Marisa says:

I caught what I thought was just a bad cold from my husband about a week ago. He had it for almost 2 weeks before I actually contracted it. It started with typical head cold symptoms then gradually turned into flu-like symptoms. Body aches, fatigue, tiredness and stomach pain, diarreah. I had a few days of that then it went way then came back again!! Like another person commented it’s like this thing can’t make up it’s mind. I really hope this ends soon. :(

October 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(190) Sorin says:

I’m in europe and it seems the same symptoms are here also.
3 weeks ago , started with muscle aches from the ribs then moving down to the lower back , was very cold , had to put 2 thick blankets on me to keep warm , and vomited in the night, . Slept night and almost hole day , the next day by evening was at 100%.
Today , same thing , was really stunned , since i had it 3 weeks ago , but i read they are 3 strands of influentza(flu) out there this season , lucky me , must have caught two of them.
I’m at work and struggling to keep awake , sore body , feeling that i’m about to vomit , muscle aches , high temperature alternating with cold spots , can’t wait to get to my bed and sleep for 12-14 hours .

October 14, 2011 at 12:17 am
(191) rbart says:

The Wife got a flu shot yesterday the 12th, oct. 2011 she complained about soar arm on which the needle went in. nothing but aches and pains but nothing too alarming. Today she was fine all day until now (10 pm) 13th, oct 2011. her legs are swelling and thighs are as well, she complaining about achy all over and mostly in her legs? She hasn’t done or taken anything that would cause swelling… She thinks it the flu shot.
thinking taking her to the emergency room but afraid for being rejected due to the fact we don’t have health insurance etc.

questions and no answers

October 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm
(192) Jessica says:

I have had fever on and off and headache, chills,body aches, and some vomiting. I have been sick a whole month every time i feel ok a day it just hits me all over again. what can i do i feel awful….

October 15, 2011 at 11:56 am
(193) carole says:

this is 2 weeks now all I can do is sleep, no energy. I go to work come home and go right to sleep. Now I am on a zpak but my chest is still tight. Chills, clamy sweets, cough, headache that is horrible. I just cannot get rid of it and others are talking about the same symptoms, yes, I did get the flu shot in september so what is this that I have?

October 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm
(194) sarah says:

Came down with a bad head cold on September 29th and started coughing really bad. My mother said alot of kids out at school and walking pneumonia going around so, went to urgent care. I was diagnosed with bronchitis and given a zpack (zithromycin). I took the last one on october 13th and still is in the blood stream. Yesterday, thought I was rounding the corner but, started coughing again and am extremely tired. I also have boughts of nausea. The doc said alot of nasty stuff is going around. I also have Fibromyalgia so, the feeling of fatigue is now worse. I have two months before unemployment runs out and hope I will have get up and go to do the job search. I have not had anything go on this long before and pray that this week will be better and I will have more energy.

October 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm
(195) sam says:

I started feeling tired with nausea and diarrhea on Thursday went to work had diarrhea at work and when I came home. At some rice and drank some gatorade. Went to work Friday still having diarrhea and nausea. Went home Friday tired and achy with chills. Saturday insanely sore back like I had strained it when I hadn’t done much of anything. Started to feel like I had a cold with sneezing and uncomfortable throat. It’s Sunday and diarrhea, gas, nausea, scratchy throat and horrible headache. Have not been able to take my temperature. I’ve read that H1N1 could contain symptoms with no fever? Ugh whatever this is it sucks! – San Diego CA

October 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(196) nicole says:

I hope this helps someone out. I get bronchitis every year, usually from some kind of germ on the karaoke mics, so now I recognize the symptoms and get zpak immediatly. Starts with a slight sore throat, and dizzyness, having a hard time swallowing, usually from the mucous starting to build up, then the dizzyness comes into play and can’t think straight, feeling exhausted, the monster ready to pop out of your stomach feeling, upon the sore throat with headaches and some sneezing, then lovely coughing like crazy with a dry cough hits and the mucous starts building up where i constantly have to clear my throat. Day 3 I had no voice, so I went to the doctor and got my usual Z-pak. Today is day 4 of having bronchitis, second dose of zpak, I have some of my voice back. Still feel totally dizzy and out of it, and sweating. I haven’t checked to see if I have a fever or not. I should start feeling better by Friday. Bronchitis itself is not contagious says my doctor, I think whatever germs I picked up by body turns it into bronchitis.

October 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm
(197) anthony says:

I had a flu shot a week and a half ago and havent felt good since :( . I have flu like symptoms very much like described by alot of the posts. Mostly really low energy aches headache constantly no caugh or sore throat, almost feels like the flu but not quite? Oh and fever the first couple of days been around a week and just when i think im ok I feel tired all over again very strange.

October 20, 2011 at 2:51 am
(198) Pipboy says:

I’ve been the fourth time sick, since march 2011. Three times I’ve got cold/flu like symptoms and one time I’ve been knocked out two weeks by heavy dizzyness. Barely could walk straight. I felt like I was heavy drunked, from the morning when I got wake up till evening when I went sleep for almost two weeks, it was terrible. I’m 28 years old and never experienced that kind of body feelings. I got checked by different doctors and no diagnose. Now two weeks later. again I have cough, fever-feel and a runny nose.

Before March 11, I only had ONE flu in a year, sometimes even one flu in two years. so whats going on?

October 20, 2011 at 3:09 am
(199) Pipboy says:

That Daiichi-Thing killing us all. That’s no Ecoli or h1n1. I’m from Europe, Germany. How is that possible that people across the globe have the same symptoms? Why at this time? that couldn’t be coincidence. I don’t wanna scare anybody, just making clear, what we possibly dealing with here. It’s a very very wrong time to deny, we had three meltdowns and a cooking spent fuel pool in one of the biggest NPP on the globe.
I’m just sorry for us all.

October 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm
(200) cortney says:

I woke up 3 days ago wit back pain an dizziness, then the back pain spread from my lower back into my mode back I thought I had a kidney infection, then the body aches stuffy nose an coughing came the next day now today my nose has cleared up but the body aches are unbarable headaches an still back pain hard to breath tired an my eyes hurt an I’m so lightheaded I can barley stand…. I have been sick now real sick for 2 days…. It’s Oct. 21 2011 I can’t leave my bed I have never had the flu before an the last to years I have got.the flu shot didn’t get one this year….. :(

October 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm
(201) cortney says:

Oh ya an I live in Massachusetts

October 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm
(202) Angie says:

On Tuesday night I started to get chills so I took a hot bath, put on my pjs and got ready the the inevitable. The chills went on for over an hour and were so bad that my teeth were chattering. Then the fervor hit, it was a little over 102. the next morning my head hurt so bad I hated to move it. I have had migraines in the past and this headache was up there on the bad scale. Took some ibprophen and relieves the headache eventually. Well this went on each and every night until Thursday when I did not get the chills. Today is Friday and I am sill running a temp of 102 and am feeling much better. This is the WORST FLU I have ever had.

October 23, 2011 at 12:16 am
(203) ann says:

1 week now of horrible headache and very stiff neck! The dizziness was awful, especially when laying down or getting up. Now the cough has started…dayquil and nyquil helps. feel weak with just a wee bit of energy. “What can’t be cured must be indured”This too shall pass!!

October 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm
(204) Michelle says:

I suddenly got a cough a week ago, a severe cough. Took antibiotics for 4 days, didn’t work. Doctor put me on new antibiotic but I’m getting worse by the day. Blocked nose, cough, aches and pains, tiredness, slight fever. My throat is so sore from the severe coughing, sometimes makes me vomit. I have times when I think I’m feeling better then all of a sudden I get a coughing fit and I feel unable to get out of bed.

October 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm
(205) Shannon says:

I started not feeling good on October 9th. Started out with a foggy head and general just feeling “off”. Monday I woke up to nausea, aches, no appetite, diarrhea. Wednesday I felt much better so I did some errands. Thursday it hit me again like a ton of bricks. No appetite, nausea, vomiting, aches, fatigue, diarrhea. Friday I thought I was going to die. Called the advice nurse and the gave me zofran for the nausea and vomitting. By Sunday I felt better. Monday and Tuesday I felt great! Thought I had kicked it. Wednesday it hit me again!! Thursday was awful, Friday I felt somewhat ok, Saturday morning I woke up and felt great but an hour later I was throwing up. It’s now Sunday the 23rd and I’m in bed feeling awful. My head feels like it will explode. I’m down 9 pounds! Called the advice nurse and they said it’s common for a flu bug to last 2 weeks. They also said I could have caught another virus while I was fighting off my original illness. I just want to feel better!! Just when I think I’ve turned the corner it hits again. I have 4 kids to take care of and this has been hard on them them. Thank god for my husband. Hope everyone feels better soon.

October 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm
(206) Katlyn Cummings says:

I’ve been sick for 2 weeks, with fatigue, longterm headaches, energy loss, exhausted all the time, bad cough, phlegm, sore throat, loss of voice, and anytime i stand i feel like i’m going to pass out.

October 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(207) nick says:

i live in palm beach county florida and tons of people are sick… seems to be right after the snow birds came down i really started noticing it. anyways i went to a concert in miami lastnight woke up with a soar throat… i thought it was from yelling and having a good time at the pitbull concert..nope i was wrong as the day went on i felt worse my throat hurt to even drink water my back,neck,head,feet,all my joints ached and a bad headache by the time i got out of work the same day. when i got home i took my temp. and it was 101.3. i woke up in a pool of sweat my wife even moved to the guest bedroom cause i was getting her wet and not in a good way…. anyways i loaded up on some drugs and slept the almost all day by 5 pm the next day mt temp was almost 98 so im not sure if it was the flu im pretty sure they last longer then 2 days even tho i felt like i did have it i was surprised it went away so quickly….

October 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm
(208) cookie says:

West Virginia-Highest fever was 102. All over body aches, stuffed ears, viral conjunctavitis (nasty eye infection with green stuff coming out of eyes), stuffed nose, sinus irritation, and productive cough (again, the green nasty stuff that tastes awful), post nasal drip-induced cough. Crippling fatigue. I have two young kids at home (we all got this when my son started preschool) so haven’t had a day of bedrest, but over ten days later, if i sit for more than a minute, i pass out! Ugh. I haven’t felt this nasty in over six years!

October 27, 2011 at 2:05 am
(209) Emily-joan says:

I very concerned of my wellbeing thank everyperson who helped write this page, i read through so many of your simularities to my own, have decided i have the flue, I cannot have the ” Jab” as i am one who has the allergies to both Brands,.”eggs & fish” I am ill 4 days now, I am 68 year young.
I went to the G.Ps. 2 weeks ago over the pains of right lung/dry& deep cough /bring off mucase for near on 2.hours regulary upon waking up,..he gave me liqid Bannana medicne containing Penicilliun, I didnt know it contained this,..being so ill, my health became seriously il face swells e.c.t. allergy to it..l.it was 3.days afore i read the contents, as i was out of it, slept solidly, got my mobility scooter out and went back to GP. Who couldnt see me..( yep Appointments only) it was the receptionist that got another G.P. to write out “Trimithone” i had to travel back 24hrs later to get it (takes that long to get it Signatured). Been ill ever since IT HAD to be Flu in the first place….This Page of Comments has helped me now because I will stay away from GP. and take
GREEK YOUGURT, BOIL GINGER and YOUNG GARLIC and see how I get on. my best to everyone reading here.

October 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm
(210) Steve says:

I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I experienced a really bad cold and took time to get over it with a whole bunch of hacking and rest. This was about three weeks ago. One night about two weeks ago, I awoke in a cold sweat and severe nausea and thought I was going to hug the toilet. I never vomited but have been nauseated ever since with really bad gas pains, lower ab pain and really loud stomach noises. The last week has been the worst with nausea, no appetite and extreme fatigue. I thought that my gallbladder was going out but a CT scan said everything is fine.

I called my parents in Michigan and my family has the same thing…cold and then intestinal problems. I think this is a really weird cold bug that turns into the flu or is just the flu but stays around for a really long time. Whatever it is, it’s definitely scary and wreaks havoc on your life. I hope the heartburn, gurgling and nausea go away so I can eat like a king again. Oh and that my energy comes back for multiple reasons.

Anyone going through similar situation?

October 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm
(211) Mary says:

I live in Southern California. For the past few weeks, my ears have burned, and I’ve had shooting pains in one ear. I knew I should go to the doctor but didn’t stop to do so. Four days ago, I became extremely achy with a king-sized headache. I have felt just awful since then – nauseous, headache, fatigue, legs hurting so bad that it’s unbelievable, etc. Tonight, I started getting a scratchy throat. I’m usually very healthy. This is the WORST flu I’ve had in 15 years.

October 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm
(212) pam says:

My 17 year old grandson died in Jan. 2011 with complications of the flu. Wish we could have a do over and get all the kids flu shots. He had type B with pneumonia and MRSA-CA…please get your shots. He was a healty athelete and honor student and he was gone in four days…..

October 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm
(213) Angela says:

Central Florida – I’ve had a cold or flu for 2 weeks now. Started with a killer sore throat and then moved into sinus pressure, congestion with a constant dull headache, and a couple days of upset stomach. Week 2 came with a nasty cough and lots of thick snot. My normal Sudafed won’t even clear it out. At the end of week 2, I noticed a swollen gland or lymph node on the left side of my neck followed by a stiff neck on that side a couple days later. It’s now the beginning of Week 3 – still have the congestion, cough, dull headache, and the stiff neck is getting worse by the day.

Had a flu shot a couple days before it all started. Have to wonder if it’s related?!?

November 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm
(214) Rat Momger says:

I now feel awful. My head is stuffy. I have a runny nose and mild lung congestion. I have restless sleep at night, with tossing and turning. I have spontaneous erections throughout the day and my penis and testicles have an itchy, irritable feeling. I am afraid to leave the house, because I might have a large erection in public. What should I do?

November 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(215) Cimmbasso says:

Wow, I have the same problem when I don’t have the flu….weird, huh?

I’ve been sick with the flu for 4 days. Aches and chills and a moderate fever of 100f. Sinus and chest congestion along with plugged up ears. I know where this is going and started on antibiotics. Whenever I get sick it always turns into an ear infection or sinus infection. BTW, I got the flu shot last month because I work in a hospital and didn’t want to catch it!

November 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm
(216) sciteachermom says:

12 yr old son has had diarrhea off and on for 2 weeks, gets better and then he is sick again. Started off with sore throat and bad headache. Still has that “off” feeling and abdominal pain, sore throat, dizziness. Irritable and just doesn’t feel good. Dr says virus…..

November 3, 2011 at 9:52 am
(217) Anna 25 says:

I ‘ve been sick with the flu for 5 days now started with diarrhea , nausea , sinus congestion , chill , fatigue , headache , very thirsty and the weird thing is that sometimes i feel extreme hungry like i am getting better and than i feel terrible again , is like this thing is mutating inside my guts :(

November 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm
(218) Simon says:

I live in UK and me and 2 family members came down with this illness in August. Now in November I still have some symptoms. No sore throat or cough, I just feel like there’s no energy in my body at all. I’ve tried taking all sorts of vitamins and supplements and nothing seems to shake the fatigue. Again like other posters I was fit and active before this happened. The NHS has no answers for what ails me, I’ve had blood tests and they can’t find anything. Good luck to all in getting better, if anyone has a solution please post.

November 4, 2011 at 8:00 am
(219) Christine says:

In middle of August whole family got a really bad flu. Extreme fatigue, fever for a week, sore throat, headache, dizziness, sinus congestion. I had new onset of heart palpitations. My parents are doing better since getting sick this summer, but it wasn’t until mid october that they felt like they were getting better. My husband and I still feel very tired and muscle aches also the dizziness never went away. I wish I could go back to how I felt before August. It is very frustrating! I try not to feel bad because I know there was alot of sickness this summer, but it fees like it never went away.
We are in Rhode Island.

November 5, 2011 at 8:18 am
(220) CandaceNicole07 says:

My boyfriends grandma got sick from the flu shot, she couldn’t eat or drink anything or even get up. Well wednesday when I was at work I started to feel pain in my back in the back of my calfs, knees and ankles. I just blew it off thinking maybe I was just tired. I woke up thursday morning with a temperature of 102.8, So I called off work. Thursday wasn’t to bad until Thursday night I started to puke and couldn’t hold anything down, Also while I was puking I couldn’t hold my bladder everytime I cough or puke I pee. I am also constipated and have a horrible headache. I found out that tylenol is the only thing that works on me and don’t drink gatorade, drink only water, water was the only thing that dulled my headache. I have asthma so it is really difficult for me to breathe my ears aren’t pulled and my sinus’s are clear. The highest my temperature has been was 104.9 which is very dangerous I lowered it but putting a cold towel on my head and another one across my body then I flipped over and did the same thing to the back of my neck and back. this brought it down to 102.4 which is still high but not as bad. I did this for about a half hr because I couldn’t get in the tub. Word of advice don’t get the flu shot!. I hope I’m better by monday because I work somewhere where you can’t really take off days. If you go to the doctor all thier gonna do is put an IV in you and send you on your way so best to save your money.

November 5, 2011 at 10:49 am
(221) Ribhu says:

Live in Northern NJ, got the flu / cold for a week, no flu shots. Fever, body pain and chest congestion. Didn’t go to th doctor, just the usual Tylenol and warm clothing. Had to miss work for a day. Didn’t take temperature, but 102 or thereabouts would be my guess. Daughter has it now, going on her fifth day today, her fever has gone, has been gone for two days, but the cough hasn’t improved, so she still feels sick. But not bed ridden any more! She went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics which I didn’t give her, not sure how to get rid of the cough, or is it bronchitis? Will be doing some more research. Not sure that her first trip to the doctor was all that necessary for her, maybe more for us, and maybe it’ll be really time to visit a doctor if the cough doesn’t go away in the next day or so.

November 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm
(222) Jamie says:

Woke up on Wednesday with a slight sniffle and body ached. Progress onto Thursday to full blown stuff up nose, that feels like it leaks acid near the nostrils and upper lip; sensitivity to light, body pain all over but focus mostly on joints area, migraine that never really leave even when I take ibuprofen, slight nausea from both not eating and eating, tickle in the back left side of my throat, and the whole inability to sleep any more then an hour, also by sleeping makes me feel worse. Been taking multivitamin in the morning and ibuprofen as the bottle says to. The last two days(Thursday and Friday) I have consume about 30 cups of tea with honey.

November 6, 2011 at 11:11 am
(223) anonymous says:

Harrison ar has been hit hard ..I work in a nursing home and everyone has it …all the patients and workers

November 6, 2011 at 11:59 am
(224) Lesley says:

I had flu-like symptoms that stated out with a sinus infection for 2 days and then a week or two later started having bad diarrrhea with lower abd pain… strange flu, the abd pain and diarrhea started after i received the flu shot?

November 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm
(225) Chris says:

End of 2nd week now. Still incredible thirst and sore throat.
Tired, achy, swollen glands. Neck pain less. !st week
extremely dizzy. Still no apetite.

November 7, 2011 at 12:23 am
(226) Sid says:

Flu is so deceptive

I thought it was just cold and sneezing here and there due to weather change

My legs then started aching – then Neck – then Broke my back

Sticky mucus – flowing mucus – watery eyes – screwed up throat

I am sleeping like a Baby though – dunno why

November 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm
(227) Dave Icke says:

I hate the worst flu ever, I took 6 gloves of raw fresh garlic with lemon juice, and cured myself within the hour! This was a miracle, then I will take 2 gloves a day for about 5 days. Hope this helps. Stay away from iatrogenic medicine!

November 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm
(228) jackie says:

i have fallen the day before Halloween and my rib was hurting the next day. doctor doesn’t think its broken but i have gotten sick. she says i had a fever, high blood pressure and swollen tonsils. she gave me a antibiotic and a inflammatory pill. i thought i was getting better but still was congested and had a terrible cough the whole time. then couple days after finishing my antibiotics i got a fever again im achy and in pain, coughing worse and have headaches, i feel nauseous and have stomach pain . this been going on for 2 weeks now. my mom says i have the flu but im not getting any better. cant afford to see a doctor again.

November 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(229) Stephanie says:

The past week, I’ve been feeling light headed, dry cough, stuffy noise, feeling like something is sitting on my chest, loose stools and feeling very weak. I just want it to stop :(

November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm
(230) sue says:

I started to get the feeling like I knew I got something vicious. Weakness starting midday, then crappy by night. Went to bed, didn’t sleep well, woke up with fever, chills, body aches, started coughing a little and when I coughed, my head will almost explode. When I took an advil, I went from shivering with a high fever to burning up! But my fever was down. Went to bed, took Robitussin, felt like I was underwater. I was dizzy. Didn’t sleep that well, tossed and turned, freezing to death with 5 blankets on top of me with a high fever. Next day, same thing, cough progressing, chest and diaphragm pain. Started leftover penecillan. Went to bed. Slept for 3 hours and woke up in a puddle of sweat!! Very gross!! Hot and cold all night again. Next day started Mucinex. That helps. Makes me feel alright, have some energy to clean and cook a little. Went to bed, finally fell asleep around 5:45, slept 1 hour, woke up in a puddle of sweat! This started Monday. It is now Friday. When the medicine wears off, the chills and fever start to come back. Extremely bad cough, yellow phlegm, head hurts to cough. Still can’t sleep. Still dizzy.

November 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(231) Susan says:

Your comments are extremely helpful. I have been feeling like I’m a whining hypochondriac because I’m still sick at week 7.5. I woke up on Sept. 20th with a raging migraine, (not just any migraine — migraine with vertigo — which is extremely weird), stabbing ear pain, sore throat that felt like I’d been burned, and coughing. I usually try to tough it out, but the SOP didn’t work. Went to the doc on 9/26. The doc didn’t even check my throat probably because I did not have a fever but she did prescribe Butalb-Acetamin-Caff 50-325-40 for the raging migraine. The Butalb took the edge off the migraine. By that Friday migraine was still raging, sore throat, stabbing ear pain. Went to a new doc because I had realized by Friday that the first one did not check my throat (the headache was my overriding symptom and I could barely think straight). He prescribed more Butalb and gave me a course of Azithromycine 250MG for my “red throat.” [At this point all I wanted was some REAL migraine meds.] Then, on Sat., 10/22, after a sleepless migraine night, I went to the ER Saturday morning with my severe migraine, stabbing ear, almost nonexistant-by-now sore throat, but still coughing. No fever, blood pressure was up by 30 points (the top number) from Friday, 9/30, was checked for Strep (didn’t have it), had a brain scan to check to see if there were any tumors causing the migraine, and was prescribed 10-day course of antibiotics, Ibuprofin for migraine during the day and 1 Vicodin to take at night (total of 10 pills prescribed and I still have one left!). It’s now Nov. 11. Still have a mild throat/gland thing going on, still have occasional stabbing in my right ear, and the ever present now lower-grade migraine. And, of course, there has been a bright side to all of this — I have lost some pre-holiday weight. Yay! By my calculations after reading all of the posts, maybe I only have a few more weeks of this to go. Good luck everyone!!

November 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm
(232) Karen says:

Chicagoland area.
Its month now for me. Started mid October. Chills, stomach pain, nausea, extreme fatigue. All I wanted to do was sleep. Also very stiff and painful neck. That lasted about 4 days felt better for a few and then I would do the up and down thing for a few days. The at about the 3 week point I started for a couple days with my throat burning and itchy. Then went downhill again with extreme fatigue, headache,then cold symptoms. Cold symptoms are letting up now but I keep getting a weird spacey dizzy feeling, almost like a pressure in my head. Fatigue.

November 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm
(233) Tanu says:

Hi, I reside in Canada, my friend is REALLY sick after she got her 2 shots before her trip to Vietnam to prevent a sickness going on, and right after she got her shot, her sister was sick in the meanwhile, shortly, she also got sick…but worse. I felt really bad for her, she has dry cough, stuffy nose, throat infection, HII fever headaches pain, vomiting, and stomach weakness..Im not sure whats going on but its been going for about a week now, and Im quite worried about her. I dont know how I should help her as I have given her every bit of advice I know :( I feel bad..

November 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm
(234) Jim says:

This thread has help me diagnose that I probably have a strain of it as well.

About 2 weeks ago I started with dizziness at work (retail manager) but just brushed it off. Last week my sinus pressure was so bad I wanted to blow my brains out. Last night my GERD acted up like no other and had my heart racing. Today I woke up and feel like a bus hit me. Sweated all day long, followed by spells of cold chills. Intense migraine with some sinus pressure/dizziness when I stand up. Clogged up nose with what feels like dry mucous. Stuffed up ears. Body aches and neck is tight and stiff. I don’t have a way to call out of work, so any suggestions on how to make it thru the day?

November 12, 2011 at 1:05 am
(235) Jim says:

I forgot to mention I’m in Northern VA

November 12, 2011 at 8:27 am
(236) From KC says:

My 7 year old suddenly had onset of bad stomach ache, within 15 minutes began having diarehha, then vommitting. Up 3 times in the night with both. Bad smelling gas and a fever.

November 13, 2011 at 7:54 am
(237) Amy says:

I went to work on Thursday with a stuffy nose which is not unusual as I have allergies this time of year, but within a few hours of being at work I got a horrible headache and felt like my ears were filling with water. I got dizzy and nauseous and came home from work. I took some NyQuil and went to sleep and slept for five hours, then got up but still felt bad. I also felt feverish. That night I got the really runny nose, sneezing, watery, burning eyes and hacking cough, but not a sore throat. I have had the headache and pressure in my ears the whole time. I missed work on Friday, spent Saturday in bed. Last night I woke up drenched in swaet so I guess my fever finally broke. Now it’s Sunday and I’m still having all the symptoms but the real problem is the overwhelming fatigue. If I am not better by tomorrow I am going to the doctor and have them do the flu test. I don’t want to go back to work and spread the flu.

November 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm
(238) Heather says:

Columbus, ohio. Hi. I have been battling something for a week and a half and I started off with a slight sore throat and felt really terrible and that night went to bed and woke up feeling like I got hit with a truck and just felt really yucky but I had a runny nose and had a 101.8 temp and had really bad cold chills and on and off felt really warm and sneeze alot too plus my sore throat got worse too and a few days later I felt better and tonight I feel horrible again and I feel ran down and my stomach is bothering me like I gotta throw up but nothing happens and had diarrhea once already and I’m not going to the doctors cause they order ppl to stay home and don’t come in contact with other ppl and medicine ain’t gonna work at all just some of the effects of it. But I won’t get the flu shot cause I don’t trust it with my life and I have read about it and it’s shocking about what stuff they put in it and I know a few ppl who’s die from the flu shot and it’s everyone’s choice. But hope everyone gets well. Thanks!

November 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm
(239) Jay says:

I got it a week and a half ago, started out with a bad headache and dry congestion. For the first couple days it didn’t seem so bad, just felt exhausted and like someone was sitting on my chest, then the cough and sore throat set in for about a week. Still going through it but the headache is better and just today I’ve been coughing so hard I am vomiting. I will never get a flu shot because chances are you will still get the flu as well as maybe some kind of mercury or aluminum poisoning on top of it.

November 16, 2011 at 11:32 am
(240) p coward says:

I’ve had this flu now going on 4 weeks,it started off with fever,headaches and stuffyness,then the coughing started,now I feel as though my ears are filled with water and constantly have to ask people to repeat what they’re saying to me.i have taken sudafed,honey,ginger,lemons lemsip everything.i keep going back to the drs who tell me its a viral????

November 17, 2011 at 12:15 am
(241) MalenaNJ says:

I am 36 years old and live in Northern NJ. I work in a DR office and a staff member came in sick 3 weeks ago. Two days later she felt better but apparently I took it home to my family. My husband is still coughing but never had a fever. Just stomach issues loss of appetite(strange for him lol) and this hacking cough. My daughter caught it a week later shes almost fully better shes 17 but had a fever for a full week. Dr swabbed found nothing called it viral also. I was giving them both vicks honey cough meds it quieted cough enough to sleep and has a tolerable taste. I have now caught it and I am asthmatic. Well kill me now because I cough so hard I want to vomit. (actually have a few times) crippling fever only lasted a full day but thank god it was a sunday that I was able to sleep ALL day. Was alive again on Monday with plenty of cough and weezing. Dr gave me tamiflu when I called him Saturday but apparently only helped enough to kill the fever faster. I am now on prednisone and a rescue inhaler that I normally only use once or twice a year because my asthma is controlled and my home is clean and smoke free. Vicks over the counter cold and flu liquigels help control my cough during the day and theraflu (yup tastes like crap) but works like a miracle keep me sleeping well all 6 hours of the night. Good luck to you all.. Wash hands, Cough into elbow bends, Dont share drinks lets try to stay healthy (once we finally get there again..)

November 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm
(242) Dee J D says:

My husband and I both have the same virus. Starts out with a sore throat, bad ankle pain and leg cramps. Really strange, getting through the day, but not fun. Something funky in Northwest Indiana.

November 18, 2011 at 9:39 am
(243) Chris M says:

About a month ago, I thought I was coming down with the stomach flu. Never vomited, but felt very nauseous. It’s been a little over a month now, and it’s on and off nausea. If I don’t have nausea, I feel fatigue and just overall sick.

The gastro doctor said he thinks I have a chronic virus. He encouraged me to get off the BRAT diet I was on for a month, eat more nutrient rich foods, and take a Probiotic and Prevacid. They seem to be helping, but it’s still not gone.

Has anyone heard of viruses lasting this long? The doctor said viruses could last for months. I always thought viruses were over in a few days.

November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am
(244) Jim C says:

54 year old male awoke to being dizzy 2 mornings ago this will be the 3rd day along with slight sore throat no fever to speak of as its 98.7 I have all joints in body ache along with some nausea but I am able to eat and drink,its mainly the dizziness that gets on my nerves right now. I do have some pressure sensations in my ears and I find myself yawning alot. I had the flu shot Sept 1st 2011 Just feel really strange and taking Nyquil helps me to rest at night….anyone else have these symptoms?

November 19, 2011 at 6:42 am
(245) Tom Mason says:

i’m immune- i can’t get it.

November 20, 2011 at 11:22 am
(246) kimmy says:

I have been sick for eight days now. Whole body hurts and really weak. I went to the Dr Thursday and have been on antibiotics since Thursday afternoon and don’t feel any better. Dr said I had a upper respiratory infection and the flu. I have had the flu before but not lasting this long. Im starting to worry and everything is going through my mind like cancer. I just don’t know how the flu could last this long.

November 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm
(247) Jeff says:

Im in the southwest suburbs of chicago IL, i was at my friends house yesterday when all of the sudden i was hit hard with extreme dizziness, i went out side to get some air but it didnt help.. i felt super dizzy and threw up a number of times from about 8pm till 2am when i finaly fell asleep. woke up dizziness not as bad still dont feel right and am having trouble holding down food and water

November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am
(248) shabeeu says:

I’m a teen and I moved to colombo very recently from the Uk I got a very bad cold and ir’s hard for me to walk and standup my friend said i was just lazy i have my exams coming uo next week and I forgot i had my music exam today and my head hurts. I don’t know what to do i’m feeling sorta suicidal and bored too and when i type it hurts my hand.

November 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm
(249) Sara says:

I live in the Atlanta area, and I’m on day 6 of the flu (at least I assume it’s the flu… I didn’t get tested, but have the classic symptoms). It started with a very strong headache that came on suddenly. The headache was so bad that pain relievers didn’t help. I left work early, and slept for 16 hours! I have extreme fatigue, bad headache and pressure, ear aches, sore throat, & body aches… basically I feel floored. Last night, I wanted to help my husband out (who’s been taking care of me… good man) by emptying the dishwasher. After that simple task, I was completely wiped out and had to get back in bed. Still feeling weak today. I hate this too because I’m missing work and feel guilty. :/

November 23, 2011 at 1:29 am
(250) mer says:

Southwest iowa. Friday I have bad gas and Saturday bad dirreha with the fever that night. Sunday dirreha with fever. Monday fever gone still dirreha. Tuesday dirreha gone stomach aches little.

November 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm
(251) virginia says:

I think I have the flu. I got sick about 3 weeks ago, I was so sick with sore throat, cough, head and chest congestion. I went to the doc, took antibiotic, and other med. The cough hung on for about a week. I thought I was getting Well. H
ere a week later it came back. It is Thanksgiving Eve. I don’t know how I am going to be able to go through this again so soon. I am so weak, and emotional. I deliver mail so I will have to go back to work fri. and sat. Not allowed a day off. I wish the doc. could put me in the hospital so the post office would see how sick I really am. Tell me what to do. Do I have the flu or cold or virus or what the heck do I have.

November 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm
(252) Dave says:

Nasty bug. Was dizzy a few weeks ago. Did not know what to think of it. Tried some heavy cardio workouts to make sure I wasn’t going to drop of a brain tumor. Still alive. Then the coughing started . . but it started deep in my chest, as opposed to the long drawn out process of moving from nose, to throat to lungs. Still dizzy, but only shortly after a coughing fit. Daughter of almost 3 years had hacking cough for a couple of days, then the ear ache. Doctors visit came up with pneumonia. Antibiotics. She is getting better. I never went to the doctor . . . I figure that is what Google is for . . hence my reading of this stream. Although I thought I was getting better as the cough is less persistent (just more powerful and less fulfilling when the attacks come on) I just this evening seem to be developping a fever and the diarrhea. Great. Diarrhea + violent coughing fit = frequent underwear changes. Oh well. Good luck to everyone. Misery loves company so . . . thanks! From the East coact of Quebec.

November 24, 2011 at 12:01 am
(253) MalenaNJ says:

Went back to Dr friday and he gave me a Zpack. I feel 80% better but still have that fantastic cough that people give you dirty looks over even when you are coughing into your elbow bend and not on them. My daughters cough is gone, my husband is fine except for a lingering tummy issue. I have no fever, no sore throat, but have aquired the tummy problem. Starts off like bubbling tummy and doesnt end up well. Its a mutiny.. not good… This cold/flu/virus/pandemic is a bit crazy and far spread so it seems. Happy thanksgiving all..

November 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(254) Lynne says:

This past Wednesday, after a normal day at work (i work with children), i came home and felt weak, so i took a nap, and a few hours later began vomiting. It happened in short intervals, and only last until around 2:30am on Thursday(Thanksgiving). I stayed in bed all Thanksgiving day and ate nothing but a cracker and some chicken broth. (What a yummy Thanksgiving feast, huh?)
Friday i remained in bed and ate nothing but a piece of lightly buttered toast and some pears in the morning. Saturday i was up and about, feeling pretty much recovered. I’m pretty sure it was just a 24 hour bug, because my mother got it from me and had the same symptoms.
Today, i am still feeling a little weak, i ate part of a baked potato with bacon and cheese, but still hardly have an appetite, i have no nausea, but my stomach still feels uncomfortable, i keep feeling as if i need to burp, and i’m having some trouble breathing in deep. Is this normal or should i be worried?

Any information would be appreciated.

November 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm
(255) nikki says:

a few days ago i started coughing a productive cough. This morning i woke up with.a.sore throat, sneezing, stuffy head, ears.ringing, and extrremely.tired. . .Ohh how i.wish this was.over

November 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(256) Official says:

I have similar symptoms but more ? Severe migraines , nausea , stomach cramps leg and arm pain, neck pain like by the bone, on and off hot flashes other wise I’m extremely cold my eyes hurt like heck all this through out the day since 7 am through out school

November 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm
(257) Amber says:

I think I may have swine flu. I have some of the symptoms but I think there’s also something growing on the back of my tongue, like mold. It makes my mouth taste horrible. Could this be something else?

November 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm
(258) kim Stewart says:

Started yesterday with a massive headache,pain all down back into legs. Fever of 101 and chills. Have not left bed…i dread getting up to use the bathroom. Takes all my energy. Still can eat and no stomach issues.

November 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm
(259) christine says:

27 year old healthy female here…prone to winter allergies especially sinus pressure…went to docs nov 10th thinking sinus infection, gave me flonase….last week I called in complaining of sinus pressure, sensitivity to light, and extremely tired…finished zpack..did nothing for me…still today 3 wks later I feel horrible….swollen lymph nodes, sinus pressure, fullness in ear, loss of appetite, sooooo fatigued, weak and just out of it!!! Strangely never once have had a fever or sore throat…doc doing labwork…just want to feel better!!! I’m in northern va

November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm
(260) Sue says:

Amber my whole family and the workers in our home all have what you have. I don’t think it’s swine flu. It’s some nasty bug that starts with what feels like someone painted something thick down your throat – mildly painful too. then extreme cold symptoms. You’ll know it if you get this one. Your nose runs absolutely uncontrollably. Then the lovely cough. Good luck – it seems to take a week to get over and it’s super contagious. We’re in the suburbs of Chicago.

November 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm
(261) Kate says:

My symptoms started yesterday. Sudden onset of a severely runny nose, with record breaking sneezing. Also, dry cough and terrible headache, and beyond exhausted. Can’t sleep due to cough, I even took cough syrup with codeine. I left work early yesterday and stayed home today. I have never had cold symptoms like this in my life. It feels like I have been run over by a bus. I am in Bellevue, WA.

November 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm
(262) Tyler says:

I was in Kankakee IL this last weekend with my family. We went to IHOP and I ate an omelet, and once we got home I felt sick. My skin felt super sensitive, my head felt heavy, and I was tired. The next morning my throat was sore but my skin wasn’t as sensitive. That day we drove back to Indiana where we live. That night when I slept, I drenched my sheets with sweat and couldn’t sleep very well. The next morning I couldn’t hear out of my right ear, my throat was sore, but my skin was back to normal. I stayed in all day and layed around. The next day I had the same symptoms: couldn’t hear (This time out the left ear) and my throat was sore. And today my throat is coated and it is hard to talk without constantly clearing my throat, my left eye is swollen and mucas is running out, my throat kind of hurts, but my hearing is a little better. I feel like this is going to keep on going and going and I’m going to keep getting different random symptoms. I am in Anderson, IN.

November 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm
(263) blessed says:

Pray, eat, stay hydrated, and rest,..this stuff lingers and seems to run through your body attacking anything it sees as being weak. Stay encouraged and blessed.

November 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm
(264) mandy george says:

Hi all poorly people..like me you prob feeling extremely unwell..to start with just a headache tense muscles,then a few sneezes a cough which I do have even when well…then it hit me my back was agony,kidney area..sore throat,acheing joints,high temperature, feeling sick,although not been sick,dehydrated,waking up soaked through with sweat,extreme tiredness,and last but not least an unusual odour..quite a horrible smell but an ill smell, you’ll know who’s got this bug when you’re sat next to them ! So my advice polkitely move unless you want it all over again but eat, sleep,or rest and plenty of water,ginger biscuits or ginger ade help sickness feeling, windeze tablets ,beechams and get well soon…this must be a viral flu not in the vacination because I had mine and it covered three types normal influenza,swine flu and californian flu, I live in uk..so norovirus maybe stronger than we think..get well you poorly people tlc and love xx

November 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm
(265) Ozzie says:

My 13 year old son got a temperature of 101, headache, dizziness. Today is day 5 and the fever is down, but very achy joints and cough. A flu cough is usually dry, but his cough is in his chest and “productive”. May be another virus, not sure. We are in GA, but we had been in Fl 3 days when symptoms began.

December 1, 2011 at 9:23 am
(266) Claire says:

I have been experiencing flu symptoms since Tuesday. I have chills, serious joint aches, ear ache, head ache, sweating to the point of soaked when I sleep, major stomach and intestinal cramping, but no cough, no diahrea and no fever (or my thermometer is bad). I live in Maryland.

December 1, 2011 at 9:58 am
(267) Jake says:

horrible swelling in the throat, muscle spasms, pain in the muscles,serious fatigue, crying constantly but im not sad just leaky runny nose coughing full on painfully. it hurts to brath been going since monday i live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma sneezing and fever to.

December 1, 2011 at 9:58 am
(268) Jake says:

horrible swelling in the throat, muscle spasms, pain in the muscles,serious fatigue, crying constantly but im not sad just leaky, runny nose, coughing full on painfully. it hurts to brath been going since monday i live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma sneezing and fever to.

December 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm
(269) David says:

Hardly had a cold in the last few years. Now I have already gotten two since Sept. The one I have now wont let me go. Started feeling lousy two weeks ago, lethargic with headache. Then a non-stop dry short cough with some sinus congestion. Coughing up constant clear stuff in the morning with a tinge of blood sometimes, especially in the morning. Able to sleep at night but I have woken up with violent coughing episodes -Even during the day at times. Now I have a mild sore throat that started a few days ago. My chest feels like needles are poking me and can never clear my lungs it seems. Wheezing at times. I feel good now in the middle of the day but I know I will feel terrible at bed time and when I get up. Hopefully this ends soon. Good luck to all.

December 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm
(270) David says:

Oh, forgot to mention. 50 years old, nonsmoker, exercises regularly and live in Albuquerque where it is dry and cold.

December 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(271) Mel says:

There is a horrible stomach flu (virus) going around that causes severe vomiting and diahrrea. Then the muscles and joints ache and there is a low-grade fever. It lasts 24-48 hours and then takes a couple of more days to gain back your strength. Beware, it is highly contagious! From Houston, TX.

December 2, 2011 at 5:06 am
(272) Michelle Bowen says:

I have been sick for over a week now, it started with exhaustion, I just can’t seem to stay awake more than 2 to 6 hours at a time. Although when I try sleeping most nights I can’t do anything.

I felt a little nacious had some diarhea, coughing finaly started, and some other minor things. But the big thing dragging me down is this constant fatigue.

Usually the only thing that makes me so tired is Bronchitis but the Drs on Monday said my lungs were fine. That was of course before the coughing set in. This is miserable……(faints from exhaustion)

December 2, 2011 at 8:40 am
(273) karl says:

I’m in the UK, not felt too good for just coming up to 2 weeks now.. lightheaded, dehydrated, fever, dry cough, feel weak and very tierd, aching joints.

December 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm
(274) Doogie Howser, M.D. says:

“Shore throw”? Sore throat, fool. I love how he spelled diarrhea correctly though.

December 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm
(275) Carol says:

I am glad to have found this Thread, because at least I know I’m not the only one going through this Sinus Crap.

I am a 50 yr old Female from Wisconsin whose had Extreme Fatique, Headache, Sinus Congestion, flushed feelings, light headedness, hurts to talk sometimes as well because of a scratchy throat, pains in my Head, Burning in the upper left quadrant area of my Stomach, Heartburn, lack of appetite, which all started about 4 weeks ago. I just finished the Z-pak and not only did it not help, but it caused me to have to take Immodium for, well, you know. I wish this would just be done with already, as I am really tired of being sick, and want my Life back. I am an on-the-go type of person and this has me stopped in my tracks..

At least I still have my Packers to look forward too today!! Go pack!!

December 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm
(276) Karen says:

Last Monday night I was nauseated and threw up several times. I had a slight fever for a few days. I had diarrhea starting the next day and still have symptoms. The strange thing is I still feel nauseated after eating and am very, very cold most of the time. My husband came home from work Friday at noon with the same symptoms. He also feels nauseated after eating anything and complains of being very cold. Neither of us have much energy. We live in Southern California. We both had flu shots in the fall.

December 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm
(277) carole says:

I came down with whatever on Wed at work..left early that day. Thursday my body was in pain, and with the worst headache I can thik of…this lasted all day …then by Friday sam feelings. At night my body felt like needles in my neck, shoulders and down my back to my ankles. No fever, nothing. Just the worst head and neck ache a long with vilent pain ion my back, and legs……this was weird. No temp……now I have a deep cough and some mucus in chest……still no temp…This sucks

December 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm
(278) Flu? says:

Sneezing for a couple of days.
Vomitted once in A.M.
Diahrea for 2 days (so far…) liquid yellow smells sick septic
No fever but stomach and body aches.

Live in ATL – GA

December 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(279) Flu? says:

When I say diahrea I mean 20 times in one day!!

December 5, 2011 at 9:52 am
(280) amy says:

I started out vomiting then woke up the next day with a fever, chills, sweats and body aches. When I was well enough the next day to take my temperature it was 102.4. It stayed and broke for 4 days. About 8 times a day my fever would spike. More vomiting. Finally after six days I stopped fevering but I felt like I got hit by a truck. My muscles were very sore. I thought it would be over but I couldn’t stop feeling lethargic. I went to docs and he gave me xray and antibiotics when xray showed inflamation. Now six days into antibiotics I am still throwing up once a day, very dizzy and very tired. Coughing up a lot of mucus and having shortness of breath. Have to go for follow up soon. This has been two full weeks of being ill. Its aweful.

December 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm
(281) Adam says:

12/6/11 North Suburb of Chicago.

Flu-like symptoms that include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pains, body aches, fatigue (can’t stand for very long) and cold sweats. (not sure if i have a fever). going on 24 hours with these symptoms, except the vomiting seems to have stopped.

December 8, 2011 at 12:28 am
(282) Nancy says:

Dec 7th

I live in Michigan. I woke up yesterday with a fever, chills, all over body aches. It was hard to get out of bed. It seemed to have came out of nowhere. I had to leave work early. I also have extreme diarrhea. Unsure if this is the flu.


December 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm
(283) teresa says:

My 1 year old was sick for about a month. Nasal congestion, high fever, diarrhea, fatigue. The nasal congestion developed into a double ear infection. Over the course of the month he was put on 3 different antibiotics. Augmentin finally helped him to feel better. Just as he was finishing his antibiotic, my four year old and I developed symptoms as well. Dizziness, mild fever that would not go away even with advil or tylenol, stomach upset, diarrhea, extreme fatigue. I started Augmentin yesterday and feel better already. Not great, but better. My daugther’s pediatrician is taking a “wait and see” approach, so she is still miserable. For me the extreme tiredness and feeling spacy were the worst parts.

December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm
(284) Pex says:

I have one disease! Too many times I have a runny nose, and throat hurts! Like 6,7 times a month! This is happening after my ear problem! Help me!

December 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm
(285) Mary says:

I live in North Texas. I came down with this on Wednesday, Dec Th. Now I work from home but still omg what a long day it was. I thought I was getting better today.. Saturday but I feel like it’s hitting me all over again, and now it’s also in my left ear with a stuffy nose. This BUG IS HORRIBLE!!!!!

symptoms Fever, extreme diarrhea, sore throat, body aches, chills. Sounds like the flu to me and I got the flu shot back in October.

December 12, 2011 at 2:37 am
(286) NanaZ says:

Ugh, god. I’ve been feeling sooo tired since the 8th, last Thursday. Felt like puking, no puke though. Feel like I have constipated diarrhea. Mostly gassy and my stomache is simply bubbly and talkative. I eat and feel awful. I don’t eat and feel little better, but lethargic. No appetite.

December 12, 2011 at 3:05 am
(287) Richard says:

Chills. Shivers. Chills. Sleep. (16hr+ per day) Then sweats.
More sleep.
No runny nose etc.
Flu? Strange.
6 days now. Improving.
65. N. Indiana.

December 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(288) Chris maynard says:

I have a very bad throat , my breathing is slightly heavier , I have an aggressive cough bringing up phlegm at time , I feel very cold and shivering even though the heating is full on , been unwell for about 4 days so far . I live in the uk

December 13, 2011 at 8:38 am
(289) Lauren says:

Terrible aches throughout my back and legs, fever and now I have a dry cough. Could barely sleep all night due to the intense aches. Loss of appetite, but no nasuea or vomitting. Just incredibly achy. Took a bath in Epsom salts which gave some temporary relief. Still have a small fever. Feel very tired and weak. Will be in bed all day that’s for sure!

December 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm
(290) sue says:

Sick for 11 days now, cough driving me crazy, aches and chills, appetite still really good. Really tired and eyes are burning, taking Tylenol couple times a day. Dr. gave me antibiotics, made me sicker. No fever at all, want to get better.

December 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm
(291) Carla says:

I started out with a sore throat, back ache,, ear ache, I coughed all night and can’t keep down anything I have a consistent fever of 99.7. I feel like crap!

December 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm
(292) kels says:

my boyfriend has had a common cold. ive been taking my vitamins and keeping up on my fluids but i guess that doesnt matter. Within the past 6 hours of studying i have developed a sore throat, i have been exhausted, my muscles have started aching to the point where i struggle getting up, and ive been so unbelievably cold; even after putting layers and layers on while drinking warm fluids. I took a hot shower to try to warm up but i got unbelievably dizzy and lightheaded. All i can say is i think the shower was a bad idea because my body aches even more.

December 15, 2011 at 12:35 am
(293) Hydrin says:

This started last Thursday, I was dragging around exhausted. Saturday I woke up with sore neck and back , my legs have been aching. I have had a terrible headache for days now , I also lost my voice and have a slight cough. I can,t seem to get warm and I am still trying to get my energy back this is 7days now. I had some Slight stomach problems but nothing terrible, my appetite has been just fine.

Btw had the flu shot in november

December 16, 2011 at 11:48 am
(294) karima says:

i have been having runny nose, dizziness, body ache, itchy throat for over 5days but the past two days i am having sore eyes, sore throat, hardly can swallow, itchy throat, headache (as bad that i can’t sleep from the pain),body ache especially back ache,sleepless nights, constipation and a bit of fever. i usually don’t go to doctor for cold or flue and i take some medicines at home. it looks like, non of the medicines are working and my condition is not improving. i take a lot of fluid, vitamin c, tea with lemon and honey but its not helping..

December 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm
(295) alexis says:

Started last week , just tired and kinda out of whack, then 4 days ago it hit. I developed stuffy nose, itchy throat, cough, nausea(never threw up) ,and pressure in sinus.
Now my voice is gone, sound like an 90 year old man!
My throat hurts, and coughing up phlem, thick, nose stuffed, and alot of pressure in head. Seems like during the day you feel better, and then whamo! new sysmptoms at nite. I work at a hospital got my flu shot in Oct. My boss said this is very aggresive, and cant turn to infection fast, he toke z-pak antiobiotics and it worked, now I’m not big on antiobiotics unless it’s a have to, but I’ve been taking GSE, and Collidial Silver, 3xs a day, and Vit C 1,000 mg every hour, and Garlic oil cap 5,000 mg x2 a day with tons of water, about to get airborne , if I do not improve I’m z-paking it, because he said cleared it right up! hope this helps . So California

December 17, 2011 at 11:52 am
(296) Richard says:

103 temp, very achy body and joints especially knees and back. Drank copious amounts of water went to bed and took tylenol. 24 hours later I feel 80% better, only the remnants of aches and tire easily but on the mend. Water does wonders.

December 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm
(297) Chris says:

I’m from AZ. I had a slight sore throat and the next day woke up with it hurting way worse. There is also an irritation on my tongue as if it’s really raw. My lymph nodes on the left side of my neck are swollen and painful and while I don’t feel sleepy I have been sleeping a lot since my body feels achy and worn out. My voice is not lost yet but I am also trying to not talk very much since it hurts. Feels like there is a lump in my throat when I swallow and it is also making my ears hurt and ring. My body is slightly warmer but no fever yet. I’ve been taking vitamin C, orange juice, soup, water, and OTC meds to try to nip it before it gets way worse. Hope I don’t lose my voice completely but I’m only at the end of day two of feeling ill.

December 19, 2011 at 2:42 am
(298) Margo -Denver, Colorado says:

Late in the evening I developed a slight upset stomach (no big deal). I went to bed and then woke up around 2am wanting to vomit. I sat up in bed and it worsened and I felt very dizzy. I got to the bathroom as soon as possible and passed out instead of vomiting. I woke up with sweaty clothes so I probably had a fever and my body (and the cold bathroom floor) took care of it. I think I only passed out for about 20 mins but I can’t be sure…it’s a blur. I relaxed on the cold floor for awhile and then quickly hopped in the bath. By now my back was begining to ache as well. I used the bath to help me avoid the nasuea and relax my muscles. I then crawled into bed and spent the next 9-10 hours sleeping (waking once in awhile). I didn’t feel hungry the entire day but did sip some water for a few hours then that late afternoon/evening had a V8 fruit drink. I still have muscle aches but hope it will be resolved completely by tomorrow.

The weird thing about all of this is that I had the flu shot early in November. I had a similar flu like this over Thanksgiving weekend and now I have the flu AGAIN? I know there are various strains of flu. I’m just wondering if anyone else is experiencing the stomach flu multiple times?

December 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm
(299) Deb says:

Las Vegas – started feeling crappy about 3 weeks ago, turned into strep throat, 7 days of anitbiotics, then a cough, now head cold, feeling like crap, stomach is acting up, can’t get rid of it, like some nasty, flu, cold, intestinal bug thing!!everyone in the office is down with something, bronchitis and the like, and I got a flu shot too in November! No fever at any time, but my throat still yucky, like there’s something there. Very, very tired, head-achy too. What is this thing.

December 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm
(300) chessy says:

Friday night I started feeling achy and a sore throat. I woke up saturday extremely tired, very achy and still sore throat. I began feeling feverish constantly going from chills and sweats. I have been taking ibprophen round the clock to keep from feeling like death. Red spots on back of throat but neg strep test. On day four with no easing up. I don’t know what else this could be

December 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm
(301) Aimee says:

I live in AZ and sounds like I have same viral crud as chris. I have just been trying to rest (when my kid lets me as I caught this from him) and push fluids. I have also alternated Tylenol and ibuprofen and when throat hurt gargling with warm salt water did help. I wish parents would have enough common sense to have their kids stay home from school when they are ill. My son seems to be much better one week later.

December 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm
(302) Wilford says:

In uk similar symptoms pains in ribs, gas, diahorrea, stuffy nose,headache ect, been going on for nearly 7 weeks. Now trying anti biotics.

December 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm
(303) Wilford says:

In uk similar symptoms pains in ribs, gas, diahorrea, stuffy nose,headache ect, been going on for nearly 7 weeks. Now trying anti biotics.

December 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(304) hydrin says:

this is day 11 still feeling tired. The headache, sore throat, and aches are gone but now I am coughing horribly at night, which I had’nt done before.. I have been sleeping and tired constantly, my voice is still terrible.
I finally got fed up with feeling this way and this afternoon took a cipro,. Now 8 hours later and I can’t believe my voice is back , I don’t feel tired ( but, I did have a long nap this afternoon) I got out of the chair and feel well enough to do some Christmas wrapping . I don’t know if it is the antibiotic but so far I am feeling better. Let’s hope it lasts. I have to say this has been the strangest cold that I have ever had.

December 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(305) Daveen says:

What I hated the most was that my throat was swollen and food could not be swallowed down. Been ill 3 weeks now, but getting better slowley.

December 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm
(306) Jody SW Ohio says:

Think this may be day one for me. Interesting, I got up at z10a, this morning and had a conference call. This is not unusual I worked late last night. Shortly after my call was over, I sneezed a couple of times and within about 30-45 minutes, I had a horrible headache and nausea had set to the point that I though I felt sure I would vomit. I went to the toilet a few times but no success, so I went back to bed and have been here all day. Still have headache and nausea but that is it for now. I will post again tomorrow with an update.

December 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(307) Marie says:

I started out with a few good sneezes 3-4 days ago which sent me straight to a stuffy nose,headache, cough and chills. The next day it was worse and on top of it anything I ate went right threw me even if I consumed something very small (diarrhea). Yesterday I was able to eat fine without it going right threw me, but still the stuffy nose, chills/fatigue, headache, and cough. So then I woke this morning at 4a.m very nauseous and started puking non stop with severe stomach cramping and spasms. One sip of gatorade and It would come back up, and the bile. Worse stomach pains ever. I finally am able to keep a small amount of gatorade down. I was vomiting for a solid 8 hours straight. :( I hope I can sleep now and i hope it gets better from here.

Muskegon, Michigan

December 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm
(308) prudence in md says:

dec 23, now on 8th day, cannot stand for more than 10 minutes become dizzy / lightheaded. Cannot drive so trip is cancelled till I feel better, which I hope is real soon, feels like a truck hit me with all the aches & pain. This is a bad Flu
out there. Stay well!!!

December 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm
(309) Holly says:

Started on Tuesday with just a little sneezing.Then came on the Stuffy head,coughing,Headaches,Body chills,Dizzy.No temp. but this is just awful! I feel like death right now. Been taking dayquil that didn’t help now trying Robitussin.I just wanna feel better!!! Had to call in at my job for the past 2 days because i can hardly get off the couch. This is a nasty cold/flu whatever it is.


December 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm
(310) eslam says:

last day when i came from the school ifelt my self dizzy with runny nose and sever headach i took paracetamol anti histminic and anti biotech i felt good and selpt well

December 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(311) eslam says:

my mother last night waked us with cough shivering sneezing body aches crying she can’t take her breeze she is pregnant in the seventh month she refeuse to take drugs alittle of parastamol and the problem not solvet please for help

December 24, 2011 at 10:58 am
(312) David says:

I have been feeling very sick for four days now. A headache that won’t go away, muscle soreness, no appitite at all, extreme chills to extreme (sweating), vomiting, and I cannot sleep more than 3.5 hours a day. I am a wreck.

December 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm
(313) Laura says:

It all started about 1 month ago…my brother had a wedding and we had over 75 family members in town (25 staying with us). One family member came into town with a lost voice. I started having symptoms a week before the wedding with general fatigue and tiredness. Then a slightly scratchy sore throat was present for a few days, and then I felt better. 2 days later, I woke up with a horrible sore throat and ended up losing my voice for the next 1.5 weeks. On top of the sore throat, I experienced a low grade fever (99.7) for about 5 days, a stiff neck, insomnia, nausea (no vomiting), headaches, and pain behind my eyes, leg cramps, runny nose and congestion on and off again, ear aches, cough, nasal drainage, and just general overall fatigue when doing simple activities like walking up the stairs. The most unique feature about this illness is its nature to come and go. Just when I thought I was feeling better, I would wake up the next morning with a completely new set of symptoms. Predominately the sore throat was the worse– lasting almost 4 weeks in total. The last 2 weeks were the worse for the throat. It was red and swollen, with little lymphadenopathy. It felt different from step throat, but the pain made it almost impossible to swallow solids or liquids. Unfortunately, over 18 of the original family members staying with us ended up coming down with a similar illness. Each person has their unique time-course of symptoms, but it seems that almost all the symptoms are present in some way or another. It has the same nature of coming and going as mine did, however some people have a predominant couch, while others have chest congestion…whatever is going on there is light at the end of the tunnel. 5 weeks later and I feel about 90% back to normal. I never tried antibiotics…just a lot of Nyquil and Advil to help with sore throat. I call it the Pharyngeal Monster! I hope this helps anyone who is experiencing similar symptoms. Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm
(314) LP Michigan says:

headache, low energy, sore throat, achey body, dizzy sensation, sweat and chills at same time sore back disinterested feeling

December 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm
(315) Crystal says:

Michigan-I’m feeling same symptoms. This has lasted 2 full days! I’m praying I wake up normal tomorrow!!!!

December 26, 2011 at 11:49 am
(316) Dee says:

Maryland – Sons were sick with serious cough and slight chills for 3 days. Diagnosed with a virus that just has to run its course.

Unfortunately, I caught whatever they had and more. It started Friday night, really tired and achy. Saturday and Sunday- terrible headache, body aches, chills, horrible dry cough couldn’t lifet my head off the pillow, no fever. Monday – finally able to get out of bed, still have cough w/ mucous, but not as bad as before, no more chills, headaches gone, but stiff neck due to awkward sleeping position. Worst Christmas ever!!!

December 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm
(317) Frank foster says:

So I spent Friday 23 and sat 24 fine. Smoking drinking, party. Christmas as I felt great, went over for dinner with friends. I checked with everyone I know and ruled out food poison, as we all ate the same thing. Checked all my friends, fine also.

Last night after dinner I felt crazy hiccups, 15 minutes, then fine. I laid down at 10pm and like a wave it hits me, gonna throw up. After 30 minutes of vomit I was only on bright yellow bile. The water I would intermittently drink would not hold. Then on one vomit I squirt diarrhea so I have to vomit on the toilet with a bucket. By 4am I have two glasses of water down and I only need to pee out my but every 2-3 hours. Sweating while in the moment, then freezing after cleanup.

Today I am feeling like a truck hit me. Tired and lethargic, I only attempted two glasses of water. They are down. Toilet every 35-40 minutes. Bright yellow bile.

Muscle pain, aches. My butt hole is hurt, from wiping, I am using the baby wipes to clean up and my acid burn. It’s bad.

I am in nor-cal. Hope the graphic decryption helps you all.

The aches are bad, my hamstrings hurt bad. Fever is 99.

December 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm
(318) Jen says:

Maryland- no fever, started 7 days ago with extreme migraine and extreme waves of nausea. thought I was better but still have absolutely no energy. threw up two nights ago and now have diarrhea. great Christmas.

December 28, 2011 at 1:22 am
(319) Nicole says:

Atlanta, Georgia My husband started coughing up phlegm this morning at around 9. He’s been bedridden all day with muscle aches, fatigue, chills, and loose very watery stools. It is now 1:17am and he is burning up! I’m about to give him some nightquil to see if it helps. So sudden!

December 28, 2011 at 3:06 am
(320) jenny says:

Started last Tuesday with a head ache, and upset stomache by morning it felt like an elephant had taken up residence on my chest, throat was on fire I was freezing and my ears were killing me. Went to the doc and said i had double ear infection, sinus infection and brochitius, was put on prednisone, and levequin. It is now a week later and after another trip to the dr with blood work up and chest xray they say it is just a virus. Now with spending the holidays with family my daughter is sick and so is my father. Just wanting to feel better soon!

December 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm
(321) Stacie says:

Hi Ya’ll – I’m in Louisiana and I pretty much have most of the same symptoms as many of you posting here. The odd thing is, although the symptoms are subtle as that I am not stuck in bed like the regular flu would do to you, I am really affected by this and cannot enjoy or perform my usual routine. Although as I said before – NOT bedridden.

Started as a cold sore or fever blisters a week before these symptoms:

Stiff Neck, neck sore and upper back achey and sore
Sore throat, scratchy throat, post nasal drip
Fatigue, tired, feel like can barely keep eyes open at times
HEADACHE like nobodies business!
Sinus pressure some facial pain
Off balance feeling, feeling “OFF” like a big heavy head
abdominal cramps
nausea (no vomiting)
Fullness in head and an almost “High” feeling in head
No sinus drainage, no mucus, no cough
a few sneezes…. Thought it was allergies but its bigger than that now

Cold sore started a week before “getting sick” with these symptoms which started on December 24th and have persisted through today December 28th

Going to MD tomorrow because I can’t handle the dizzy off feeling


December 29, 2011 at 3:41 am
(322) Sue says:

Going into my third day. Chills came on suddenly, fever and wet cough and fatigue. Fever broke during second night. Praying I’m on the back end of this and that I do now get my small children sick.

December 29, 2011 at 11:49 am
(323) oliver says:

woke up this morning in absolute agony, head to in pain! fell like a train has hit me, bad cough, horrific sore throut and consantly blowing my nose. I cant even to begin how being mobile is exhausting plus with only 8 hours sleep in 2 days. Im big on diet so I`ve had a fair amount of foot and OJ as well my vitamins does really help but what does`nt is the fact I played football (soccer) last night for hours on end while feeling ill hopefully I will be better for NYE, wish me luck

December 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm
(324) renee says:

On Sunday evening, after Christmas dinner i felt like maybe i’d overdone it — overly full from too much food and drink. The feeling got worse so that by bedtime, I had severe chills and and ached all over, esp. in my back. I woke up around 3:00 a.m. soaking wet, but feeling better. Thought it was just exhaustion from preparations for Christmas, lack of sleep, poor eating. Felt well enough on Monday (12/26) morning to go for a run, but felt a little nauseous during it. Throughout that day, I felt achey, especially, shoulders, back, and maybe hips, and had no appetite until around dinner time, and ate a small meal then. Chills (fever?) came back that night at bedtime. Woke up at midnight and vomited for three hours. I took emetrol which relieved the nausea enough for me to sleep. Slept till almost 3:00 the next afternoon (Tuesday -12/27). Have been functioning fairly normally since Wednesday (12/28) morning. It’s Thursday night now. Unfortunately, the nausea lingers. On the rare occasions that I’ve felt hungry enough to eat, I immediately regret doing so because I feel sick afterward. I think the last time I’ve had a normal appetite was Christmas eve or maybe Christmas day. Otherwise, I’m managing, maybe a little worn out from walking around with an upset stomach all the time. Just wondering if anyone’s experiencing this prolonged nausea and when I can expect it to go away. Never thought I’d wish for an appetite. I’m on vacation, and it stinks not to feel like eating.

December 30, 2011 at 2:29 am
(325) sucks in illinois says:

Hey, I am awake eating a poptart. It is 1 am ish. This is def going around. Have had every symptom you described down to the back ache and body aches.

December 30, 2011 at 6:06 am
(326) Mark says:

I went to a concert in mid November and the next day or two after I got a terrible head cold with that sore raw feeling in the back of my nose where it meets my throat on the left side. It was that familiar feeling where you could like taste being sick in the back of your throat and I had terrible sinus pain on the left side of my face as well, a dull achy headache, dizziness and fatigue. Fever was like so-so for the first few days but i don’t think it got that high maybe just a degree or so. I have a great immune system but it’s almost like this virus/cold is invisible to it or something.

So I had no energy and felt totally sick like a mega sinus congestion head cold from hell for the next week solid and could barely sleep as a result it was simply miserable. I was blowing my nose and stuffed up literally 24/7, I knew it was likely viral so I did not goto the doctors or take any antibiotics and I am not a big fan of them anyways since I had a terrible experience with Biaxin in the past and it made me nearly lose my mind and I got really sick from taking that garbage. I actually lost like 10 or 15 pounds years back due to Biaxin wiping out all my beneficial natural flora which can lead to malabsorbtion of food & nutrients in your stomach and I only started feeling better after lots of probioitcs, yogurt, and cheeses. Skip the Biaxin seriously anything but Biaxin! Bad bad bad bad stuff.

part 2 – >

December 30, 2011 at 6:08 am
(327) Mark says:

….just go read the many many bad experiences with it online they are easy to find in google and I’ll leave the warning at that. I have been drinking lots of hot tea with raw honey, eating plenty of garlic and ginger and also drinking plenty of water and taking some plain regular muccinex early in the day to help clear out the chest congestion which is really great stuff and helps just like it says it does and works good for sinus pressure too along with the Advil cold & sinus which I prefer over others as it’s ibuprofen in the advil version instead of the acetametophin or however it’s spelled that is in every other one and is very bad for your liver, toxic actually.

So after about 2 weeks from when I first got sick, I started to feel great and thought I was all the way over it. WRONG. My girlfriend had gotten it from me and was about halfway through her bout with it so sure enough I caught it again back from her except this time in my upper chest which sure enough turned into bronchitis and It’s the end of December now so this whole thing is literally going on 6 weeks+ and I’m pretty much almost all better now but just have had a lingering cough with lots of mucus this month, not really any fever or other symptoms just mostly a upper “chest cold” that was yellow mucus at first and is now all clear but it’s taking a really long time to go away all the way.

December 30, 2011 at 6:09 am
(328) Mark says:

It’s the kind of chest cold that just seems to be lingering and lingering but other than the upper chest congestion and constant clearing my throat and coughing to clear it I feel fine with a great appetite and I’m breathing fine now through the nose again thank God. Just maybe a little tired from all of this crap and ready to feel normal again and stop the coughing as I’m pretty strained everywhere in my chest muscles from it. I’m pretty sure this was all caused from the flu virus, likely H1N1 and I have not been sick in about 4 years or so that’s why I know this one is a badass superbug because otherwise I wouldn’t have even got it or it would have only lasted a few days not a month and a half now! This one is different so be patient and I hope everyone out there gets better soon. Get yourself some P73 oregano oil (very powerful antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal) and take a half dropper under the tongue two or three times a day as soon as you start having symptoms and some GSE mist in the nose with help kill the flu virus as well and keep you from getting a sinus infection that comes with it usually. Just hold off on those antibiotics though they will do more harm than good trust me you don’t need antibiotics you just need lots of rest and to let your body fight it off and it will if you let it.. Peace :)

December 30, 2011 at 9:50 am
(329) sucks in illinois says:

Mark, you probably developed a secondary infection which is not viral but bacterial. You could ask your doctor for a 5 day azitrhomax pack which will give you 10 days of antibiotic coverage. One of the problems with the viral flu, is that it can develop into secondary infections. It is important when you have this kind of prolonged infection, that you see a doctor before you develop a condition that is triggered with every upper respiratory infection. Once you start getting bronchitis, you are a candidate to get it repeatedly. I am all for natural healing, but recognize when mother nature can no longer provide the remedies that we need. Just think, antiobiotics were derived from the mold on an orange. Mother nature influences drug development and we are lucky that those drugs exist. Don’t prolong seeing the doctor when you get sick.

December 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm
(330) Anne Marie says:

Hello Everyone,
Sad to say our household has had this nasty virus passing back and forth like a ball game. From all symptoms everyone has mention. We started the virus first week in October! All of us have been on 3 different antbiotics with it either doing nothing or only making it better for a week or so. It’s a nasty lil devil that likes you to think it is gone but sneaks up and kicks you’re butt days later. It has many faces and almost 3 months later lingurs on. I have no idea what it is but wish it would pass. Wishing everyone to get better soon. Hope they find out what this is and how to get rid of it. Good luck…

A family in Mass

December 31, 2011 at 3:33 am
(331) Jackie says:

Out during the day/morning of Friday the 23rd felt like I had a hangover. Muscle pains…just felt like I needed to lie down. Got home had over a 102 fever it is now Dec.31 St and still running temp. It has been brutal. Everyone in my family except me got a flu shot. Chief complaint fever I can’t shake with that comes the aches and pains, but it’s this cough that is killing me. As it’s 3:30 in the morning and it is keeping me awake. It’s an unproductive cough for the most part. If my fever is not gone by Monday I will go to the Doctor…..I just NEED to sleep. Has anyone had success to suppress the cough? I have boughten 3 types of medicine and they haven’t helped.


December 31, 2011 at 11:43 am
(332) sucks in illinois says:

Delysm, a full strength dextramathorphan hydrobromide. Should be on the shevles or ask a pharmacist. You may need an inhaled corticosteriod for the short term.

January 2, 2012 at 10:55 am
(333) LynnO says:

I was sick for about 10 days in December. Started out with sore throat, then nasal congestion and slight cough. Symptoms disappeared for a week, then here comes the sore throat again. Nasal congestion, sneezing, headaches, achey feeling, disoriented feeling, ears feel plugged up, no appetite, chills, and yesterday nausea & vomiting. Northern California.

January 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm
(334) Joan says:

I’ve been feeling unwell for the last 3 to 4 weeks and my B/F has it now, also. I had flu shot in Sept. He did not. I started with weird pains in my scalp, ears, neck, throat & my normally feeling bad sinuses. I had a slight cough & slight fever, with general malaise & some unusual depressive feelings. Also had a dry heave or 2. Went to doctor, who asked if I was coughing; not much else & he prescribed antibiotics for what he called a sinus infection & bronchitis.This doesn’t feel like my usual sinus & bronchitis that I get almost every fall. Has far more symptoms & no green discharge as I usually get.
Antibiotics didn’t touch it but only gave me a fungal infection in my mouth & throat, which doc gave me a liquid to swish & swallow. Yuck!!
When I called doc’s office to say anti-B didn’t work & he sent another stronger one I couldn’t tolerate & stopped taking it. Called doc’s office again & they wanted me in again but refused. Told them I had same symptoms I had when I was there before. No need to see me again. Just needed a change of meds. Refused. 2 weeks later & I’m still feeling lousy. Still getting sporadic shooting pain in ears, sore throat, headaches that feel like a sinus infection w/o same symptoms & now…some deep coughing.
Also,B/F starts with throat trouble where he felt like he couldn’t get air, a lot of coughing, headaches, neck swellings, backache & all over pains. Didn’t go to doc. Slept a few days & took otc meds. Went to work today but I don’t think hes gonna make it. He has a strong work ethic & refused to take sick day.
I’ve had flu & this is different. Suggested maybe I was having a weaker form of flu since I had a shot ? Can’t tell & doc didn’t say.
Germ warfare? Or, maybe the gov’t has mistakenly released some virus material from their facilities ? If so, they’re not going to admit it. I even suspected mold ?
Hope we all feel better soon & get over whatever this thing is.
Oh yeah, I’m in New Jersey, by the way.

January 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm
(335) Joan says:

Almost forgot. Also had strange pain in my eyes. They felt dry & like I was punched in the eyeball. Thought it might be my eye drops, but no…it’s almost gone now. I just wonder what symptom’s gonna hit me next. B/F just called me from work. Sounds awful & having trouble hearing.

January 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm
(336) still sick says:

Portland, OR.

Two weeks ago, I began to feel very sick to my stomach and had terrible diarrhea which was at first halted by what I believe to be constipation from an unrelated source. When the diarrhea finally began there was lots of mucos and even a small amount of blood (light colored) within some of the mucos. There was constantly blood on the toilet paper. Lots of completely undigested food as well. My abdomens were very sore and I had an minor headache. A few days later I had blood in my stools again. This time, though still light in color, it was within the stool itself rather than surrounding it or the mucos.

Fifth day seemed to show that the diarrhea had slowly faded yet I was still having abdominal discomfort and lots of very loud flatulence. These symptoms have continued into the 14th day, today, as well as no appetite. Muscle or joint pains have also became apparent although I’m not sure which of the two it is. On the 13th day, yesterday, the flatulence had pretty much disappeared except for when waking and going to sleep. Now today, on the 14th day, there is practically no flatulence. However, the joint/muscle pains seems to of become more prominent and my stools still appear more flakey than average.

It should be noted that on New Years Eve, the 12th day, I decided to drink two dark beers thinking I was practically over the illness. That was a terrible idea, my abdomens became very sore ’til the following morning when my stool was very dark in color (I instantly feared it was blood from somewhere within the beginning of the digestive process) and with a much more refined, normal consistency than other stools throughout the illness.

Best of luck to you & take care.

January 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(337) Ken says:

I’m usually pretty healthy; get the seasonal flu every few years, along with some seasonal allergies. I Googled “Flu 2011″ because of how long this bugger is hanging on and how it seemed to get better, but then hit me again. It started with a slightly sore throat and that general run down feeling, and progressed to “flu status”. Aches, pains, some fever, sinus, “sneaky” diareah (sorry, TMI), eye pain, headache that won’t quit, massive drainage, and brick head. I was in bed for days. Perhaps the worst symptom was the sore throat. It hurt SO bad, I could barely swallow or sleep. My left neck gland was swelled up like a baseball. It subsided and I felt good enough to be up and about for Christmas. It’s going on three weeks and I’m back in bed again… and I don’t feel like doing anything. Not the worst flu in terms of intensity, but tenacious with a capital T. Stay on top of the sinus… or infection will follow.

January 3, 2012 at 2:27 am
(338) sucks in illinois says:

There are obviously two different types of “flu” viruses going around. One is the traditional upper respiratory flu with some weird symptoms associated with it. The second is a “gastroenteritis” virus (which is technically not the flu.) Both are miserable and can cause much agnst for the sufferer. I had the gastro issues last week and thought I was going to freakin’ die. If you take other meds, gastroenteritis will mess with the absorbtion. You may experience signs from lack of continued meds. Two items to note: 1) if generally healthy, everyone will recover from the gastro problem. Give it time and a BRATS diet – bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast. 2) if you have the upper respiratory variety, ask your pharmacist what will work for your symptoms. They can check the OTC meds against any meds you are taking. Some of the gastro viruses last quite a while, so don’t be alarmed if you are not better in a day or two. Drink lots of gatorade and seven up. Some weird stuff out there, but we will all make it!

January 3, 2012 at 10:30 am
(339) Dawn says:

New Year’s Eve, I woke in the morning with a sore back, but figured I’d slept funny. It bothered me all day. After dinner, I felt like I’d been hit by a truck…chills (nothing could warm me up), aches all over, headache, eyes burning and suddenly, so so tired. I spent the whole evening on the couch while my husband watched the kids…I have to be pretty sick not to have wine NYE! Stayed up til midnight for my boys and then fell into bed at 12:05 am. Didn’t sleep well…tossed and turned. Headache and body aches were excruciating. Next day, I could hardly get out of bed. As the day progressed, I felt worse and worse. Fever started January 1st evening. Stayed in bed all day yesterday (Jan 2). Have had a horrible cough since Jan 1…very productive (green gross mucous) and it hurts so bad to cough. When I breathe deep, it starts off the coughing. Didn’t sleep again last night and called in sick to work today. Still feel so ill. Have had fever since Jan 1 (99.5 to 100.8). Been taking Cold Eez since Jan 1 and drinking tons of water and chamomile tea. Fatigue is killing me. Just want to be better again:(. Made an appt to see the dr tonight just to check my chest. One good thing…I am taking this opportunity to quit smoking. Havent had one since Jan 1. Can’t even bear the thought actually!

January 4, 2012 at 8:43 am
(340) Laura says:

Wednesday the 28th began like any other day, had company for the holidays. That evening, around 8 p.m. I began to cough and feel extremely tired. Decided to go to bed early thinking all the holiday activity had just gotten to me and I needed a bit of extra rest. The next morning I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck. I couldn’t get out of bed. Symptoms included persistant dry cough, headache, aches all over my body but especially my knees. I don’t know what level of fever I had as I didn’t have the energy to find my thermometer. The next day woke up feeling the same, however was able to get out of bed and visit with the company. Apparently they had all had this illness recently so I was not concerned with exposing them. Friday woke up feeling much better and thinking I was over the worst of it began to resume my normal activities. Not so fast. Was soon back in bed. Cough seemed to be hanging on. It is now Wednesday, one week after onset of symptoms. While aches and pains seem to be gone cough and nasal congestion seem to actually be worse. What to do, I need to get on with my life. Decided to try a home remedy, 1/2 tsp tumeric with half a glass of milk on an empty stomach. To my amazement, within half an hour stopped coughing. It is nasty to drink but worth it.

January 4, 2012 at 8:45 am
(341) Tina Chells says:

I have a headache, cough, my nose burns, my face hurts, throat is raw and chest hurts. Ears ache, im tired and dont even want to walk to the bathroom. There is chills, diarrhea, and sweating. Havent bothered to take my temp. but have been taking otc cold remedies but still feel bad. I feel better in the morning but 30 minutes later I’m completely weak again. It’s worse than a cold just not sure what it is.

January 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm
(342) Lanie says:

every winter for the last three years i get a nasty cold that starts off with chills sinus trouble, sneezing and body aches and then moves down into my lungs within a couple of days, and then i start coughing up alot of green stuff. then it feels like i cant breathe and im so weak like i have been punched in the gut and got the wind knocked out of me for a couple days, usually this all happens over about two weeks and i feel so weak i cant go to work. then it starts breaking up and i may feel better for a couple of weeks and then it hits again. its a viscious cycle. and at the worst part when i feel so weak and dizzy and go to the er they always say its anxiety and never test me for flu, ever. its all my imagination they say. well i know what anxiety is and it never lasts that long and does not make you cough up green stuff i just think the medical field don’t care – as long as they get their money.

January 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(343) Jake says:

About 3 weeks ago, I suddenly began feeling a bit lethargic and gassy one night at school. I got a text asking to meet a few friends for some bowling. I went to do so and quickly noticed a lot of excessive sweating while bowling (probable fever onset). I felt the need to sit down a lot more than normal and overall just had an “icky” feeling settling in. Within just an hour after bowling (roughly 1 am), diarrhea started. After a few trips to the bathroom, it hit me like a thousand bricks: suddenly I felt incredibly nauseous, dizzy, and weak; I was seconds from passing out. I went back to my room and sat on the bed with a fan, feeling chilled, sore, dizzy, and very nauseous; I could not get comfortable at all. I then resorted to sitting on the floor (around 2 am) thinking I was inevitably going to get sick or pass out. About a half hour later, I started to violently dry heave and throw up. Went to the ER for fluids and Zofran (powerful nausea med), and began to feel a bit more settled. It took a few days, but fever of 101 went down, diarrhea slowed down, and vomiting never happened after the first night. This was a case of viral gastroenteritis (stomach ‘flu’). However, since that point I have had two relapses, one most likely food induced Christmas Eve (Steak and Lobster Bisque being too rich only a week and a half after), but then the second relapse happened including nausea, lack of appetite, diarrhea, severe chills and fever, aches, pains/cramps, and bloating/gas to the point where my stomach/waist area felt like it was going to literally explode. This relapse happened New Years Day after having a pizza New Years Eve, and I am not lactose intolerant. Since, I have been belching, having occasional diarrhea, loss of appetite, minor nausea, heartburn, slight fatigue, and a general bloated feel. I am having the doctor run tests to ensure this time around isn’t a parasite or bacteria of some kind. All in all, a very miserable 3 weeks.

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January 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm
(345) Crystal says:

In so. California- I had a upper respiratory cold that started with lots of sneezing and then a sore throat and dry cough. Lasted about 1 1/2 weeks. I felt better and went on vacation for a week to Mexico and was fine the whole trip. As soon as I came home, the sore throat came back followed by stuffy nose, headache, and coughing with thick phelm in the morning. Also horrible diarrhea now for three days. Night sweats last night but no fever during the day. Been on the couch for three days now. When will it end?!?

January 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(346) Concerned says:

These “weird symptoms” are incredible, been circulating around for over a year now. My husband has been sick over 5 days now. Severe body aches, joint pain, severe headaches, fever that comes and goes. He will be better one day and then about dead again the next. So many people here in the south have been having these symptoms over a month. We need to consider terrorism or chemical warfare on the U.S. people!

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January 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(348) ls says:

I started getting sick wed night jan 3. Achey really bad fever, swollen glands could barely move my neck and slight sore throat. My daughter was pos for strep and sick so i figured i was getting it to. The next morning i felt like i had the full blown flu even though i had my flu shot. That evening started with diarrhea for only abkut 2 hours. After that i only will get it if i would eat solid foods, but no nausea and vomiting like with the G.I. bug. Day 3 still achy no appetite but can drink fevers continue low grade now in bed slept 20 hour would only wake up when the chills woke me. Day four started to feel better but felt like i was gettingxa cold. No fever still a little achy run down no appetite occasional diarrhea during afternoon when i tried to eat and sinus pressure with headache. Next day high fever again very stuffy chills severe headache couldnt barely move. Managed to make it to urgent care and without running any test just said sinus infection and started me on amoxcicillian. Now it is monday afternoon and i have had 4 doses of antibiotic and feel like im getti.g even worse! Co.tinue with fevers over 101 even on non stop tylenol and advil cold and sinus. Severe headache esp when i move or cough. Now my voice is completely gone, my chest hurtz and im coughing up yellowish mucous. Still no appetite and chills, non stop sleeping. I just called my pcp and waiting to hear back. My body aches and is so stiff. I cant take this anymore. I have to get better. Im in Pa. I was even goin to go to the Er but can imagjne sitting there feeling like this.

January 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm
(349) Chrliev in So Cal says:

Started really mild with a stuffy nose and sinuses, sneezing, then coughing up Phlegm no severe symptoms at first.

4 days later, just as I thought it was done having its way with me, I got terrible abdominal pains, diarrhea and nausea. Now 1 day after, the GI tract has settled down again, so now lets see if I’m finally done with this.

My wifey however is 2 days behind me with the very same symptoms. She is really sick with the abdominal stage right now, a university professor she had to miss her first day of classes.
Track these symptoms:
Starts out mild with Sinus problems
Then coughing up phlegm and sneezing
The sinuses start to clear up and suddenly,
Doubled over in abdominal pain, diarhea and vomiting

January 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm
(350) kirsty says:

I have this for the last week started off really dizzy and tired couldnt move from bed just wanted to sleep :( Dizziness mucus in throat, nasal congestion and fever…. Havent moved from my bed for the last 6 days feel better this morning until suddenly the dizziness is back i feel sick and nose is blocked again abdominal pain and teeth hurt…. sudafed helping just want it to go away I live in the UK and there alot of illnesses going around at the moment also suffer from anxiety which just makes it worse.. now my partner has come down with it with the exactly the same symptoms as me. Not sure how long it is going to last Hope we all feel better soon :(

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January 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(352) shashi says:

Into the third week of this weird bug going around NYC…started with fluey symptoms, body aches and pains, wracking headache, sinus pain, fever…but mine never developed into a full-blown respiratory virus. Clear nasal fluids, dry cough…I mean, I can breathe! But I’ve got sinus pain and a post-nasal drip that makes me feel wicked bad, especially in the morning after I’ve been horizontal…and total fatigue. Then it goes away…or I think it ‘s gone, except it comes back hahaha. So it’s back and forth, back and forth…here, gone, here, gone. Finally got a Z-pack today after two weeks of natural remedies — fluids, chicken soup, garlic, ginger, echinacea, steaming…wasn’t enough. My doc says his office is filled with this…some people have had itover two months. I’ve even talked to my little virus buddies, telling them the party’s over, they can put down their mojitos and go now…but they seem to like it in there. Yeah, I give a good party. It will be over one day…yes, I do believe. I think.

January 14, 2012 at 4:14 am
(353) icksixk says:

Early Nov I was diagnosed with a sinus infection I. Was prescribed. The zpac for 10 days. A few weeks later I still had symptoms of the sinus infection and saw my doctor. He says urgent care should have not given me the zpac because it not strogng enough. So Heine’s me 10 more days of augmenting. Fast forward to Jan 2nd I wake up with a sore throat before I know it I’m totoallu sneezing and congested. I’m ill sick and go to urgent care last week only to be given more antibiotics. Ten more days of augmenting. In the meantime I’m dizzy, nauseous and totally congestend have missed a week of work.

January 14, 2012 at 9:26 am
(354) shashi says:

Hi icksixk…so sorry your ailmentis still with you…my post is right above yours and my Z-pack was fairly useless, as well. Maybe it takes the edge off a bit, but it’s not permanent relief. I went on a professional website called respiratoryreviews.com — it has no advertising so it’s not pushing brands. They concluded that Augmentin really IS the best drug for sinus infections…so I’m sorry it didn’t do it for you. Maybe this round will. I’ve never had anything like this…anybody else out there have any good ideas (or, hopefully, cures) for this persistent winter bug? Mine is just about a month old now…thanks! And, haha, happy (cough, cough) new year!

January 14, 2012 at 10:37 am
(355) RR- Minnesota says:

It started New Years Eve around my house of 6- my husband and I and our 4 children. My youngest son developed a fever and slight cough…he was well in 3 days. On his 3rd day my second to oldest son got a fever (this child has history of strep/tonsilitis even had Mono once…yes Mono???). Anyways with his history we took him in because Tylenol had no effect on this fever and Motrin was not lasting 5 hours…they did a strep test and it came back Neg. We were told it was a virus. That night I had that mom feeling it was more. I took him back in and blood work confirmed he had more baterial than virus illness. He was prescribed Z-pack. …It had no effect after 4 days, and a more detailed swab culture was done…again negative. He began another antibiotic (he is allergic to Amox. ) He was well within 2 days!! My daugher got this same thing…confirmed it was a bacterial infection and was started on Amox. …fever had lasted 5 days total. My oldest son…Fever and stomach pain, again Tylenol had not much effect-after scans were done to rule out appendix, it was confirmed he had a virul…we are at day 5 and fever is breaking up now.
8 days ago (while my oldest was sick) I had a scratchy throat…4 days later this last Tuesday I developed a restless feeling in my legs, and overall feeling like I couldn’t move. On Wednesday my fever began and the lymphnodes in my neck were visible. I went into the doc and got put on amox. It is Sat. now and my throat is still very raw…sometimes feeling ear pain but fever is gone. PS: My husband has the same symtpoms. So if this “bug” started as a virus it turned into more with some of the members in my family. I am in Minnesota where the temps have been warmer than usual. We did not have the flu shot, I wonder if this started as the flu??
It seemed like no one in our household had a chance to avoid this.

January 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(356) djdee says:

Been dealing with this bug since mid November. Started out with strange ankle and joint pain and a sore throat. During this time I have had 1 mild cold, got over that and within a week started a stomach virus, that lasted for a couple of days with lots of nausea. About a week after that, had some type of strange mouth virus with sores on my tongue and a cold sore on my lip that would not die. Once that was done I started a severe cold with horrible sinus congestion, this lasted about 2 weeks. I only had a short lived fever with the stomach virus. This is the most bizarre illness I have ever had. I don’t usually get colds, it has probably at least 3 or 4 years. I have not been so sick that I needed to miss work, but I have not felt well for months. I just don’t know when this will end!

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January 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm
(359) kirsty says:

update:- 2 weeks 3 days now and still no better still feel dizzy, thumping the ear again, no appetite, shortness of breath tooth pain and sleeping. Just want to get better. Bf had it for like two days and he is fine spent the last two and a half weeks in bed…..decided to make a doctors appointment hope they know what to do… Will keep you all updated

January 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm
(360) Philicia says:

I am currently in MT but reside in CO and I’ve been sick on and off for almost a year. I’ve learned how to control my body and not think about the pain. I’ve been to the doctor they took tests n did an xray said it was an URI Upper Respitory Infection. The female doctor told me to go buy MUCINEX MD, SALINE NASAL SPRAY, tylonel or ibuorofen, plenty y of rest aqand liquids, and sleep with humidifier. I think they failed their job as a doctor, I should have got a prescription. and im tired everyday im 21 n its scary…

January 22, 2012 at 12:47 am
(361) Michael says:

Reside in san diego. Had flu shot 4 months ago. Currently have chills and slight temp. Only these symptoms come on at nite which is when your body does the fighting. I believe i am coasting through this quite easily bc i was taking and still am taking oil of oregano pills, garlic pills, olive leaf pills, and now naproxin 3 times a day together. This routine and lots of water, humid air, good foods and acidophilus pills/yogurt has allowed me to stave off many of the other symptoms and never feeling too bad. Making sure to take/eat acidophilus 2 hours after the other pills. Incorperate light exercise daily once. Will update condition 1/23/2012.

January 22, 2012 at 2:11 am
(362) michael says:

After reading through the comments i have personally concluded that this starts as a virus then branches off as a bacterial ailment as most “flus” do. I have attcked this virus/bactrial infection/inflamation religiously for almost 5 days and im getting progressively better, but was never really feeling too bad bc of beforementioned comments above. I believe i have created an enviroment in my body that does not allow the virus/ bacterial infection to strengthen and progress. Instead i am confident that this imfection will be eradicated and/or surpressed within a week.

I actually enjoy this challenge …sounds strange, but true.

While sick, i also never drink cold are acidic liquids. Stay covered at all times head to toe, home temp always above 80. Lots of greens, no sugars, easy on fruit. Low whole carbs, lots of protien. Dont stress. Dont stress the body with heavy lifting ….light aerobic once a day, sleep. I personally find if i follow this routine and what i mentioned above; i coast through any virus/bac infec and it abates rather quickly.

January 23, 2012 at 4:12 am
(363) michael says:

Progess has been dramatic ..about 90%-95% better. Oil of oregano coupled with garlic and olive leaf and olive oil seems to prevent the onslaught of other sypmtoms and kills the original culprit. I found that taking these every 5 hours keeps the virus at bay, actually destroys it.
This inconjunction with what i mentioned earlier seems to be doing the job.
I even ran a mile today. I do have the luxury of living in san diego along the coast where the days can be warm and sunny even in the winter.

January 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm
(364) Shayne says:

im goin on day 2 of this illness, located in New Jersey. I hate this but im still at work, so i can get the rest of nj sick

January 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm
(365) michael says:

I am now confident that what most of us commentors have is Swine flu(H1N1). To me some of the tale tell signs indicating Swine is the ankle pain, stomach issues, throat issues. But what truely separates this flu from the others is its ability to manifest itself again and again in the same carrier and a temp/ache/chill OFF & ON for several days.
I am now 100%. I must stress that all info i have given earlier was of my own volition and is my own opinion. This does not however make the info inherently wrong or right. Simply, i personally know what helped me through this beast of a bug.
Should i start to feel any symptoms again i will surely post here …seeing that it is very plausable bc a quick re-occurence is one of the Swines characteristics. If i dont post again, this means all is well and what im doing to combat this is working(my opinion). I truely hope my PERSONALLY comments have/will help/ed.

January 30, 2012 at 1:19 am
(366) New England says:

Awful illness, here in New England, going around the family. Like some other readers said, just when you think you’re getting better, you’re hit again. Also, I can relate to the reader who mentioned being severely bloated. I experienced this, followed by severe abdominal pain-I thought I might have consumed too much fiber, but it went on for a few days. Here is a list of our other symptoms:
scratchy throat/post nasal drip
sore throat
dry, unproductive cough (that seems to go on and on)
sore muscles
moderately severe abdominal pain
little bit of diarrhea/vomitting
no or low appetite
sinus pressure
some members had mild fever, but not everyone-or they slept through it and we didn’t notice it.
I really didn’t think it was the flu, but I’m starting to. Only one member of the family got the flu shot this past fall and they are also the only person in the family with no symptoms.
Dee (msg # 316-I don’t want to be an alarmist, I’m sure this isn’t the case, but my PC doctor always says that a stiff neck can be a sign of menningitis-if someone had a stiff neck all day, they might want to get it checked. I had a family member who experienced twenty-five years of disability due to menengitis) and…
Michael (msg# 365, et al), I am going to try your oregeno, garlic, olive leaf supplements. It certainly can’t hurt and it’s great when something can be remedied with something natural and simple; thanks for the advice. However, I don’t think this is Swine Flu. For one, I’m vaccinated against it (I realize, nothing’s 100%), but I think swine flu peaked quite a while ago.

I will say a prayer for everyone on here and their loved ones.

February 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm
(367) timber says:

I went to the ER yesterday because for the prior week I have felt extremely dizzy, weak and a heavy chest, so dizzy I thought I was going to fall down. I’m a delivery driver for coca-cola and my job is very physical so these symptoms really effected my job. I went to the local instacare where they directed me to the ER in fear I was having heart complications, but I’m only 22? After 2 or 3 hours of EKG tests, x-rays, blood tests and an IV flush they diagnosed me with a viral infection. I wouldn’t have thought this because I haven’t felt sick, or in a more defined sense I haven’t had a fever or vomited. I was told that rest and plenty of liquids is the best approach. I live in southern Utah for anyone near this area beware of this sickness

February 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm
(368) kirsty says:

Update:- 4 weeks and sick of this now :( been put on antibiotics but doctors are not helping. Sore throat, dizzy sleepy and fatique…. bf had it for 2 days…. still looking like there is no end :(

February 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm
(369) Person says:

I am 13, and I don’t know if I have a flu or cold but friday I was so warm I got up and then threw up then I tried going to bed but I just couldn’t see because I was too warm and I tried going to school and I had a major headache and I didn’t feel like all energy I was like tired didn’t want to do anything , then later I got so cold and the whole build people said it was very warm so what do I have???

February 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm
(370) BIN says:


I got flu symptom 4 days after I came back from cruise. After I drove to office on Jan.10 2012, I felt the body aches. I though I got flu. So I took some pain relief. Next two days the body aches got worse. So I went to see Dr. He thought it was flu. Hence there was medication. Next week the body aches got worse. During these time, I had no fever, no cough but migrating aches from back, thigh, joint, knees and foot. So Dr. asked for blood test. My ALT was sky high(25 times the normal). Then he ask me to do more testing, ultrasound liver. It turned to be negative. No hepatatis. THen I was referred to Gastrogenologist. He did one more testing and concluded that I either had virus or toxin in body that caused that spike. MY ALT had came down to 6 times high. But my body aches did not go away. I have a little dry sour throat and little congestion. From last week I developed headache most on the back of head. I will see my ENT on Monday. Because my body aches does not go away an my pain keep migrating so I asked my doctor to do lyme test.

Does any one have the same symptom like me?

This situation really kills me right now. What should I do to stop the body aches and headache?

February 14, 2012 at 11:42 am
(371) Rodney says:

Well I haven’t been sick in a few year and this year as of January I got hit with some kind of cold that wouldn’t even allow me to get out of bed. Now its middle of February and I now have some types of symptoms dealing with my nose and chest but no fever and it feels like its continuing to get deeper into my chest. Never been this sick bad year for me I guess. I am also in Idaho and it seems to me that everyone is sick here.

February 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm
(372) soner says:

Ok, just read 100 or so comments.
I feel better that Im not the only one feeling this BAD!!!
Hit me like a brick wall @ 230pm Feb.13th. My symptoms are what everyone else has. Some people are worse, some are not as bad as I.
Hopeing to find a way out of this. Its miserable, worst flu I have ever had.

February 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(373) Narcia says:

started feb 13 2012 at night- congestion. Today feb 20 2012. Have used Nyquil and Dayquil. Gargle with salt water when throat sore – took care of that. Have used a box of kleenex (large) Had the triple flu shot in dec 2011. Now husband has it. Still feel cold and wearing several layers. It’s rained here a lot in last 2 weeks. today 1st day not taking any thing and went to store. Also used throat losengers and vicks vapor rub and kept head elevated in bed when really bad. in Texas

February 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(374) jolie says:

on feb 18th 2012, started that day with excessive sneezing, and my eyes felt a little teary and seemed like they were slightly swollen. Sunday, the 20th, sneezing again – lke 8 sneezes in a row, like allergies but I wasn’t around anything I was allergic too…kind of like my immune system was down and the sneezing was breaking it down further or it was going down due to whatever this is, and I was then more susceptable to things making me sneeze. Then a bit of a cough, then the fever and the achy back along my spinal column, my lungs also hurt, it hurt to breathe and it wasn’t easy to breathe because it was like my lung muscles were weak – but it was not from coughing. I have had that before – when you cough so much the lungs are sore – BUT this wasn’t like that – it was like the muscles were not reacting. – very scary. The fever wasn’t easily reduced either.
I have not much energy and its also like my face is burning – between my eyes – like the sinus cavaties. day 4 less high fever spikes, somewhat more coughing, head kind of achey, back still achey but thank GOD I can breathe again.

February 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm
(375) irfan says:

i live in st.louis, and i woke up today with all the symptoms of the seasonal flu, it hit me all at once, just like this article said it would. it sucks big time.

February 27, 2012 at 1:44 am
(376) Jocelyn says:

Started last Tuesday with lower back pain. It was worse Wednesday and hurt to walk. Also my joints ached. Had trouble sleeping from the persistent lower back pain. Thursday the back pain was bad enough that I considered contacting a chiropractor, until late Thursday afternoon the fever kicked in. I left work around 4:00 and have been in bed since. On Saturday the dry, scratchy cough arrived and it has now headed into a more wet cough. Some flem. I plan on seeing my Dr in the morning.

Very strange flu. No sore throat. No sneezing. No upset stomach. It went from lower back & joint pain to fever and finally a cough.
Also, I had a flu-shot last Oct.

February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(377) tn says:

I felt the same- nauseated, achy, stomach crapping, dizzy and tired. Then my spouse stopped talking.

February 29, 2012 at 1:52 am
(378) Wyoimg says:

my 3 yrs old had stuff like this she complained or her tummy hurting then a fever of 103. It took for ever for it to brake with meds so i used a wet towel on her head, all of this lasted for like 5 days and now she still coughs all night long she has eattin a little here and there, but now my 2 older kids are getting it and saying the fill dizzie not sure what this is that they have but pretty sure they caught it from my sisters kids ..

March 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm
(379) Tiffany says:

I’ve had a fever(its peaked at 101.3) along with a severe unproductive cough, clogged sinuses,lethargy to the utmost and a headache that won’t quit. This all started about 2 1/2 days ago. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but my heart seems to be doing weird things, like it’s trying to beat out of my chest, even while I’m laying still. And also it feels like its trying to skip a beat. I don’t know. I’m a tad scared and confused.

March 3, 2012 at 9:31 am
(380) stever says:

First one twin had it for about a week, then the next one cought it around the same time I did.
1 stage Mild cough with much nasal discharge.
2 Fever and chills not so much discharge but but very dry unproductive cough.
3. fever all hit 103, but went down with combo of Ibuprofen and acetaminophen to just under 100 degree for a few hours, then all over again.
4. Took generic Muscinex for myself a double dose, soon followed by much coughing of phloem, from clear to dark yellow.
5. Cough has slowed and fever sits around 99-100 with no meds.
6. Its day six and just had the runs, I mean big time, I think getting rid of all these fluids helps rid the body of the infection. Do not swallow and thing you spit up, put it in a tissue.

March 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm
(381) colleen says:

I started with sneezing last Wednesday, then was hit with fatigue, aches and LOTS of mucus! A little sweating at night and very difficult to sleep due to breathing problems–constantly blowing my nose. This seemed to morph into terrible chest congestion which broke up in a couple of days and thought I was on the mend after about 7 days. Then stage 2 hit with some stomach issues keeping me in the bathroom a bit here and there over 2 days or so.I am still blowing my nose all day and have a constant headache and “sound weird” when speaking. When I talk I feel like my head is in a fishbowl. It has been about 9 days and the left side of my face including ear, eye, nose and teeth are sensitive and achy. Can’t WAIT for this to end. Now, my husband and my middle son are starting to feel bad–tired and very swollen neck glands with “weird” sore throats and headaches. My husband obviously got it from me, but my son picked it up at college in Providence before he got home last night. We are usually VERY healthy and my husband DID get the flu shot this year. This is BRUTAL! Good luck everyone!

March 14, 2012 at 11:45 pm
(382) jendar says:

i live in san diego and oh yeah there’s a virus going around…the symptoms i and co-workers have had are: fever that lasts a day or two; chest congestion and cough; sore throat; laryngitis; body aches; fatigue; migraine..it lasts more than three weeks..and now with the circulating air/no window work building, we seem to be getting the virus again…is that even possible? my co-worker was out sick yesterday and is honking like a goose; i am following in her foot steps…the symptoms feel the same as the last time…

March 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(383) colleen says:

7 days since my last post. My husband and son seemed to get only a mild version of the virus–they are already nearly 100%. I am still blowing my nose a few times a day (neon color makes me think I developed a sinus infection) but almost back to normal. I think I’m getting to the finish line! Yippee!

March 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm
(384) Steve says:

I am glad I found these posts -I thought i was on the edge of death :-) I have all the proper symptoms – going on day 12 or 13, dont want to remember – considering going to the E.R. but i may give it a couple of days. Just for the record my symptoms went in this order; (from the best of memory – having a fever spell right now and thought process is not 100%.
1. Persistent Headache
2. Weakness – tired – thought it was just my job :-)
3. About 3-4 days in I got extreme temp. swings – puddle of sweat to freezing in a matter of minutes back and forth for several hours – of course while I was trying to sleep.
4. body aches – slow to move and grouchy !!!
5. Recurring fever, body aches, and tired for about 7 days
6. Moved into my chest and started hacking and spitting up stuff that could have been classified as a microbiological weapon :-)
7. Been dealing with these for a few days now and today I seem to be fighting with diahrea and extreme dissiness – maybe dehydrated – thats where I’m at today – hope I live – good luck to everyone

March 21, 2012 at 11:51 am
(385) Pam says:

There has got to be something going around!! I had facial pain, then progessed to sinus congestion , then 2 to 3 days later woke up with temp 99.6 and went as high as 100.7. Body aches, then chest congestion(yellow), tons of coughing, ears feel clogged. Saw doc right away said Sinus Infection, on z-pack. Fever down after 4 1/2 days, still coughing. Blowing out yellow mucus. Went back to doc, said Bronchitis, gave me Cipro. Thought I was feeling better, but then wham, crappy again, fatigue, no energy. This is now a little under 3 weeks. Horrible, Horrible Virus. I live on Long Island, weather has been so warm this year. Also horrible headache. Does anyone else on Long Island, New York have something like this?

March 22, 2012 at 7:57 am
(386) Pam says:

This respiratory thing feels much better, but now I have an aweful headache, achiness and my stomach just does feel right, very tired.
To the guy above, Steve, you will live, but you should see a doc. This is the worst flu season ever, never had so many things go on. 3 stomach virus’s and a respiratory virus. When will it all end? Never in my life did I have a sinus infection like this with fever and in my lungs!

March 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm
(387) Pam says:

Update, this bronchitis stinks. Had a very bad sharp pain in upper let back and chest, Ran to doc, did all sorts of test. My ribs are sore from coughing so much, it’s so internal and hurts. Taking 3 advils a few times a day. Over 3 weeks with this stuff. Its gotta end soon, trying to work. I’m a house cleaner. I also feel something moving in my chest, waiting for chest x-ray results.

April 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm
(388) Random says:

Mid-Sept. ’11 got what was going around a midwestern town. Worst cough I ever had. The weakness & inability to concentrate were at an all-time high. It’s nearly May, ’12. I am no longer able to work due to extreme fatigue, malaise, serious sleep disturbances, zero appetite but force feeding myself (yes, very healthy food), and extremely unusual brain fog and lack of ability to remember mid-sentence even what I was just saying. Since that flu, these symptoms have progressed steadily and no doctor has an answer.Since then, my daily temps vary from 94 to over 100. I’m putting this online in case anyone else has this and is able to pinpoint date of onset like me. Went to the ER five times, several doctors since Sept, raised eosinophil counts & now telling me I have Epstein Barr. Before Sept. I was *extremely* active. fine upstairs in terms of cognitive function, rarely dizzy- & if so, could tie it to not having eaten for a while. Any type of exertion now like trying to organize papers, do dishes, even bike 30 seconds to a corner store result in extended recovery periods. These periods have a delayed onset by several hours, usually minimum 12 hours & later it’s to where I struggle to make it to the bathroom and really would be better off crawling there but I won’t. Awaken MORE fatigued than I went to bed. I have experimented with more sleep, less sleep, meds for sleep, herbal remedies, clearing the mind, etc. This is scary because it’s gone on over 6 mo., & no one can help & it’s still going downhill. Not overwight to start with and now skeletal at 5’6 113. Got it up from 108 by eating icecream, which I hate, but nutritious food wouldn’t put pounds back on. Sorry to go on so long. Good luck if you have anything like this.

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May 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(390) CC says:

This is in comment to the post of getting sick in Sept 2011. My whole family got very sick last August with one of the worst flu we have ever experienced. We live in Rhode Island and the doctor said it was a very bad late summer and fall virus going around. My sister lives in Maryland and said alot of people she knew where very sick for weeks with a bad virus. I was the sickest with a fever for two weeks, new onset of heart palpitations, muscle pains, dizziness and extreme fatigue. My husband was also sick, but his was more of a cold/flu, he was sick for about 4 months. My mother was sick with extreme fatigue and flu like symptoms until November 2011. I still have not had the energy or stamina I had before last August. We are always commenting on the awful virus that was going around last fall. It was one of the worst flu like illness we every experienced.

June 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm
(391) P says:

I had a normal fever on Saturday afternoon with chills, bodyaches, dizziness, and a little nausea. Let the fever run its course and the fever broke around midnight. Had several instances of diarrhea and drank tons of water, herb teas and juice to flush out the virus. A normal fever for flu illness is 101-103.6. 104 and above is considered high. I also used essential oils to boost my immune system.

Incidentally, Vitamin D3 (basically sunshine) is supposed to be the best deterrent to the flu. Catch some rays–15 mins is all you need!

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I am so glad I found these posts. I have had (3) rounds with the most horrible virus this year alone! First time was in February with ended up with me having heart palpitations in the ER. Nothing else was wrong; doc said was just viral. Second time started May 13 (Mother’s Day) and lasted for 12 days! Started with weird and tight stomach cramps then went to just overall really bad weakness, bad mental fog and body aches. Would get weird aches in knees. Ended with a HORRIBLE headache. Third time started June 2 and I just now think I am over it today which would be 10 days. Started with really weird stomach cramps again, went to major weakness, fatigue, body aches (noticeable in wrists and hands this time), major mental fog, and again, ended with the WORST headache I think I have ever had!!! Felt like I had a vice on my head squeezing my temples, would shoot all over head, did have some tooth pain earlier, too. Seriously the worst sickness I have ever had and I better not get it again!!!!

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Sitting at work, felt fine going in, but from 9 to 11 went from normal to had to lay literally on the floor. Stomach crampping, instantly started running to restroom where stomach exploded, head hurt, body aches from my feet to my fingers. Came home at 2pm and feel like every inch of my body has been taken over by pain. Standing is like a major evolution in focus, dizzy, aches, and lack of focus. Drinking water non stop, Tylenol, and hot baths are all I seem to be able to do. Need to be at work tomorrow and think I may be a bit disconnected to that what I have – may be here to stay for a day or two or three. Rats. I just feel so yucky and even slipped out some tears because I feel so bad and helpless to correct the pain. Okay, off to laying in bed feeling like I fell out a moving truck and am still laying on lumpy concrete…even laying on the bed hurts….

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