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FReepers who have had the flu this year (swine or other) what were your major symptoms?
Free Republic ^ | 10/23/09 | Caipirabob

Posted on 10/23/2009 5:41:23 AM PDT by Caipirabob

Well, I've come down with flu like symptoms and it's been 2 days of no fun.

My major symptoms are not what I'd call life-threatening, they are what I'd call annoying. I am experiencing:

1) Major back pain and body aches. Don't look at my back, it hurts. Need advil to lie down. 2) Exhaustion. I want to lie down. I don't care if it hurts.

My minor symptoms are: 1) Minor, not severe ear pain 2) Minor but gone almost immediately sore throat 3) Initial onset of headache, gone 1st night prior to other symptoms 4) Stomach quesiness but still hungry

No fever despite heavy aches, which I imagine are the results of the toxins building up in my system.

Drinking as much juice and vitamin C supplements as possible. Squeeze me and you'll get Florida's finest, it's quite possible I'm being stalked by Anita Byrant.

So what have any of you experience with the bugs out there this year?

Thanks for any info you can share...


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My daughter just came downstairs with a temp of 102+. We're going to shower her down after some cold orange juice.
1 posted on 10/23/2009 5:41:23 AM PDT by Caipirabob
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My son had high fever and flu and 2 days later I started to feel like el crappo - like I have to leave work, etc. I started Tamiflu ASAP, took some Tylenol and was almost normal 24 hours later. Same conditions/situation for my wife and daughter.


2 posted on 10/23/2009 5:45:55 AM PDT by RushingWater
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I caught Swine flu and was in the hospital for 6 days.

Massive unbelievable headache, tightness in breathing, nausea vomiting.

3 posted on 10/23/2009 5:47:38 AM PDT by JPJones (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: Caipirabob

Son and daughter;

Chills, fever, Painful cough,Temp, body aches, sore throat, sleepy.


4 posted on 10/23/2009 5:49:19 AM PDT by luv2ndamend (May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. — Samue)
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To: Caipirabob

On Monday, 15 area schools were closed due to flu/swine flu. Today, 49 are closed- completely unprecedented. All I know is I’m glad I’m not in school.


5 posted on 10/23/2009 5:49:30 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Caipirabob

My niece had swine flu that went into double pneumonia. She was running a high fever, given tylenol by the hospital and sent home. She started vomiting was taken back to the hospital and was given an iv and sent home. Then she started turning blue. She was intubated and in ICU for 2 weeks. No one thought she would live. Was told if she had been given tamiflu immediately it would not have gotten severe. Thankfully she is on her way to recovery now!


6 posted on 10/23/2009 5:51:21 AM PDT by trustandobey (GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN!)
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To: Caipirabob

You are showing the classic signs that I’m seeing over and over in my classroom and school.

The swine seems to start with a headache as the first symptom, then body aches, then a variety of coughs, fevers, sniffles, sore throats - any or all of those.

But the headache is coming to be known (at least in our school) as step one


7 posted on 10/23/2009 5:51:34 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Caipirabob

Check out Vitamin D3 asap!

We are using as a preventative but can be useful in battling the flu. Pandemic sites have links to many forums with suggestions for homeopathic treatments that might help her be more comfortable

God Bless.


8 posted on 10/23/2009 5:52:54 AM PDT by silverleaf ("For America today, decline is not a condition. Decline is a choice"- Krauthammer)
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To: trustandobey

I have a student in the hospital now in the exact same shape. It is very, VERY touch and go according to the mother. I haven’t gotten an update, but as of last night, she was asking for the priest to come.


9 posted on 10/23/2009 5:53:16 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Caipirabob; RushingWater
Our grandson (10 months old) had it about a 6 weeks ago. High fever, vomiting, he was hospitalized for two days. Rest of the immediate family -two adults and two more children - had tummy upset, two had vomiting, one had major body aches. Took tamiflu, and they were all fine in about 4 days.

None of us (grandparents, teenaged aunt here) got it, even though we took care of the two older children while the baby was in the hospital, and while one of those had symptoms.

10 posted on 10/23/2009 5:53:23 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: Caipirabob

Both my son and I were hit with some kind of flu last April and again in May. I hope we’re super resistant for this round.

We had fevers close to 103 which came down quickly after a dose of Motrin. Body aches and fatigue were incredible. It hurt to open my eyes. We both had chest congestion, but my son had it the worst. Mucinex finally loosened up the phlegm for him which made it much easier to breathe. We were both down for 5-7 days each time.

Hope you’re both feeling better soon. Not fun stuff!


11 posted on 10/23/2009 5:54:08 AM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Caipirabob
On Oct. 9 - about 2:30 p.m., I got a little queasy in the stomach, tired and dizzy...along with a headache that felt like I got hit with a wrecking ball from the next county.

Once home, about 6:00 p.m. - tremendous chills... couldn't hold a cup steady and could barely climb the stairs. I think the neighbors heard my teeth chatter.

7:00 p..m - Put on 4 jerseys, 3 blankets on the bed and got in. Slept till 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Fine from there on.

12 posted on 10/23/2009 5:58:43 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: Caipirabob

First three days were bad, real bad. Typical flu symtoms, hot/cold flashes, fatigue, joint pain ... with a bad cough. Since I am an asthmatic, this lead to pneumonia. On the third day I had coughing so bad that the do said to go to the ER. The pneumonia verified with xray and was treated with anti-biotics. Tamiflu was added to reduce the flu symptoms. Vicodin was used to treat the pain from the cough (three days of hard cough will pull muscles in the rib cage).

Once on meds, took about 5 to 7 days to get rid of the stuff.


13 posted on 10/23/2009 5:59:09 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Caipirabob

Left work at mid-day yesterday and called in sick today. Dealt with a cough for a few days (my office sounds like a TB clinic from various other sick people) but then the constant runny nose and sneezing started followed by aches, hot/cold feelings, and exhaustion. I’m thinking some downtime today will get me back on track.


14 posted on 10/23/2009 6:01:42 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Communists need not apply.)
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To: Caipirabob

My son was down for 8 days with a moist, productive cough, chest tightness, wheezing, earache, headache, fatigue. He tested negative for seasonal flu; swine flu test was not conducted. We used generic OTC guafenesin and dextromethorpan to thin secretions and an albuterol inhaler to relieve tightness. Lots of hot steamy showers, too. I kept a very close eye on his breathing; we were shades away from the ER a time or two, but he pulled through.


15 posted on 10/23/2009 6:02:48 AM PDT by HGSW0904
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To: Caipirabob

I saw one child (teen) who was so sick he could barely walk. High fiver 103+, headache, dizziness, nausea.


16 posted on 10/23/2009 6:02:58 AM PDT by TNdandelion (I'd rather have FedEx run my healthcare than USPS.)
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To: Caipirabob

The Vit C is good but also recommended is upping your Vit D3. Add some cranberry and live yogurt cultures (pills or food), zinc and a good multi-vit. Also, start N-Acetyl-Cysteine and Oscillococinum which can be found over the counter at neighborhood pharmacies and larger grocery stores.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/printerfriendlynews.php?newsid=51913

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2241041/posts

http://www.drrathresearch.org/health_news/050109_swineflu.html


17 posted on 10/23/2009 6:05:13 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: SoftballMominVA

There were quite a few in the hospital in as bad or worse shape than she was in. All under 35. I know there is a lot of media hype but when you watch someone you love struggle to breathe, it sure is a different story! I won’t get the vaccination, but sure will try to get tamiflu immediately if I develop symptoms.


18 posted on 10/23/2009 6:09:51 AM PDT by trustandobey (GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN!)
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To: Caipirabob
Pig flu attacks the heart and lungs of early adults. If you are in your 20’s go to the DOCTOR IMMEDIATLY if you feel ill.
19 posted on 10/23/2009 6:12:20 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. V for victory)
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To: Caipirabob
We had the seasonal flu run through the house a couple of weeks ago. I had one day of complete exhaustion, coupled with all-over muscle and joint aches. I may have run a fever briefly the night before, but I can't tell for sure.

The day prior, I had with started a dry cough, and the cough (which was no longer dry) was really he only thing to linger after the one really bad day.

20 posted on 10/23/2009 6:14:32 AM PDT by kevkrom (Obama's Waterloo: a "hockey mom" with a laptop and a Facebook account)
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To: silverleaf

I also started taking D-3. I started Vit C with bioflavinoids and Olive Leaf 18% with enzymes too. These two also help build up your immune system.


21 posted on 10/23/2009 6:16:34 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: Caipirabob

bump


22 posted on 10/23/2009 6:16:54 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

My little man (age 11) with special conditions (ADHD) started coughing last night- no fever this morning but I put him on 5000IU VitD3 and zinc. Thankfully we are homeschooling

I’m taking 6000IU VitD3, resveratrol, zinc, NAC and Curcumin - and gargling with salt water and drinking lots of hot green tea with ginger

I had a cold (headache, cough, scratchy throat) starting Monday (I think) but knocked it down in 2 days- I HAVE to stay healthy for everyone else!


23 posted on 10/23/2009 6:22:11 AM PDT by silverleaf ("For America today, decline is not a condition. Decline is a choice"- Krauthammer)
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To: Caipirabob

Back in the early 90s when I worked in a hospital, I had the so-called Asian flu. I think a true flu is all upper respiratory. I missed 5 days of work. I started out with a sore throat and as the day progressed it got worse. I made it home from work and literally crawled to the shower with my clothes on. I was drenched in sweat. I stay in bed. All I remember is not being able to breathe and developed cracked lip.


24 posted on 10/23/2009 6:24:17 AM PDT by gattaca (Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan)
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To: trustandobey

Our state public health agency sent out a letter a couple of weeks ago, advising physicians not to prescribe Tamiflu. They want it reserved for people requiring hospitalization.

They are not concerned about supply of the drug. They are concerned about developing resistance and want the drug to be effective for the people with life threatening symptoms.

I took the H1N1 flumist last week. I would have preferred to have had the injection but that was being reserved for pregnant women and employees over 50. I had absolutely no symptoms with the nasal vaccination though.


25 posted on 10/23/2009 6:26:48 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: JPJones

JP, not to be nosey but how old are you?


26 posted on 10/23/2009 6:34:20 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: Caipirabob

Our oldest son had swine flu just a few weeks ago and exhibited all the symptoms you’ve listed. It started out just with a runny nose, but that’s normal for him with the change in weather. Next was the exhaustion, which we assumed was from the seasonal crud he gets each fall and from being at football practice until 6:00 every day. He still said he was fine to go to school, “it’s just a cold, Mom.” He came home on a Wednesday after football to tell me that one of his best friends, who he also shares a locker with, was out with swine flu. By Saturday afternoon, the full force of the symptoms hit him like a ton of bricks. He then got the body aches (as in, don’t even put that blanket on me because I hurt), headache, lung pain (couldn’t even lay on his left side), and fever (anywhere from 100º-104.1).

His dad took him to the dr on that Saturday (after morning football practice) because he fell asleep in the car before I was out of the parking lot. They didn’t do any specific testing, just went down a symptom checklist and said that since he had more than half of the symptoms, he likely had swine flu. He had xrays on his lungs to check for early onset of pneumonia, which came back positive. They started him on Zithromax to treat the pneumonia to prevent it from getting any worse because the complications of the swine flu and pneumonia can get really bad really quickly. We also had him taking Mucinex 12 hour like clockwork to help keep his lungs open.

The fever broke Sunday morning and as soon as that happened, he felt more or less fine. He was eating normally, didn’t have the body aches, etc.


27 posted on 10/23/2009 6:35:37 AM PDT by FarRightFanatic (It wasn't an election. It was a socialist coup.)
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To: FarRightFanatic

You are fortunate- a healthy 18 yr old kid here just went from slight cough and fever to ARDS in 4 days - then died from MRSA strep complication


28 posted on 10/23/2009 6:39:26 AM PDT by silverleaf ("For America today, decline is not a condition. Decline is a choice"- Krauthammer)
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To: Caipirabob

My daughter, 21, came down with similar symptoms. She was almost paralyzed with exhaustion and pain. Fever and chills. Could not stay awake. No real respiratory symptoms. This was nearly two weeks ago and she is up and about now, but still very weak and easily tired. It has nearly ruined her semester as her efforts to study for final exams did not work very well. I regret to say I’m starting to feel some of the same things.


29 posted on 10/23/2009 7:01:32 AM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: bgill

add to this bioperine and curcumin. You can buy them together but I suggest separately so you can vary dosage. They are used for inflammation. OP sounds like inflammation is a problem in the muscles, joints,.......etc..

Also, you can make your own concoction of Theives Oil.


30 posted on 10/23/2009 7:06:39 AM PDT by CryBabyCry
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To: taxcontrol

Teslon pearls (RX only) can be given to control coughing...works great, look like vit E gel tabs. Don’t know why more docs don’t use them. I get bronchitis easy and that is what my doc gives me for the severe coughing. My mom broke 2 ribs with that type of heavy coughing.


31 posted on 10/23/2009 7:09:43 AM PDT by GailA (Quilts for the Alpha Omega House for Veterans....I'm a quilt-aholic!!!)
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To: Caipirabob

My son and I both were h1n1 positive. He was sick 24 hours before me...102 temp...grouchy...coughing...loose stools...threw up a couple of times. The next day I got chilled achey, headache, you know the drill. We both went to doctors office. We were diagnosed positive. They treated us with Z-pack and then tamiflu. 5-7 days of flu later we were better. TBH, it wasn’t any worse or better than the seasonal flu we got last year. It just seemed to fill our lungs up a little more.

BTW, we are big time Vit-D3 takers (4000iu a day for me) I think this helped us out in terms of not getting ICU type ill.


32 posted on 10/23/2009 7:09:57 AM PDT by Explodo (Pessimism is simply pattern recognition)
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To: Caipirabob

At first, extreme sore throat.
Followed in 24 hours or so with practically total blockage of my sinuses, pain (or at least alot of discomfort in my lungs)

Headaches and body aches to the point it made it hard to sleep. Night sweats a couple nights, one night the bed was literally drenched.

Temp peaked last Thurs eve at about 102, my normal temp is about 97.3 or so and anytime it goes above 98 I know I have a mild bug.

I was hungry but barely had the energy to eat/cook, so I stuck to eggs and toast.

Went through about 3 gallons of lemonade.
Think I had a minor bout of pneumonia after the flu was done. Feeling much, much better the last two days or so.

Nasty stuff.


33 posted on 10/23/2009 7:21:15 AM PDT by djf (Grasshopper: The game is rigged. Patience takes forever to learn. You're so screwed!!)
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To: gattaca

In 94 I had the Asian flu/Bejing flu, which IIRC is another H1N1 variant.

I was IN BED FOR EIGHT DAYS STRAIGHT!
This time is was only four and a half or so.

I would rate that one a nine, this one about a 6


34 posted on 10/23/2009 7:27:24 AM PDT by djf (Grasshopper: The game is rigged. Patience takes forever to learn. You're so screwed!!)
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To: Caipirabob
My 5-year-old son came home Tuesday complaining of a headache. His temp shot up to 103. He was pretty much unable to get out of bed all day Tuesday with headache, chills and body aches. He also developed a nasty cough. We alternated Tylenol and Motrin, and his fever broke early Thursday morning. He was fine this morning -- eating like a horse and raring to go.

It hit me and the 2-year-old yesterday afternoon. The onset was scarily fast -- we were both fine in the morning, and by lunch we both had 102-degree fevers, aches and chills. The cough came in, as well.

I can't emphasize how fast this hit, though -- it really was like being hit by a truck.

35 posted on 10/23/2009 7:28:59 AM PDT by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: Caipirabob

Started with a sore throat. Never did really run a significant fever. Head & chest congestion, headaches, diarrhea, body aches, extreme fatigue.

For about 2 weeks. It sucked.


36 posted on 10/23/2009 7:29:29 AM PDT by Raebie (~Never go down with a loaded gun~)
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To: djf

I think when I had that Asian flu, that was the sickest I have ever been in my life (I’m in my 50s)


37 posted on 10/23/2009 7:37:56 AM PDT by gattaca (Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan)
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To: silverleaf

Oh my, that is horrible. So very, very sad.

Yeah, we feel pretty fortunate. When the doctor told us that he also had pneumonia, I was a little worried, because I know this virus can get pretty bad once it gets deep enough into the lungs.


38 posted on 10/23/2009 7:39:25 AM PDT by FarRightFanatic (It wasn't an election. It was a socialist coup.)
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To: Raebie

The chest congestion was the worst. It was hard to breathe.

Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain (severe formula) saved me. Double the dose to achieve perscription strength. Only take once every 12 hours.

Mucinex did exactly crap for me.


39 posted on 10/23/2009 7:43:34 AM PDT by Raebie (~Never go down with a loaded gun~)
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To: RushingWater; JPJones; luv2ndamend; rintense; trustandobey; SoftballMominVA; silverleaf; ...
Thank you all! In times like this information and comparitive experience is critical and I know I can always count on FReepers for help when in need!

We have brought my daughter's fever down but will get her into the doctors today. The motrine should wear off by then and we'll get a proper assessment. I'm good if hurting is the worst of it and that's been the majority of it the past two days.

Cheers and prayers up for those still afflicted...

40 posted on 10/23/2009 7:53:23 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

Well, we are a family, in a way, aren’t we? :)

Good luck at the dr’s and keep us posted!


41 posted on 10/23/2009 8:31:01 AM PDT by FarRightFanatic (It wasn't an election. It was a socialist coup.)
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To: Caipirabob

Bump. Because we care.


42 posted on 10/23/2009 8:38:42 AM PDT by youturn (Conference, Christine!)
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To: Caipirabob

Don’t stop the motrin for the doctor visit. They will believe you without making her more uncomfortable.


43 posted on 10/23/2009 9:15:35 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: Caipirabob
Last week I had a splitting headache for three days, and I was achy. It did start with a mild sore throat which I treated immediatly with vit c and salt water gargles. I also use a neti pot every day so virsus don't get a foothold.

The rest of the family had similar symptoms with a runny nose as well, starting before mine.

I take 10000 IU vit D everyday since I had a malignant mole removed a few years ago. I think it helps with flus and colds as well, since I generally get a much milder version of what everyone else gets. I used to get hit harder.

44 posted on 10/23/2009 10:12:31 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Caipirabob

It definitely sounds like you have the flu. There are no body aches with a “regular” cold virus. If you are in the United States, there is no other flu going around but the H1N1. So you probably have swine.

While all the flu symptoms could hit you, some people have it without the fever. Some even have it without much lung activity.

Some people get over it in 2-3 days. Some get over it in 7-10 days.

But right now, with H1N1 WIDESPREAD in nearly every state, if you come down with any of the following symptoms in any combination, I’d armchair diagnose it as H1N1:

— high fever (with no other explanation, like infection)

— body aches

— sudden and extreme fatigue, where you NEED to get into bed

— sudden lung congestion and cough

Even one of these alone could be YOUR symptom of the H1N1.

My little boy had an instant high fever and cough. A normal cold would be a sore throat, sniffles, low fever, and the cough would come a day or two LATER. The flu can give you a cough right away.


45 posted on 10/23/2009 10:21:54 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: RushingWater

I went through what you did, several days after my son had finished with the H1N1. I woke up and felt like CRAP. Took a shower, looked at my appointments, and wondered if I could make it to them all. This was in August. I probably did the wrong thing and tried to go about my day, feeling sicker by the minute. I wasn’t sure I could make it home. I had not ONE symptom I could describe except feeling REALLY SICK, quite “off.” A few hours later, I was feeling fine, back to normal. I still don’t know if I had it or not.


46 posted on 10/23/2009 10:24:54 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Rappini

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47 posted on 10/23/2009 5:17:17 PM PDT by JPJones (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: Caipirabob

No one in our family has been hit with the flu...yet...(knock on wood). Wanted to let you know that a friend of mine that has a PhD in Pharmacy recommends Sambucol and Oscillococcinum to combat flu. She is also ardently against the H1N1 vaccine, FWIW. Here are the links for you:
http://www.oscillo.com/
http://sambucolusa.com/
In addition to Vitamin C and Vitamin D, Selenium is supposed to support the immune system as well. I hope your family is doing better soon.


48 posted on 10/23/2009 5:35:43 PM PDT by Juana la Loca
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To: bgill

bump


49 posted on 10/23/2009 5:46:07 PM PDT by The Mayor (The character of your children tomorrow depends on what you put into their hearts today.)
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To: SoftballMominVA; Caipirabob
The swine seems to start with a headache as the first symptom, then body aches, then a variety of coughs, fevers, sniffles, sore throats - any or all of those.

Had exactly all of that starting about two weeks ago. The lower backache and leg aches about a day before coming down with the cough/fever, etc. was quite pronounced. I'm just now getting normal.

I didn't have any nausea or stomach issues - just reduced appetite.

50 posted on 10/23/2009 5:51:19 PM PDT by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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