any doctors on rf? (bad fluu)

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    Nov 05, 2009 7:30 AM GMT
    i was wondering if anyone has had a bad case of the flu (don't know if it's swine flu) lately or experience with it.

    felt fine tues...woke up today with irritated throad...slight fever around 2 pm....when i got home from campus the fever really kicked in--i was shivering really. i have never felt this sick in my life

    any suggestions for OTC drugs or tips to reduce fever anyone before i go to my physician in the morning?


    much appreciated ;D

    (symptoms now: fatigue, can barely sit up with out being nauseated...fever still)
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    Nov 05, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    Go to the student health center on campus. It should be free because that cost ins inclusive with tutition. See what they say,
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    Nov 05, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    I know your throat is sore, but take a gatorade and mix it with water, poor out half and add water. get some tylenol and ibuprofen. take them alternately. read the label for tylenol, if it says take every 6 hours, on hour 3 take the ibuprofen. i am not a doc, but thats what i did when i had the flu...get some spray that numbs the throat before you drink...but its really important to stay hydrated. Feel better....also if its early on, you may wanna call a doc and get some tamaflu....
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    Nov 05, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    At the first sign of coming down with something like this, I IMMEDIATELY begin taking 500 mg of vitamin C with every meal. Usually, within 24 hours, my energy levels are back to normal and any remaining symptoms are very mild. I continue to take the same amount per meal, until whatever bug it is is completely gone, which takes 7 days for me.
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    Nov 05, 2009 4:35 PM GMT

    Sorry to hear that you feel so sick.

    I came down with the flu on Sunday morning and had pretty much the symptoms you described - high fever, chills,nausea, extreme fatigue, throat pain, headache and cough.

    For me the key was to get the fever under control. My doc ok'd 800mg of ibuprofen every six hours with 500 mg tylenol in between the doses of ibuprofen. By late Sunday night, my fever was down from 103 to 100 and I felt considerably better - still tried and sick, but not scary sick.

    From Sunday night I took 400mg doses of ibuprofen and an over the counter decongestant. By yesterday I was feeling a lot better and the fever was gone. Today I'm a little tired and subdued. So I'll take it easy for a couple of days and hope to be firing on all cylinders by the end of the weekend.

    My experience with this flu is that it comes on like gangbusters, but it goes away pretty quickly too.

    Hope you feel well soon.
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    Nov 05, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    Had the flu recently.
    Prior to this episode Ibuprofen (Motrin) use to do the trick - bring down the temperature and make me feel better. BUT with whatever i had, Motrin did nothing! Acetaminophen (Tylenol) worked much better. It brought my fever down from 102.5 to 100 and helped alot with the joint/muscle pains.
    Follow the other common sense stuff like rest/fluids and unless you have other health issues, all should be OK in about 3-5 days.
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    Nov 06, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
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    Sorry to hear that you feel so sick.

    I came down with the flu on Sunday morning and had pretty much the symptoms you described - high fever, chills,nausea, extreme fatigue, throat pain, headache and cough.

    For me the key was to get the fever under control. My doc ok'd 800mg of ibuprofen every six hours with 500 mg tylenol in between the doses of ibuprofen. By late Sunday night, my fever was down from 103 to 100 and I felt considerably better - still tried and sick, but not scary sick.

    From Sunday night I took 400mg doses of ibuprofen and an over the counter decongestant. By yesterday I was feeling a lot better and the fever was gone. Today I'm a little tired and subdued. So I'll take it easy for a couple of days and hope to be firing on all cylinders by the end of the weekend.

    My experience with this flu is that it comes on like gangbusters, but it goes away pretty quickly too.

    Hope you feel well soon.



    Thanks a bunch for the feedback. I actually did not get a chance to read any of it before going to the hospital.

    This one hit me hard like never before--it was pretty scary. I started having trouble breathing around 11 pm yesterday and felt like fainting so I had to get a friend to bring me to a hospital.

    It turned out that the breathing difficulties were a result of severe tachycardia induced by a combination of the high fever and laryngitis. They gave me morphine through an IV push. Left hospital around 5:30 am. Got car sick. Threw up at home immediate after being dropped off and knocked out after that.

    Woke up around 5pm today. I'm feeling waaaaay better right now. I was prescribed 800mg ibuprofen and vicodin. No fever now. Just slight nausea and can't even notice the sore throat and laryngitis.

    Now I just gotta wait for the laryngitis and sore throat to heal. That was also the first time I've ever been to a hospital. If I were to describe the "hospital experience" I'd be like this: you go through 2 hours of hell in the noisy waiting room where no one cares about you, and then they finally transport you to a place just the opposite where they stick you with drugs.

    Feels like I'll be fully recovered within 3 days icon_biggrin.gif

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    Nov 06, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Just in case someone else is reading this who has similar symptoms: if you think you have the flu, please consider going to your doc--Tamiflu is very effective against H1N1 (unlike the regular seasonal flu) especially when you start it with a day or 2 of symptom onset. This is especially important if you have any chronic medical problems--I have seen healthy people that seem to get over H1N1 faster than a cold but for people with poorly controlled diabetes or COPD this can start a terrible cascade of events leading to an ICU stay.

    Also the H1N1 vaccine provides very good protection, I would recommend getting it, along with the seasonal flu vaccine, once it is available to you. I have gotten both, neither one had any side effects besides a little arm soreness.