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Flu w/o much of a cough at all?

Let me start off by being 100% honest and state candidly that I am a slight hypochondriac because I have generalized anxiety disorder that is pretty much under control until I get sick!.

Anyway, Friday, my son woke up with a pretty high fever. Over the next couple of days, he stayed in bed and developed a pretty nasty sounding cough and sneezing. His first day back to school was today - he no longer has a fever (48 hours ago was his last) and only has lingering cough that seems to be getting better.

Well, as hard as we try - he is 12 and is NOT good at doing what he needs to do not to infect other people. Well, Tuesday, I woke up and had a sore "throat". I put throat in quotes because it was not really the traditional place one would think of when you say sore throat. It was a little bit further down my windpipe I guess you would say. This was the only symptom that I had at this time and the sore throat went away within an hour or so, though I started to feel "not quite right" if you know what I mean.

Well, throughout the morning, I started feeling worse quite suddenly - mainly burning, watery eyes, muscle aches, feeling feverish, chills, etc. I left work early for the first time in 7 years (because I just do not get the flu usually) by that evening, I was in the bed, achey (achy), bad all-over headache, fever of about 101.5 ish to 102. Still no cough or runny nose or anything.

The next morning I woke up and felt HORRIBLE. I was all sweaty (had only slept for about 4 hours of fitful sleep), bad headache, very weak, fever of nearly 103, muscle aches, etc. At this point, I did cough a few times, but nothing regular, and not anything like my son had.

Throughout the day yesterday, I started feeling much better, fever was hovering around 99-101, but I felt better. (I was taking very minimal amounts of ibuprofen). I though I was going to be lucky and have kicked this thing in a short period of time - I tend to do some non-stop drinking of water during this time and have been drinking 4 packs of Emergen C, which is good, but I have since had to stop do to too much Vitamin C causing slight diarrhea.

Well, I took a nap at around 4 and woke up about 6:30 - when I woke up, I felt bad again, which freaked me out a bit. But as I drank more water, ate some tuna sandwiches, I was feeling better again. By the way, my appetite has been almost normal this whole time.

I slept pretty well last night - about 7 hours, woke up and felt better almost well again! However, as the day progressed, my temp hovered between 98.9 and 100.9, though the aches and slight chills and sweating returned. I still have very little cough - I do cough - but not like most do when they have the flu (trust me I am not complaining!). I am starting to develop a little bit of a stuffy nose and have sneezed about 5 good sneezes in the past 6 hours (that feel like those you get with a cold).

So, my question is - does all of this sound pretty status quo for the flu? And can you have the flu with very minimal actual respiratory symptoms. Actually, logic dictates that I have the same thing my son had and he has all the respiratory issues, but I don't? Am I just lucky? Or should i expect that part to get worse?

Sorry, for the long-winded question, but I am pretty bored at this point after being in bed for 3 days. I am very much high energy and never sit around - I haven't taken a nap (a regular nap) in years! That might explain that while I am weak feeling, and feel fatigued, I can't really sleep.

Mike
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It could be some other kind of virus. It doesn't have to be the flue. We all present with different symptoms and it sounds like your body is trying to fight it off. The best thing you could do is rest, eat if your hungry and stay well hydrated like you are doing. Doctors say Viruses can last any where between 7 and 10 days. If you are not over it in 7-10 days or see continual improvement then you need to see the doctor.
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Thanks for the response. As of right now, I am feeling much better. For some reason over the past few days I have been feeling much better in the morning and then as the day progresses, I begin feeling worse. Yesterday, I was feeling good (though my fever had returned at a low 99-100) but about 5:00, I felt very fatigued and tired. Took a very fitful nap and woke up feeling horrible - 102 fever had returned, chills, etc. Called the doc, said it sounded like a secondary infection, but I didn't have symptoms of pneumonia. I had planned on going to urgent care today, but woke up and my temp is now back at my normal 96-97.8. It seems like my recovery has been going in cycles, but at the end of each I feel better than the time previously.

Now, I am facing a very busy 1st day back and work and am so concerned with overdoing it. This wouldn't be so bad if I didn't work nearly an hour away and I do not want to get sick again at work and have to drive that far home! We shall se what happens. I plan on making a very low-impact trip to pick up some more water at the grocery store in a bit that will give me a better idea of how I will feel. Thanks!

Mike
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I had this over a week ago I thought it was an abrupt diabetes I have never felt sotited in all my life , standing and walking were a huge effort ..low back ache across the flanks, some fever but not high no cold no cough, it lasted 9days I even went to the doc for blood tests .still waiting results .My legs felt so heavy ..anyway it must have been a virus I have been looking to find someone else who felt like it.Must have been a kind of flu ...
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