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Flu - tell me I'm not alone

  • 28-12-2022 6:19pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭

    So I've pretty much been sick since around the 21st but it peaked around Christmas day. Exhausted, body weary, nausea, headaches etc. Got a gp appt online and they agreed I had a sinus infection so on an antibiotic. So slow to clear though...the pain in my teeth and face :(

    Is anyone else the same? Beginning to feel very down about feeling so rotten. Barely any appetite or interest in eating.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24 you_talking_to_me

    What a really bad dose going around and certainly seems to linger a lot longer than standard colds or flu’s with a range of symptoms affecting everything from head to toe.

    I’ve never known a period where so many people have been so sick simultaneously in my family and circle of friends as there’s been this December.

    And can anybody definitively say for sure exactly what they have or had? Seems not. Hang in there, coming up to ten days you must be nearing the end !

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,056 ✭✭✭✭TheValeyard

    Whole family has flu. We're totally and utterly fcuked. Fevers, puke, freezing, shivers, barely walk or talk. Havent left the house since Christmas eve and barely able to even celebrate Santa.

    I've had few star strains of Covid before and this is far, far worse. No smell, no energy, constantly needing to sleep.

    Fcuk this flu.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!

  • Registered Users Posts: 7 23h4589j1234

    Your definitely not alone

    I've had this exactly as you described

    I've never had anything like it

    And yes it's very slow to go

    Today is the first day in 12 days I'm starting

    To feel ok

    I've bought half the chemist at this stage

    The sinus part is brutal

    I found using a face steamer helpful.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,051 ✭✭✭Sarn

    Went through our house over the past week. Thankfully all in much better shape today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,213 ✭✭✭Cluedo Monopoly

    Huge amount of sickness about at the moment

    What are they doing in the Hyacinth House?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,317 ✭✭✭mojesius

    The worst is not being able to breathe out of your nose, especially at night. Waking up the next morning with a mouth and throat like sandpaper. Paracetamol does **** all for it aswell. I found a few hot whiskeys with loads of cloves and lemon over the Christmas helped.

    Last few days with it, I'm starting to get ear pain. I also look like I have scurvy, face all blotchy, swollen nose, sunken eyes and chapped nose and lips.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,774 ✭✭✭mulbot

    Have you all done covid tests?

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,974 ✭✭✭✭Danzy

    Real dose this year, hard to shift as well.

    COVID tested several times in the week before Christmas.

    Know more with it than without it

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭RetroEncabulator

    I was a bit reluctant to get the flu vaccine this year, as it tends to leave me feeling rough for a few days, but hearing what people are going through with those dose of flu that's going around seems it was worth it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,317 ✭✭✭mojesius

    Yeah I did three. It's more of a sinus virus thing here than covid. We had no temps or the body aches associated with covid but it's just a nasty lingering bug that's been doing the rounds in our house since start of November.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 682 ✭✭✭Oscar Madison

    Yeah! I was there also!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,498 ✭✭✭Northernlily

    Your not alone I've the exact same symptoms. Have not been able to eat properly since 23rd. It's frustrating, I don't feel too bad at the moment but cannot eat at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,627 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Ah yes, real Influenza, when it makes you realise that you've never actually had the 'flu at all.

    My wife and I caught Influenza just after Christmas 2017. I was really sick for about 2 weeks and suffered post-viral syndrome for about 4 months after, also called chronic fatigue syndrome, or M.E.

    I was in and out of work over that time and had to carefully manage the symptoms, with a balance of rest, light exercise and nutrition with supplements. Its basically what they call long-Covid these days, with all of these things being viral damage on ones system and metabolism, to a greater or lesser extent. And yes, I know severe long Covid is far worse than I had after that Flu.

    In any case, I've never missed a Flu jab or Covid vaccine since and even when I did catch Covid last March, it wasn't half as bad as that Flu and I felt zero effects after a couple of weeks.

    When you're in the teeth of the Flu, the most important thing is to manage the Fever and to keep hydrated. Drink as much liquid as you possibly can, water, tea, 7up, Lucozade, whatever helps. Each person's fever will respond differently to paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin, so find out what works best for you and stick to it. Again, constant hydration will keep those medicines flushed through your kidneys and thats very important.

    If your symptoms, or your families' are very severe; terrible headache, body aches and chills, swollen tonsils, ear and eye pain etc - take solpadeine or solpadol, which contain codeine phosphate, a very effective painkiller. But beware, no more than for a couple of days with those, codeine is a highly addictive opioid.

    If a child's fever does not break after 72 hours and they are not taking enough liquids that they have stopped urinating, get them to hospital.

    Look after yourselves, its a bitch of a dose.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,903 ✭✭✭Be right back

    You're not alone. Feeling rubbish since yesterday. Negative pcr test result today. Temperature, chills, aches, headache etc.🤧

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,874 ✭✭✭eggy81

    I’ve had it since the Wednesday 14th. Only coming right now. Septic dose altogether. Had antibiotic too. Seemed to get rid of it twice but seemed to come back at me in different forms.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,321 ✭✭✭Loveinapril

    I had a chest infection in early Dec, caught a cold the following week then it turned into a sinus infection so more antibiotics last week. My head felt like it might burst! I let the water in the shower bounce off my face and just blew my nose constantly. It has been such a poxy month!

  • Registered Users Posts: 367 ✭✭KrakityJones

    Definitely not alone, it is absolutely everywhere and it is the slowest boxtard of a thing to shift. Keeps going away and you think you're done only for it to hit again a couple days later.

    Both my kids (under 5) ended up hospitalised with it - Influenza A , that was almost 3 weeks ago and they're only just about over it now. I have never seen the likes of it and I never want to see it again. Flu shot for all of us every year from now on.

    Edit to add symptoms : high temperature that refused to budge with calpol/Neurofen, cough so bad it was causing the kids to vomit with it, sore throat, headache, sore bones, muscles, snots, being hot and cold at the same time, diorrhea, dehydration in the kids case, loss of appetite, tiredness, oh and let's not forgot the eye and ear infections. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Covid tests all negative

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,051 ✭✭✭Sarn

    I got the flu vaccine as well and it might have helped shorten it. The worst of it lasted four days (fever, aches, chills, vomiting).

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,310 ✭✭✭.red.

    Have you tried sudofed? When I'm bunged up, like I am now it's like a miracle drug. I find the difference between getting a proper sleep and not is if I take one an hour before bed and if I wake for the loo which I usually do cos of all the liquids I'll take another if it's 6/7 hours later. Really makes a difference to my form the next day, still weary but we'll rested.

    There seems to be a lot of colds and flu at the moment, more than any year I can remember. I think I've only had the flu once ever and I was in bits from it. Felt like I'd been hit by a bus and it took a good 2 weeks after I felt better before I could even walk the dog due to lack of energy and almost loss of breath if I came to a hill I usually fly up. Most people think the flu and common cold are the same thing. Very different beasts altogether.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭yellow hen

    Thanks for all the replies. I felt utterly miserable and a bit of 'is it mind over matter by now?'. My tooth is KILLING me but I'm ojnyhe antibiotic 2 days now and it's not helping. Im just so tired and body tired. I'm trying to drink lots. Alternating paracetamol and neurofen every few hours too. I have genuinely never felt so sh1t in my life and I've 2 painful childbirths and 2 surgery recoveries.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,448 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    Are/were you all aware of the flu vaccine? It's not a shot for kids it's a little nasal spray. Was the advertising campaign not enough?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭RetroEncabulator

    Yeah the flu is properly nasty. It literally killed one of my relatives. She was a sprightly lady in her 80s - looked about 50.

    She was in flying form - parties, holidays, driving … got a dose of the flu had been just taking panadol and the usual. She just got a bit breathless during the night without any warning, decided to call herself an ambulance and she arrived in hospital with full pneumonia and just passed away about 3 days later. This was several years before COVID arrived, so it definitely was flu.

    The actual flu is a horrible virus.

    I had a mild dose of COVID at the end of November and I’m still not quite right. A lot better but I was testing positive on antigens 16 days after and had banging headache and no energy for about the same length of time.

    The vaccines obviously did something as I never developed a cough at all, just body aches and that weird headache / sinus thing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 438 ✭✭mykrodot

    an awful lot of people getting this dose HAVE the flu vaccine. My sister is religious about the flu vaccine. She got it in October. And she got this flu on 21 December, I have NEVER seen her so sick in my life, temperature for 6 days, aches , chills, unable to eat with serious weight loss, now fighting a nasty sinus infection, sore teeth, headaches, unbelievable fatigue. Christmas was cancelled. This flu is resistant to the flu vaccine.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭yellow hen

    I'll take the liberty of believing that you're not being a smart ass. Yes, I'm aware and have had for 3 years. This year, I just didn't get to it due to a family death and just being mentally preoccupied. But thanks for the reminder... it's terribly useful now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 521 ✭✭✭Bargain_Hound

    Yep - whole family wiped out this Christmas with it. Some positive Covid, others not showing but really unwell.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,874 ✭✭✭eggy81

    What’s the teeth thing about. I had that for couple of days too. Ulcers on gums too in the latter stages of it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭yellow hen

    It's actually the worst bit for me. It's agony. I thought the antibiotic woudl relieve the sinus pressure and then the teeth would follow but its not helping. Definitely worse at night as you can't help but focus on it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,444 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    Had the flu for over a week now. First few days stuck in bed chills, vomiting into a bucket, cough, terrible sinus issues. Mostly cleared up except sinus issues. Neilmed sinus rinse from the chemist helps to wash out the sinuses and really helps to clear the nose and gives a better night's sleep.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,448 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    It still reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population & lessen the severity of it. Your poor sister (& other posters affected) sounds like a nightmare.

    No! I wasn't being a smart ass, sorry if I gave that impression, but I know of people that aren't aware of it. At least it worked for you when you took it! Sorry to hear of the death of your relative.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭yellow hen

    Thank you. I'm sorry for the assumption. I find that is the default on social media so I stand corrected. All my family usually get the vaccine as my oldest has asthma and my husband works in health care. He got this but nothing near as bad as me. Kids also weren't so bad, thankfully. I will never miss the vaccine again.