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Who knows something about Flus and Fevers. My boyfriend got sick tonight, suddenly.

post #1 of 15
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I arrived home tonight, to find my BF burning some CD's on his computer. He seemed totally normal. About an hour later he was on the couch shaking like a leaf, asking if I could bring down a heating pad and turn up the furnace. It was totally warm in my house. He complained that his hands were like ice, however they felt warm.

I knew he had a fever. He said he'd been having some abdomen pain earlier, but that it had subsided. He also had joint pain.

I gave him an Advil which eventually seemed to help. At least he stopped shaking and was able to move from the couch.

We're trying to figure out how he got sick as since Friday night, we have stayed in. He went to his sisters this evening for dinner. Is it possible he caught a flu from his sister's child (who is not sick) so quickly? Does anyone know how fast one starts displaying flu symptoms after you are in contact with the virus?
post #2 of 15
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He's now sweating it out. In the bedroom, I can actually smell the spices his sister used for Easter dinner coming out of his pores. He's kicked off all the blankets and is finally wanting water (it was too cold for him before).

I think he'll survive. Now the question is how will I survive at work tommorow with minimum sleep!!!!

As an aside, Fred cuddled up to him on his legs recently. After reading the Purring article on TCS, I praised Fred and told him to keep the purr frequency coming!
post #3 of 15
It certainly sounds like flu symptoms. I know when i had it a few years ago i ached all over, i couldn't stand any lights on because my head hurt so much, and my nightdress had to be changed twice a day because i was sweating so much. All i did was drink plenty of fluids and take painkillers.

As for how long does it take to contract it, i've been fine in the morning, but if someone has it at work i've seen me start to get the symptoms later that evening
post #4 of 15
It does sound like a flu like virus - I had the same issue last year, around the same time last year. Its no fun. My doctor gave me ibuprofen and told me to stay in bed, which I did. Wasn't much fun, but I got better quickly. I suggest he has hot lemon and honey drinks (the real stuff, not out of a box. )
post #5 of 15
Sounds like 'flu to me. Especially as it came on very quickly, and with no apparent exposure. He'll be OK -- he'll have a few days of feeling like he's going to die, and won't be interested in anything except moaning and sleeping. Lotsa fluids, lotsa sleep, tylenol for the fever and aches, cozy blankets, and soon he'll be right as rain.

We mostly don't get 'flu in this house, but DH picked it up and went through the mill with it. I figured I had managed to duck it. Not so -- three weeks to the day after he came down with it, I did. So there can be quite a lag from exposure to symptoms.
post #6 of 15
The flu comes on fast and hard. You can be fine in the morning and absolutely miserable by afternoon. With the flu, though, your bf wouldn't be feeling better a couple of hours later. Although the worst symptoms of the flu may subside in a few days, it can take a couple of weeks or more to be back to yourself with it. He could have picked up another virus, though. We all know, it doesn't matter what you call it when you're the one who's sick with it ! Sure hope he's feeling brand new after grabbing a few hours sleep! I'd invest in some Vitamin C
post #7 of 15
Have you thought of the possibility of food poisioning? He may have gotten a bad piece of meat or such. In any event I hope that he is feeling much better soon and that you are awake enough to survive the day at work tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by SillyJilly View Post
Have you thought of the possibility of food poisioning? He may have gotten a bad piece of meat or such. In any event I hope that he is feeling much better soon and that you are awake enough to survive the day at work tomorrow.
Do you get a fever with food poisoning?
post #9 of 15
Just thought I'd mention....not to worry you, just to alert you...what you are describing is most likely the awful flu going round

But as you may know flu symptoms, fever, muscle pain, headaches and possibly a rash are signs of meningitis...which needs medical attention straight away.

If you are a little concerned, you can do a google search and just go through a check list of symptoms to see if its relevant/see if its worth getting him checked out
post #10 of 15
You've already received excellent advice. I'd like to add that is is very possible to get a fever with food poisoning, and the symptoms can come on suddenly.

It does sound like the flu to me. We've found flu symptoms start 2-3 days after exposure. There was a nasty flu going around here in February-March with lowered body temperatures. I've found the best thing to raise the temperature back up is a HOT HOT shower.

How is he doing now?
post #11 of 15
I had food poisoning a couple of years ago. It started with severe abdominal pains. I have never been so sick in my life, not even when I had an ulcer. I thought I was dying. I also ran a fever.
post #12 of 15
I don't want to worry you but drom what you describe it could be appendicitis. The thing that makes me think that is the onset of sbdominal pain and then he felt less pain. A girl friend of myne hade the same type of thing years ago. He momfirst thought she had the flu but when she called the doctor he sugested they go in just to make sure. Well lster that night she was rushed into surgety to prevent it from bursting. I found the symptoms on Webmd for you. If he fits these call you doctor and see what they have to say about it.
Appendicitis can be deadly. When ever I ge the flu or my DH does we always have the doctor check it. I just worry sometimes.

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disor...s-appendicitis
The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:

* Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign.
* Loss of appetite
* Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
* Abdominal swelling
* Fever of 99° F to 102° F
* Inability to pass gas

Almost half the time, other symptoms appear, including:

* Dull or sharp pain anywhere in the upper or lower abdomen, back or rectum
* Painful urination
* Vomiting that precedes the abdominal pain
* Severe cramps
* Constipation or diarrhea with gas

Call your doctor if:

* You have pain that matches these symptoms. Do not eat, drink, or use any pain remedies, antacids, laxatives, or heating pads, which can cause an inflamed appendix to rupture.
* If you have any of the mentioned symptoms seek medical attention immediately since timely diagnosis and treatment is very important.
post #13 of 15
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Came home from work today and BF was busy working on the computer, watching TV and wearing his bathrobe. He isn't feeling 100% and definetly still has a fever, however he is up and about, not curled up shaking like last night.

I asked about some of the apendicitis symptoms. He doesn't have these symptoms (without going in to detail).

I suspect now that it is just a flu.

Thanks for all your help!
post #14 of 15
Glad he's doing better!
post #15 of 15
I am glad that he is feeling better.
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