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I've been sick forever

I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 23, 2011 - 36 answers

Urgent care? ER?

Urgent care? ER? Where am I supposed to go? I don't have a doctor here (Fairfax County, VA). I'm clueless. I got the flu last weekend but am still experiencing symptoms, including a new one - a burning hot pain in the pit of my stomach. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Is this the flu? Is it too late for help?

I had a headache for 10 days and now I have chills and nausea. I've never had anything quite like this before, but the closest was influenza. Given that prescription antivirals are supposed to be effective only within the first 12-24 hours of symptoms (and I'm now 240 hours past the first symptoms), would it be worth the misery of going to urgent care for this? I don't feel extreme tiredness or muscle pain as I have with past flus, but perhaps that wonder will be saved for tomorrow.
posted by jewzilla on Aug 5, 2011 - 11 answers

yup, that's about the worst possible timing.

I'm 3/4 of the way through my Advancement to Candidacy exam, with the oral exam coming up this Friday. Aaaand as of last night, it seems I've got something flu-like. Any suggestions for how I can best take care of myself, sleep well, and hopefully not have too much brain fog on Friday morning? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 21, 2011 - 6 answers

flu during finals blues

Is it appropriate to ask for an extension on a final exam due to flu? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Dec 16, 2010 - 28 answers

The lowdown on Emergen-c

Alright, so it's cold/flu/etc season and my roommate brought home a package of Emergen-c. He welcomed me to it, so I figured what the heck, I'll take a look at it. Then I noticed it says you can take it post-workout, which spiked my interest because I'm a self-described 'gym bum.' [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Dec 14, 2010 - 21 answers

Does the immune system improve noticeably over a few years with no flu shots?

Does the immune system improve noticeably over a few years with no flu shots? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Nov 26, 2010 - 14 answers

My period is making me sick.

Does anyone else here get sick (flu, fever, etc.) when they have their period? [more inside]
posted by shelayna on Oct 16, 2010 - 19 answers

How can I get a swine flu jab in London?

I live in London and would like to get vaccinated for swine flu. I am not in a "high risk" group. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by handclaps on Feb 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Pregnant Proximity Prognosis

The situation: Wife is 8 weeks or so weeks along in her pregnancy. I woke up this morning after 12 hours of sleep (about double normal) with a fever (103F) that has subsided down to low grade (101F). This question isn't about me however, I generally bounce back from occasional flu like stuff and this shouldn't be any different. (YANMYD, etc). Should I be avoiding physical contact with the wife until we sort out what this illness is? Should we change the bedsheets/etc so we don't expose her? This is both of our first passes at this whole baby making business so we don't want to screw it up, and that includes being overly paranoid and over the top reactionaries to normal every day stuff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Lowering the bar on the definition of "healthy"

Why haven't I fully recovered from bronchitis, six months later? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Very long-lasting stomach bug.

Very long-lasting stomach bug. Good self-care (well-hydrated, well-slept) but symptoms still bad after 13 days. [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Jan 6, 2010 - 23 answers

What happens to expired Tamiflu?

What happens to expired Tamiflu? [more inside]
posted by amro on Dec 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Where are they hiding them?

H1N1 vaccine in NYC question. I'm looking to getting vaccinated for H1N1. I don't have a personal physician and none of the drug stores seem to have it (I was asked to call back in 2010) and I don't qualify for the free nyc clinics. Where else can I look? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Dec 13, 2009 - 13 answers

So how bad is the swine flu??

How blown-up out-of-proportion is the swine flu scare relative to other life-threatening infections/diseases? Is it alarming enough that I need a swine flu shot if I'm going to SE Asia in DEC09/JAN10? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Dec 7, 2009 - 29 answers

Can we ask a sick person to leave?

Can we ask a sick person to leave? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson on Nov 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Pandemic flu tourist vaccination

Which European countries currently provide or are planning to provide flu shots (H1N1 strain) openly, without invitation letters or national health insurance? [more inside]
posted by rom1 on Nov 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Am I sick because I'm healthy?

Flu vaccine and immunology questions, I have a few. [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse on Nov 6, 2009 - 10 answers

What do flu pains feel like and do they mimic pains that have been felt in the past?

I'm sick and I'm trying to figure out if it is a cold or flu. The symptom that I would like help diagnosing is pain. I am experiencing muscle pain, but it is similar to non-flu pain I have had in the past. Does flu pain tend to manifest itself similar to pains that your body has had otherwise? [more inside]
posted by pluma moos on Nov 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Hey, pig piggy pig pig pig...

So, I had probable Swine Flu (H1N1) - do I still need the vaccine? If so, when should I get it? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Nov 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Can swine flu jump?

I have a meeting shortly with someone who will have just come from her sister's bedside; the sister has the swine flu. I am pregnant and wondering if I am being overly cautious to want to cancel. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Oct 28, 2009 - 17 answers

Can employers tell people when employees are sick?

My employer just asked us to contact HR if any of our employees are diagnosed with H1N1 flu. Is this allowable under HIPAA? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Are there different flu vaccines for Chinese people and roundeyes?

Asking for my sister-in-law: is the swine flu vaccine formulation given to people in China (Shanghai) the same as the US version? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Oct 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Should I get the H1N1 vaccination?

Is it really worth getting the H1N1 flu shot? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 25, 2009 - 21 answers

Can I take this expired cough syrup? Just for tonight?

Terrible cough, too late to leave the house in search of remedies -- can I take this expired (expired April 2009) prescription Tussionex cough syrup or is there a better solution in my house? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Oct 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Infant: H1N1 flu vaccine now or wait for preservative-free version

Is it worth delaying H1N1 swine flu vaccination for an 8-month-old infant to get the preservative-free version? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Oct 23, 2009 - 52 answers

A different type of dirty house.....

I left the house last Wednesday afternoon for a week. My roommate was hospitalized for H1N1 on Friday. I am returning to our home tonight. What precautions should I take to sanitize the place/protect myself ? [more inside]
posted by wannabehippie on Oct 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Most comforting things in the world

What are the best ways to comfort someone with a bad cold/flu? [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 on Oct 20, 2009 - 21 answers

H1N1 vaccinations in the SF Bay Area

Do you know where my wife and I can get H1N1 vaccinations in the SF Bay Area BEFORE October 31st? Preferably in the East Bay. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Oct 19, 2009 - 5 answers

No soup for you!

I have a question about childrens' flu vaccines and insurance. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Comfort foods for the sick around the world?

What are different cultures' versions of comfort foods that are prepared for people who are sick and feeling under the weather? [more inside]
posted by illenion on Oct 15, 2009 - 67 answers

Days of swine and roses

Odds are that the flu I've had since Friday is H1N1: a Canadian government tracking site says that 97% of diagnosed cases of flu here right now are H1N1. Does this increase or decrease my need for an H1N1 shot when they become available?
posted by zadcat on Oct 12, 2009 - 11 answers

mystery diagnosis

Did the hospital save my blood samples and could they be retested? Would swine flu cause a positive test for regular flu? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 answers

What can I do to help my immune system fight against colds/flu since Zicam is no longer available?

What can I do to help my immune system fight against colds/flu since Zicam is no longer available? [more inside]
posted by spacelux on Oct 3, 2009 - 26 answers

Anybody have a stomach flu horror story? How long did it last?

Does any one have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) horror stories? I am going day 5 and I have never heard of anyone having it longer than 2 days.
posted by burlsube on Sep 29, 2009 - 28 answers

Anosmia - is it forever?

Getting over a lousy cold/flu, can breathe again but can't smell anything. Is this permanent? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Guinea Pig Flu

Our 13 month old has been invited to participate in a clinical trial to see how the swine flu virus and the regular flu virus react in small children. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on Sep 17, 2009 - 22 answers

Can I get H1N1 from grading papers?

Are student papers a possible vector for H1N1? Is there a way to sanitize them without destroying them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Best place to get H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination?

Best place to get H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Sep 16, 2009 - 11 answers


With all this flu talk, it got me wondering...I got a really bad case of it back in March. (Doctor confirmed.) Could it possibly have been of the swine variety? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Sep 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Lord knows we don't need ANOTHER pig-boy running around the house

YANMD-Filter: Going for my first ever prenatal exam (@ 8 weeks) and will most likely be encouraged to get the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. Should I? [more inside]
posted by lilgoyl on Sep 9, 2009 - 20 answers

Either really lucky or really healthy

I've never had a flu vaccine. But -- I've also never had the flu, either. Am I safe continuing to skip the vaccine for a while longer? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Sep 7, 2009 - 57 answers

Travelling with Swine flu risks: Safety vs Bargain

Safety and budget -wise, should I buy a heavily discounted ticket now to SE Asia in January 2010? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Aug 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Is the H1N1 vaccine inherently more dangerous?

Swine flu vaccine question: If I've gotten the seasonal flu vaccine in the past without any complications, does this mean that I don't have to worry about the "Guillain-Barre syndrome" that hit people in 1976? Or will the H1N1 vaccine be formulated differently that the seasonal flu vaccine? This question is prompted by this article... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Aug 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Should I be worried about my mom?

YANMDfilter: Do these swine-flu-like symptoms require a trip to the emergency room? [more inside]
posted by alona on Aug 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Better the flu you know?

At what point should I consider (responsibly) getting myself inoculated with the flu? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Would the h1n1 test show positive after being sick?

Would an h1n1 test show a positive result on a person that had the flu weeks ago but is not currently sick? [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom on Jun 25, 2009 - 4 answers


Next thursday, I have a trip to China planned. Will the Chinese give us trouble out of swine flu fears? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Jun 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Swine flu and me

How worried should I be about Swine Flu on a business trip this week? [more inside]
posted by taubman on May 17, 2009 - 11 answers

If it smells like a pig, do we have to make a joke about it being pork?

Now that the swine flu has become an issue, is there a way to see if the "pig odor" part of the stimulus bill and such a joke on the media for a few days might have contained money to study things like containing swine flu outbreaks? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on May 5, 2009 - 5 answers

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