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LinefinderLinefinder ModeratorPosts: 7,320 Senior Member
 I haven't had the flu since the early 80s. Forgot how bad it was. 4th day in I can't take any medicine for it because the BP meds I'm on. I feel like death on a cracker. CA wasn't as painful as this. Mike
"Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
N454casull
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,570 Senior Member
    Too bad you waited so long, When I had it back in December, Doc gave me the new Xofluza, It's GREAT, but you have to take it within the first 48 hours of symptoms appearing
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,213 Senior Member
    edited February 2020 #3
    Feel better soon 😷 Mike.

    I honestly can't remember the last time I had the flu. Colds and bad colds yes, but not the flu.
    I get those flu shots every year and they sometimes make me feel like I have a mild cold but I can't remember being dog sick with the flu.
    Get better soon, I'll send a prayer or two your way 🤧
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,157 Senior Member
    Force as many water based fluids through your system as you can stand. No cafine 
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,680 Senior Member
    Take care, that sucks 
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,221 Senior Member
    Get better Mike...last time I had the flu I felt like I'd been ate by a coyote and crapped off a cliff
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,162 Senior Member
    Bummer, Mike.  I hope you get to feeling better soon.

    Can you take any OTC meds, such as Theraflu or Nyquil?   I've never had the flu, so have no idea if they can help.  I'm surprised, though, that you can't take meds for the flu because of the BP meds.

    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,364 Senior Member
    If you need a short respite from symptoms, a mega-dose of vitamin C has always worked for me so I can get to sleep, get to the mailbox, make it through a conference call, etc...

    Get better soon.  The flu sucks
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  • AccipiterAccipiter New Member Posts: 887 Senior Member
    It tore through our household during the holidays.  When momma finally got it, life just sucked for everyone.  Hope you get better soon.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    First couple days wasn't that bad. I just felt a little out of sorts. Saturday I feel pretty bad. Sunday I feel worse. And today I can hardly stay out of bed. If I had a clue it was the flu I'd have gone in.
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,846 Senior Member
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,213 Senior Member
    Force as many water based fluids through your system as you can stand. No cafine 
    Good advice 👍
    There's a saying in medicine, "The solution to pollution is dilution."
    Well, your present condition got me reading. Here's something I found pretty interesting.
    It seems like vitamin C and D are good against the flu... Hmm.
    Anyway, if you're not feeling better by tomorrow call the Dr and ask what you can take to treat your symptoms. He'll want to know (if he doesn't already know) what meds you're taking at the moment. Then get lots of fluids and rest 😴
    The Flu sucks! Get better soon.

    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,570 Senior Member
    Coricidine HBP offers stuff to treat you symptoms and is especially  made to NOT raise your BP
    https://www.coricidinhbp.com/products/
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,297 Senior Member
    I take the flu very seriously. I get my flu shot as my immune system has already been compromised by diabetes. 

    Plus the Spanish Flu in 1919 killed more people all the previous years of WW1 infecting 30% of the human population and 20-50 million people died.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    edited February 2020 #15
    My doc told me a couple years back  that the problem wasn't the OTC stuff raising my BP, but that the OTCs could interact with the BP meds I'm taking. (5 of them).

    I talked to my pharmacist yesterday and he put it like this...OTC cold/flu meds won't raise BP by any significant amount. Unless your BP isn't under control and you are at borderline stroke levels all the OTCs are safe.

    As to interacting with my prescription BP meds, he said they won't. He said the warnings are pretty much medical legalese as CYA, since no one can predict all outcomes under all possible conditions, so they (both OTC and Rx mfgrs) boilerplate against mixing the two. My pharmacist won  my vote when he said, "I'll bet if you ask your doc if you can eat bacon he'll tell you maybe, but you shouldn't."

    Great....I went straight to the Coriciden HBP and Theraflu Day/Night aisle.

    Wish I'd known this a few days ago.   I don't feel good yet, but I don't feel like I'm dying anymore.

    Mike


    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,012 Senior Member
    It's awful.  I get my shots which is necessary for us old people.  The only time I had flu was when I was a teenager, a long time ago; the Asian Flu, I think it was.  I was about 5 miles from home when the firs symptoms occurred and had to walk home.  About a mile from home, I had to lay down in the woods.  Made it home, collapsed on the couch, and didn't remember anything for about a week.  If I suffered, and I probably did, I can't remember it.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    I had walking pneumonia when I was training at Twentynine Palms. I didn't know that until my recent CA event. The docs found some really old lung scarring. But, sickbay visits in the Corps, while not outwardly discouraged, were, as we all knew, frowned upon. I still remember breathing the cold desert air before sunrise as like choking on a handful of needles. Three months to get over that, as I recall.

    This isn't that bad, but I'll sure be happy to get over it. My appetite is shot, I don't think I've eaten a real meal since last Thursday. Nothing is appealing, and 2 bites of whatever I've tried has been enough.

    But, I'm craving red meat.

    Mike


    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,162 Senior Member
    I had walking pneumonia when I was training at Twentynine Palms. I didn't know that until my recent CA event. The docs found some really old lung scarring. But, sickbay visits in the Corps, while not outwardly discouraged, were, as we all knew, frowned upon. I still remember breathing the cold desert air before sunrise as like choking on a handful of needles. Three months to get over that, as I recall.

    This isn't that bad, but I'll sure be happy to get over it. My appetite is shot, I don't think I've eaten a real meal since last Thursday. Nothing is appealing, and 2 bites of whatever I've tried has been enough.

    But, I'm craving red meat.

    Mike


    Want me to come shoot some prairie dogs for you?  You'll have to clean them, though.  Just be careful and don't get the plague.

    FWIW, I've never had a flu shot, and never had the flu.  I hope these are not my famous last words. :*
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    Jerry, the plague might be an improvement over this. And if you can shoot 'em, Machell can figure out how to cook 'em. But, she won't do catfish, squirrels, or okra. I consider that a fault of her Iowa upbring.

    I had the flu in I think it was '83. It was pretty bad. Imagine the worst chest cold and multiply x4.

    But I think I'm doing a bit better today.

    Mike


    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • RaftermanRafterman New Member Posts: 261 Member
    It's been so many years since I've had the flu that I can't remember when. But your story brings back the painful memories of it. I get the shot every year so maybe that has helped. Being retired I don't have the exposure to the sick and injured like I used to have. Hope you have a quick recovery.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    My wife's an elementary school teacher, and she's exposed to everything under the sun and she pays the price. I'm usually pretty resistant to whatever she brings home, but this time my luck ran out.

    She called me from work a few minutes ago and asked how about a steak for dinner? That woman can read my mind. I'm ready to be a carnivore again. Curled up in a fetal position, looking at a cup of coffee like it's the enemy isn't the real me. I'm one good meal away from this being in my rearview mirror.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,570 Senior Member
    Glad to hear you're on the mend
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    Thanks, Paul. But I'm not as much out of the woods as I thought.

    Went to Safeway to restock TheraFlu and was barely coherent speaking to the cashier and I didn't even care.

    Dinner......it's what's for supper. I'm hanging my hat on that.

    I'm going back to bed now.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    You will feel better once you get some calories in you.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,221 Senior Member
    edited February 2020 #25
    Living the somewhat hermit-like life that I do...really limits the exposure to the seasonal bugs...frequent hand washing and wiping down shopping carts when I have to go to the store...

    The flu shots and pneumonia shots are must haves for us older codgers......those bugs will kill you...
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    I work for a biomedical firm, and every year we get free flu shots at work. Ten years ago, my first year there, I took the shot and couldn't raise my left arm above the shoulder for almost 2 weeks. I've avoided flu shots like the plague (see what I did there?) since then.

    But, I may have to rethink this strategy.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    edited February 2020 #27
    Jay, value your hermit like lifestyle. With my wife working for a public school district we're constantly exposed to everything from black death to bed bugs.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,213 Senior Member
    Skip the coffee, eat the meat.

    Coffee will dehydrate you and then you'll be sick and dehydrated. Drink Pedialyte or sugar free Gatorade. Stay hydrated and eat when the mood hits you so you manage to eat something. Take your cold and flu medication and get plenty of rest.
    Only a few more days and you'll be back to 100-ish percent. 👍

    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,438 Senior Member
    sorry to hear that.

    if you can, i would head to a pharmacist and see what OTCs they have that wont affect your BP meds.

    If you cant make it out, can you ask a friend? make sure they know what BP meds you are taking so they can ask.


    The ears never lie.

    - Don Burt
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,110 Senior Member
    I work for a biomedical firm, and every year we get free flu shots at work. Ten years ago, my first year there, I took the shot and couldn't raise my left arm above the shoulder for almost 2 weeks. I've avoided flu shots like the plague (see what I did there?) since then.

    But, I may have to rethink this strategy.

    Mike
    My wife knows someone who was crippled by a flu shot last year, she wasn't able to walk for months, and still isn't completely "right". So now we're skipping the flu shots...
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    Don't get me wrong. I'm all for mandatory vaccines like measles, smallpox, chickenpox, etc. if you're going to school, work in a hospital, serve in the military, etc. But the flu vaccine is formed to counter "last years" flu, with no degree of confidence that it will counter "this years" flu.

    Going through a "mild" case of flu every year to protect against something I've caught twice in forty years is a case of diminishing returns for me.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
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