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Illnesses that resemble flu?

SmasherSmasher Starting to get dizzyRegistered User regular
edited November 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
For the past three days I've been getting sick. It started off with a sore throat the first two days, which disappeared yesterday to be replaced by a strong headache and some nausea. I suspected it was the flu, which was rather unfortunate timing since I have two midterms today. I've gotten an appointment for the makeup for one of them, but the other teacher is requiring me to get tested and get a doctor's note to that effect.

The problem is that today I'm feeling better. I know the flu typically lasts closer to a week and involves quite a bit of vomiting; I've felt close to it yesterday, but it never happened. I'm thus faced with a dilemma: take the midterm and hope I'm not it's not the flu and/or I'm not contagious (it's an 800 person class D:), or skip it and take the flu test and take the risk it's really something else I can't get a makeup midterm for, which would basically tank my grade in the class.

Now for my question: Do my symptoms sound like something other than the flu? I'm heading to the doctor's to get tested right after I post this, but I think the results won't get back until after the midterm starts.

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  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    The symptoms of influenza do not include nausea. It's possible you just had a sore throat (something irritated it), followed by a migraine (which can include nausea).

    It's also possible it's a stomach virus (frequently incorrectly called "the flu" in layman's terms), but if you're not actually throwing up, it's either not that, or an incredibly mild one.

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  • SmasherSmasher Starting to get dizzy Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Just got back, and you're right, it wasn't the flu. It is some sort of viral infection, though they didn't say what kind.

    I think I may have been mixing up the symptoms of the flu with those of pneumonia. When I was a kid I was sick for a week with what I thought was the flue and had dizziness and vomiting, etc., but maybe it was the latter instead.

    Anyway, guess you can lock this now. Thanks.

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