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Was this a flu virus?

Asked by tedibear (17548points) July 5th, 2014

Yesterday, around 3:30PM, I started to feel like I do when I’m getting a flu bug. I was a bit achy, tired, a little feverish. As the afternoon and evening progressed, the symptoms got worse. (Fever peaked at 102F and even my hair hurt.) I took ibuprofen around 6:00PM, went to a cooler room in the house from 6:30 to 7:30 and I could feel the fever start to break around 7:30. I sweated for about a half-hour, had a glass of wine at 8:00 and was completely fine by 9:00! There was no intestinal involvement, so I doubt food poisoning. No residual symptoms this morning.

Was it a flu virus? Something else? I couldn’t find anything when I tried Google. I’m grateful for the short duration, but it was strange!

For background, I used to run high fevers at random as a child – 102F to 104F – for no apparent reason. But I don’t remember being achy when that happened. That stopped when I hit about 12 or 13. I remember asking my mom about rheumatic fever, but she claimed that she had me tested. I have no idea if this is true, but I don’t think she would make it up.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Unlikely (although possible) that a virus could come and go so quickly.

More likely to be something biological passing through. Fuggedaboutit.

JLeslie's avatar

Doubt it. High fever with flu usually lasts at least 4 days, along with being unable to move out of bed.

Is 9:00 last night for you? Or, are you still in that same night? I don’t know what time zone you are in? The ibuprofen might still be working for all I know. Ibuprofen takes about 50 minutes to start working, which explains your fever breaking just over an hour after the meds, and lasts about 6 hours, depending on how much you took.

zenvelo's avatar

You most likely had a virus of some sort, just not an influenza strain. There are lots of different types of viruses, and you may have gotten a weak one or one that you’d been exposed to enough to build up a small defense against it in order to fight it off.

pleiades's avatar

Whoa a glass of wine after Ibuprofine? You’re putting your living to work that’s for sure!

Also it’s possible you had a mile infection somewhere on your body or in hence the quick response of your body. OR it could have been nauesea you know what I just don’t know either haha

jca's avatar

After the fact, even a doctor would just be taking an educated guess. Your best bet is next time that happens, go to the doctor or ER and get tested.

JLeslie's avatar

Did you cook food in Teflon at high temperatures? That can cause a quick “flu.” The fumes can give you chills and fever and aches. Has to be very hot. Maybe if you cooked in oil for a while frying some food.

tedibear's avatar

@JLeslie – I live in the Eastern time zone in the U.S. I did cook with oil in Teflon last night, but I felt bad before that.

@pleiades – I doubt the infection as I just finished an antibiotic. Interestingly, I finished it yesterday and those symptoms are listed as a serious side effect. Hmmm, something to tell the doctor about next time I’m in.

JLeslie's avatar

Well, if you felt bad before that it wasn’t the Teflon flu.

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