Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:
- Fever (usually high)
- Tiredness (can be extreme)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)
Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms.
Ever get mild versions of these symptoms, one or two at a time, over several days instead of all at once? One day, you've got the body aches; another day, the gurgling stomach; a third day, you've got a mild sore throat -- but not all at once, and, other than those specific symptoms, you feel okay.
I call that Serial Flu.
And that's how I've spent the last three days or so. Body aches and slight sore throat on Wednesday; on Thursday, I woke up with a raging headache, and spent the afternoon with a gurgling stomach; today, I've got sinus pressure and more stomach joy. I'm not quite sick enough to really feel sick, but just crappy enough that I don't feel well.
At least I missed out on Con Crud!
It usually hits in years that I've had a flu shot, which makes me suspect that I would have been slammed pretty hard without the shot.