The Flu Is No Fun for Fibromyalgia

The Flu Is No Fun for Fibromyalgia
Today is day seven in the life of my flu. How do I know it's the flu? Severe dehydration landed me in the emergency room where my nose was swabbed and the diagnosis was verified. In case you're wondering, I did not receive a flu shot. I was tempted, especially when otherwise healthy people began suddenly dying. Unfortunately, I had a negative reaction to flu vaccine in the past, so I am not a good candidate to have another. It's worth noting that my husband did receive a flu shot, yet he now also has the flu — with the same symptoms and the same severity I have. Because I've lived with fibromyalgia and a weakened immune system for most of my life, I'm no stranger to viruses like this year's flu. In fact, I'm famous for being the first one to get sick and the last one to get well. But, I must admit to being disappointed I got sick this year anyway. After all, I made a valiant attempt to avoid it. I took all the necessary steps. Only one person I knew was sick this year, and I didn't see her for an entire month before she became ill. The message here is that this virus is out there, hiding unseen everywhere. Avoiding it may be the most difficult, most important challenge that you, as a person with a chronic illness, will face this year. I urge you to double up your efforts. I'm sure we're all steering clear of sick people whenever we can. The challenge is to determine who they are. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people are contagious even before they exhibit symptoms. So, how can you know who to avoid? We've all been schooled in strict hand cleanliness routines and the importance of not touching our eyes, nose, or mouth. Using alcohol sanitizers are a good idea when soap and water aren't available. And this could be the time to go a
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  1. Terry says:

    So sorry for you and your husbands Flu!
    I did take the flu vaccine and we have been staying in a lot more. When we go to the supermarket we use masks! People stare and snicker but it doesn’t bother me as I have diabetes, heart disease and Fibro and many more immune disorders that could be detrimental if we caught the flu! We r doing all we can to be safe as the CDC said there could be up to 16 more weeks of this!

  2. Jagdish Khalsa says:

    Thank you for writing this article.
    I too am suffering with the flu and fibro.
    Everything with us is longer.
    I also don’t get the flu shot because I am allergic to a million antibiotics and other meds so didn’t want to possibly subject myself to something worse.

  3. Terri says:

    I had the flu shot last year and had increased muscle and joint pain over 2 days. I didn’t get one this year and the severity is awful. I feel like I am a strong person but this sucks. I am getting one as soon as I am well enough.

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