Flu-like illness

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Flu-like illness is a diagnosis when a doctor is not sure of the virus causing a patient's symptoms. Common cold viruses, RSV, parainfluenza, and rhinovirus can cause symptoms similar to the flu. A doctor may think you have the flu but doesn't see the point in doing an official flu test as it won't change what your doctor recommends for symptomatic care.[1]

Flu-like illness in ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Many ME/CFS patients had a flu-like illness as their onset.[2][3][4]Flu-like symptoms are experienced by all patients no matter the onset/trigger and these symptoms are exacerbated by minor exertion which is called post-exertional malaise.[5][6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Clopton, Jennifer (January 4, 2018). "Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters". WebMD. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  2. Bluestem, Lisa (October 18, 2012). "Flu-like Illness Onset Poll". Phoenix Rising ME / CFS Forums. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  3. "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)". NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders). Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  4. "Diagnosis In Acute Onset ME/CFS - Emerge Australia". Emerge Australia. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  5. Tucker, Miriam (July 31, 2017). "Scientists Edge Closer To Elusive Lab Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". NPR.org. See image information. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  6. Services, Department of Health & Human. "Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)". Retrieved September 8, 2018.

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