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.
Flu-like illness in ME/CFS[edit | edit source]
Many ME/CFS patients had a flu-like illness as their onset.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.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Clopton, Jennifer (Jan 4, 2018). "Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters". WebMD. Retrieved Sep 8, 2018.
- Bluestem, Lisa (Oct 18, 2012). "Flu-like Illness Onset Poll". Phoenix Rising ME / CFS Forums. Retrieved Sep 8, 2018.
- "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)". NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders). Retrieved Sep 8, 2018.
- "Diagnosis In Acute Onset ME/CFS - Emerge Australia". Emerge Australia. Retrieved Sep 8, 2018.
- Tucker, Miriam (Jul 31, 2017). "Scientists Edge Closer To Elusive Lab Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". NPR.org. See image information. Retrieved Sep 8, 2018.
- Services, Department of Health & Human. "Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)". Retrieved Sep 8, 2018.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, often used when both illnesses are considered the same.