Flu-like symptoms

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Flu-like symptoms are experienced when one has influenza, a flu-like illness, many other illnesses and diseases, and some medications.[1]ME/CFS sufferers experience recurrent flu-like symptoms which increase after exertion due to post-exertional malaise (PEM).

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Body aches and pains, chills, cough, fatigue, fever, headache, muscle soreness, nasal congestion, sore throat, and stiffness are all flu-like symptoms due to influenza or flu-like illness.[2][3][4]Malaise, which is a feeling of weakness, discomfort, like you have an illness, or simply not feeling well is often described by patients with a cold or flu as well as many other illnesses.[5]

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Patients reporting flu-like symptoms can help confirm a diagnosis of ME/CFS. These symptoms can include general pain (myalgia) and a feeling of being unwell, a fever and temperature control, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands.[6][7][8]

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There are many illnesses, infections, contagions and contaminants that can cause flu-like symptoms such as: anthrax, brain infection, central nervous system infections, chickenpox, enteroviruses, food poisoning, fibromyalgia, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Hodgkin's disease, Legionnaires' disease, lyme disease, monkeypox, Percocet withdrawal, respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, Weil's syndrome, and many more.[1][5]

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  1. 1.01.1 "Causes of Flu-like symptoms - RightDiagnosis.com". www.rightdiagnosis.com. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  2. "Flu-Like Symptoms | Infections | Contagious Diseases". Jun 26, 2014. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  3. Clopton, Jennifer (Jan 4, 2018). "Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters". WebMD. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  4. Gardner, Amanda (Feb 21, 2018). "7 Conditions That Feel Like the Flu–But Aren't". Health.com. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  5. 5.05.1 "Malaise: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis". www.healthline.com. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  6. Kraft, Sy (Jan 22, 2018). "Chronic fatigue syndrome: Symptoms, treatment, and causes". Medical News Today. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  7. Dellwo, Adrienne (Aug 16, 2018). "The Complexity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Verywell Health. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  8. "Symptoms, Testing and Assessment". www.meassociation.org.uk. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 
  9. "Malaise: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis". www.healthline.com. Retrieved Sep 26, 2018. 

Post-exertional malaise (PEM) - A notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small physical or cognitive exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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