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Day 6 of 100+\- fever, severe body aches and chills, congestion and I had a severe headache that lasted 4 days and finally passed. Flu test negative.

Day 6 of 100+\- fever, severe body aches and chills, congestion and I had a severe headache that lasted 4 days and finally passed. Flu test negative.

Sounds like flu: The test for flu is not very reliable. The CDC reports it is 40-70% sensitive, which means that a negative tests are falsely negative in 30-60% cases. Most clinicians report that the test is negative in ~50% of patients with clinical symptoms consistent with flu. Your symptoms are consistent with the flu, and it is most likely cause of these symptoms during winter months in a young adult. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Body Aches (Definition)

Muscle pain is most frequently related to tension, overuse, or muscle injury from exercise or physically-demanding work. In these situations, the pain tends to involve specific muscles and starts during or just after the activity. It is usually obvious which activity is causing the pain. Muscle pain also can be a sign of conditions affecting your whole body, like some infections (including the flu) and disorders that affect connective tissues throughout the ...Read more


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Having body aches and chills and headache foe 2 days. No fever. Been taking advil, nasal decongestant and mucinex but only giving temporary relief. Been drinking fluids. What else should I try?

Having body aches and chills and headache foe 2 days.  No fever.  Been taking advil, nasal decongestant and mucinex but only giving temporary relief.  Been drinking fluids.  What else should I try?

Body aches: Sounds like a viral process. I like to use Airborn or Emergen-C two or three times daily. You can try increasing vitmin C, B-multivitiamin and Vitamin D3. If not improving get checked. ...Read more

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Body ache, chills, headache, no fever, what could it be?

Body ache, chills, headache, no fever, what could it be?

Could be: Many things: viral infection, immune problems, thyroid problems and many other causes. A thorough physical exam by a physician and laboratory work-up may help establish a diagnosis and guide treatment. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of 101.1 fever, whole body ache, neck pain, headache and chills. I was fine last night. ?

Take ibuprofen: I would take some ibuprofen for the symptoms and then be checked by your doctor or an urgent care. Those can be symptoms early on in a strep infection or a viral infection. ...Read more

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Headache, persistent  cough that started last night, 100.1 fever, vomited this am. No major body aches. Is this flu?

Headache, persistent  cough that started last night, 100.1 fever, vomited this am. No major body aches. Is this flu?

Flu: Greetings, Yes, this sounds like the flu. Rest, fluids, cough suppressants and pain meds as needed. If the symptoms persist beyond 5-7 days, see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Chills (Definition)

Chills may occur at the beginning of an infection and are usually associated with a fever. Chills are caused by rapid muscle contraction and relaxation, and are the body's way of generating heat when it feels that it is cold. Chills often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more