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Doctor insights on: How Long Does Headache Associated With The Flu Last

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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


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Can one still get the flu if taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) to prevent it? My husband had it last wkend, I took full script, have fever of101. 5&headaches since tues

Can one still get the flu if taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) to prevent it? My husband had it last wkend, I took full script, have fever of101. 5&headaches since tues

Can still have flu: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) decreases the possibility of infection but you could have been infected with the flu before even starting the medicine, but just had not started showing symptoms yet. ...Read more

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I have been sick three times in the last month. Sinus infectio, stomach flu, and a cold again now. I now have terrible headaches since the flu.

I have been sick three times in the last month. Sinus infectio, stomach flu, and a cold again now. I now have terrible headaches since the flu.

Flu and headaches: You probably have a secondary sinus infection that needs antibiotics to cure.
Do you have a doctor you can speak to to help you? ...Read more

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I had sex last for the first time & ive been having headaches & feeling tired then I got the flu. My stomach rumbles & im gassy, am I pregnant?

I had sex last for the first time & ive been having headaches & feeling tired then I got the flu. My stomach rumbles & im gassy, am I pregnant?

Missed period?: If you missed your period by 4-5 days, do pregnancy test. If the result is negative, repeat the test 4-5 days later. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Last night I had a fever, chills, body and head aches, and frequent urination I thought I had the flu but when I woke up I felt better. Why?

Last night I had a fever, chills, body and head aches, and frequent urination I thought I had the flu but when I woke up I felt better. Why?

Immunity vs Detox: A purely medical explanation would be that you actually did have a viral infection and you have a strong immune system.

An alternative explanation might be that your body was "detoxifying". Those toxins had accumulated in your body, and were now being released. As they were released from your cells (because you did something that allowed them to be released, such as rest!), you had symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I take for the body aches and headache associated with the flu?

Can you tell me what could I take for the body aches and headache associated with the flu?

Tylenonl or NSAID's: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot cause a headache?

Can the flu shot cause a headache?

Yes it could: The flu shot has fragments of the h1n1 virus that caused the 2010 pandemic, and is known to produce a robust immune response. In certain cases, it may cause a headache which should go away. If your headache worsens where you feel extremely ill, begin to have neck pain or become confused, it may be something other than the flu shot- see your doctor if this is the case. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a bad headache with the flu?

Influenza: Yes, severe headaches may occur, but the headache might also be due to other causes. If it continues unabated as your influenza is resolving definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having headaches and bodyaches all the sudden. I feel like I have the flu. What's going on?

I'm having headaches and bodyaches all the sudden. I feel like I have the flu. What's going on?

Need more info: Without knowing all of your symptoms and doing and examination it is impossible to know what is going on. It is like saying to mechanic my car shakes and gets hot what is it. Go get examined. ...Read more

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Could the flu shot posibly cause vertigo and headaches?

Could the flu shot posibly cause vertigo and headaches?

Yes it could...: The flu shot causes an immune response that is similar but less intense reaction compared to the real flu (fever, mild myalgias, arthralgias). This is expected. In rarer cases, it could result in the symptoms you describe. However, it is best to be evaluated by a physician, to ensure it is not some other diagnosis that is independent from the flu shot you just received. ...Read more

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I'm sweating, have a terrible cough, headache and no appetite. Could this be the flu?

I'm sweating, have a terrible cough, headache and no appetite. Could this be the flu?

Possibly: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” ...Read more

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Headache light headed nausea fatigue of this the flu?

Headache light headed nausea fatigue of this the flu?

Symptoms: You may have the flue, in which case drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated. May also be symptoms of a migraine. If it continues for more than 1-2 days, call your doctor. ...Read more

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Just started exercising for first time ever - and experience headache after. Getting over the flu and still congested. Worry?

Just started exercising for first time ever - and experience headache after. Getting over the flu and still congested. Worry?

No: Exercising with a head full of congestion would likely cause a headache in almost anyone. You should feel better as your cold improves. Don't exercise so strenuously until you feel better! ...Read more

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3x have had what it like the start of the flu but hasn't turned into anything. Grazed feeling inside allover and severe headache. What could it be?

3x have had what it like the start of the flu but hasn't turned into anything. Grazed feeling inside allover and severe headache. What could it be?

See a doc: If you have never had a headache like this then go to a doc asap. New headaches are not ok until checked out especially when they are accompanied by medical symptoms. ...Read more

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Good evening, I have been sick for 5 days with the flu. I have been experiencing a really bad headache this evening though and have checked my body te?

Good evening, I have been sick for 5 days with the flu. I have been experiencing a really bad headache this evening though and have checked my body te?

The flu can cause: A headache as part of is symptoms. If this headache persists for more than a few days or gets worse, see a Dr. Otherwise, tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetaminophen) or advil may relieve headache. Fever can also cause a headache, so keep your temp down withe tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil. ...Read more

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My son has been sick for 5 days with aching legs, headache, fever and upset stomach. He is also getting congested in the head. Could this be the flu?

My son has been sick for 5 days with aching legs, headache, fever and upset stomach. He is also getting congested in the head. Could this be the flu?

Yes: Influenza is widespread right now, so the constellaton of symptoms you descibe certianly could be influenza. Could also be other viruses or strep, so best to have child tested to see what is what so appropriate therapy can be initiated. Drink lots of fluids and rest! ...Read more

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My friend has a sore throat, stomach ache, headache and fatigue. He got the flu shot a few weeks ago. Is it allergies? A cold? What could it be?

Many possibilities: Not the flu unless he was already in the early stages. In the flu shot the viral genetic material has been denature or "killed." your body will probably react with mild symptoms because of the remaining products used in you immune response. The responses vary on how fast your immune system responds. Could be many causes. Least of which is the flu. ...Read more

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I tested positive for the flu and mono, but have no symptoms (just one bad headache). Is this normal?

I tested positive for the flu and mono, but have no symptoms (just one bad headache). Is this normal?

Yes: But close follow up is important. Neither disease is exclusive;you can be affected by both. Rest and close follow-up is best. ...Read more

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Can a lupus flare feel like the flu? I had a headache for 2 weeks, now I just feel fluish- I just got diagnosed 2 months ago- very new to this stuff, and if it is do I call the rheumo? Or wait it out

See below: Sometimes it can feel like the flu, but see your doctor whether it is your primary or rheumatologist to make certain your blood pressure is normal since you are having headaches---however the headaches could be from other things such as sinus problems. ...Read more