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    The news is saying this is the worst flu season in decades. I came down with it last week, and have to admit that I am pretty surly that my primal eating, exercising ass got it and my cheeto eating, non-exercising boyfriend is f-i-n-e.
    While I am back on the mend, my workouts are still suffering. My energy level is low and strength is only about 75%. Has anyone else gotten through it yet and have any tips for getting better, faster? Of course logic tells me, rest, fluids, allow my body time to heal. But my ego says my biceps are shrinking and I'm losing months of gains.

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    DH and I got the vaccine. It is about 70% effective, and if a vaccinated person does get flu, it is a milder case. This years shot covers the worse of the flu strains, though not the newer, less prevalent B strain.

    Of course that is shutting the barn door after the horse has run away for you. DH swears by oscillococcinum to help with flu symptoms. It didn't have any effect on me. Haven't had the flu in about 7 years.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    You're doing the right thing. Just give it time. If you push yourself to do too much, you can get bronchitis or pneumonia. A friend of mine did that, and now has to deal with recurring pneumonia.

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    • #3
      My crap eating husband didn't get it when I did either Figures!

      Don't push it coming back - you aren't really losing "strength" as in muscle fibers or neurological adaptations - you are just in a weakened state. It'll come back pretty quick. I was down for the count for a week, week 2 I was clearly worse than normal in terms of performance and in that third week I was pretty much back to normal. If you push more than you really should I imagine it might increase the chance of developing bacterial pneumonia which "they" say is the big risk after a viral flu.

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      • #4
        It'll be all those artificial preservatives in junk food!

        I've had it and felt just the same....struggled to the gym a couple of times but was rubbish and in hindsight should have not bothered. In the longer run I (as usual) probably made myself worse by not just giving into it and resting.

        Two weeks on and I'm still coughing up gunk (sorry TMI) but am otherwise feeling fine. It took a few days of getting back into a routine and starting to exercise again before I felt my energy levels start to increase again.

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        • #5
          There is a huge difference between influenza and the common cold. You probably have the common cold. Influenze has more symptoms:
          - high fever (like 102 or more)
          - chills
          - diarrhea
          - vomiting
          - extreme body aches, like you are praying to god to let you die
          - upper respiratory infection
          - you are sick for at least 2 weeks

          Common cold doesn't have the high fever, chills, diarrhea and vomiting and the body aches aren't as bad. It also doesn't last as long.
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          • #6
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            • #7
              Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
              There is a huge difference between influenza and the common cold. You probably have the common cold. Influenze has more symptoms:
              - high fever (like 102 or more)
              - chills
              - diarrhea
              - vomiting
              - extreme body aches, like you are praying to god to let you die
              - upper respiratory infection
              - you are sick for at least 2 weeks

              Common cold doesn't have the high fever, chills, diarrhea and vomiting and the body aches aren't as bad. It also doesn't last as long.
              I had all that for 2 days ....then bam back to 100%. Most of what I understand of immunology says that this is a very healthy response. It's a quick and violent house cleaning that kicks up dust and leaves you in a healthier state than before the virus initiated the needed response. There are ways of looking at viruses and microbes that makes a lot more sense than the whole "invaders" point of view.

              Some may even argue that those (like your cheetos eating boy friend) who can not or do not initiate this response in conjunction with microbes as often as they should are actually the unhealthy ones.
              Last edited by Neckhammer; 01-10-2013, 12:10 PM.

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              • #8
                Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
                Ginger in fresh form- before and during a flu is great. I grate it and put a dollop of honey on it and swallow whole, or make tea- it's excellent for breaking up congestion especially in the lungs and is used in Chinese medicine for that purpose.
                Cayenne pepper (high in vitamin C, breaks up congestion)
                NAC (N-Acetyl Cystein) is a great immune booster and also breaks up congestion and is particulary good at warding off the flu
                L-Lysine is a good general anti-viral
                Vitamin D3 daily - I live in Alaska and take 5000IU a day and still don't quite get my serum levels where they ought to be
                Zinc and Selenium either through diet or supplementation
                A multivitamin to make sure you're getting everything you need
                Garlic is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
                And of course, wash your hands often and never touch your eyes or nose with your hands.
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                • #9
                  Got my D3 blood level up to 80 ng/ ml and haven't been sick in over 3 years. No asthma anymore, either!
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                  • #10
                    If I feel like I am coming down with something, I take 40,000 IUs of D 3 for 2-3 days and it never turns into anything. Try it!
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                    • #11
                      It'll come back pretty quick. I was down for the count for a week

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                        I had all that for 2 days ....then bam back to 100%. Most of what I understand of immunology says that this is a very healthy response. It's a quick and violent house cleaning that kicks up dust and leaves you in a healthier state than before the virus initiated the needed response. There are ways of looking at viruses and microbes that makes a lot more sense than the whole "invaders" point of view.

                        Some may even argue that those (like your cheetos eating boy friend) who can not or do not initiate this response in conjunction with microbes as often as they should are actually the unhealthy ones.
                        I just mentioned all those symptoms because it bugs me that people call a regular old cold "the flu" and get flu shots thinking they're going to prevent getting a common cold. I have had influenza only once in my adult life and let me tell you it was absolute hell and nothing like a cold at all.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          i hear ya! i had the 24 hr flu once when i was in high school and it was incredibly awful, but then bam it was over in 24 hrs. I've never had it since.

                          i am suffering a freaking cold for the first time in years right now. Everyday i keep thinking it's gone but then the runny nose and cough returns. I am sick of it!!! Been going on for almost 2 wks now which is seriously weird.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                            There is a huge difference between influenza and the common cold. You probably have the common cold. Influenze has more symptoms:
                            - high fever (like 102 or more)
                            - chills
                            - diarrhea
                            - vomiting
                            - extreme body aches, like you are praying to god to let you die
                            - upper respiratory infection
                            - you are sick for at least 2 weeks

                            Common cold doesn't have the high fever, chills, diarrhea and vomiting and the body aches aren't as bad. It also doesn't last as long.
                            Actually, the flu doesn't make you vomit or give you diarrhea. That's an entirely different stomach virus. I wasn't going to mention it, but you said how irritated you get when people get them mixed up. See the below from the CDC:
                            Cold Versus Flu
                            Questions & Answers

                            What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
                            The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

                            How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
                            Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can be carried out, when needed to tell if a person has the flu.

                            What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
                            In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations

                            Thanks everyone for the tips, looks like time is the best thing to heal this wound.

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                            • #15
                              Elderberry syrup combats flu by attaching to the sharp points of the flu molecules inside the human body and so preventing the flu from developing in an individual. An old country remedy in the UK.
                              I make it each year, fabulous stuff to have.
                              Flu can cause depression for upto 8 weeks because your body spends so much energy fighting it, so it takes a long time to recuperate.

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