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6 days ago I started to get a sore throat/cough which didn't

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6 days ago I started to get a sore throat/cough which didn't seem to be a big deal. Two days later I developed a high fever, a constant headache from my forehead to the top of my head. My eyes were burning/sore and equilibrium was off. I spent two days in bed drinking plenty of fluids and since then the worst symptoms have gone away. However, I still have residual cold symptoms (cough/runny-nose/congestion) and have not fully regained my appetite. I also still feel drained and "groggy" in the head. I'm self employed so I'm taking the time off to get plenty of rest but whenever I start moving around too much I start feeling tired/drained and have to get back in bed and rest. I guess I'm asking if it is normal to need this much time to get better (tomorrow will be a week) and do you think this was some kind of flu virus? What would you recommend? I haven't seen a doctor because I currently don't have health insurance. I am a 30 year old male who rarely gets sick and usually just shakes it off and works through it. Non smoker, moderate drinker. Any help/advice would be great, thanks- James
Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?

yes, but I'm not sure how I ended up in the eye department

Doctor DanB : Oh. Well if it's okay I feel like I am definitely more than qualified to help you and can answer your question with certainty if you'll work with me.
Doctor DanB : Your symptoms sound very consistent with a viral illness, likely a flu virus. It is quite common for the symptoms to be lasting a week to sometimes even two weeks so the fact that you're improving but still have residual symptoms is not surprising and doesn't worry me.
Doctor DanB : Do you have any other questions about this?
Doctor DanB : Are you still there?

Would you recommend maximum rest until completely better? Or should I slowly try to resume daily activities. Also what about eating? I am able to eat small amounts of food but don't quite have my normal taste back. Does eating slow the recovery down?

Doctor DanB : Not eating regularly shouldn't slow the recovery significantly nor should slowly advancing your activity slow your recovery. I think it's actually better to gradually increase your activity as you can because when you wait sometimes until you feel 100% better, it is sometimes harder to get back to your normal routine.

Thanks for your help. It sounds like as long as nothing is getting worse I'm ok and just have to wait it out.

Doctor DanB : Yes. I think that's precisely it. I bet by a few more days you'll be much more functional. So you have any other questions about this?
Doctor DanB : I meant do you...

no, that was it


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