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Old 01-04-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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I've been fighting a cold for about 3 weeks now and just got over a vicious 24 flu bug. I never thought it was possible to have both illnesses at the same time. Is what I just dealt with normal?
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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If by 24 flu bug, you mean stomach flu, it's not actually related to influenza at all. So yes it's possible to have both.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:49 PM
 
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If by 24 flu bug, you mean stomach flu, it's not actually related to influenza at all. So yes it's possible to have both.
I thought so. Whatever those bugs were, they kicked my arse into next week.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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It's also not normal to have a cold that lasts three weeks. The "old wive's tale" is 3/3/3: 3 days arriving, 3 days active, and 3 days departing. That's 9 days total with the middle 3 being miserable.

A day or two longer - eh. Might be just stubborn. But almost two -weeks- longer? Plus a stomach flu in the middle? That sounds like something you really should see a doctor about.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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Sometimes diarrhea will go with a bad cold, usually if you're swallowing a lot of mucous instead of spitting it out. My husband always has at least one day of bad diarrhea when he's got a cold.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:44 PM
 
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It's also not normal to have a cold that lasts three weeks. The "old wive's tale" is 3/3/3: 3 days arriving, 3 days active, and 3 days departing. That's 9 days total with the middle 3 being miserable.

A day or two longer - eh. Might be just stubborn. But almost two -weeks- longer? Plus a stomach flu in the middle? That sounds like something you really should see a doctor about.
I hope you're right. My lady told me there has been a real bad cold going around with people coughing like crazy. I'm still weak and with an edgy tummy.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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If I'm right, it means there is something ELSE causing all that sickness. Pertussis, some kind of virus, air-born bacterial infection, a mild but contagious form of pneumonia, viral bronchitis, etc. etc. etc.

That's why I say you should go to a doctor, since it's lasting longer than the typical cold and has symptoms that -might- indicate something else.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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Everyone is getting sick
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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A little off topic, but why do many people call a stomach virus a "flu"?
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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The stomach flu is the common term for gastroenteritis. I don't know why. Perhaps once, a long long time ago, someone heard that they had a virus (viral gastroenteritis) and told someone they had "a virus" and someone else confused "a virus" with "the flu virus" and it spiralled out of control from there.

Suffice it to say, when someone says they have a stomach flu, they're not using an incorrect term. It is THE #1 most common term for gastroenteritis, with "a stomach virus" being a close second. It's just what it's called. Like a cold, isn't really cold. But that's what a cold is called.
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