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My bones ache badly and and stomach rumbling I've had flu virus past 3 weeks...

My bones ache badly and and stomach rumbling I've had flu virus past 3 weeks. Didn't seem to be getting any better.

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The answer

Flu is a common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be vary unpleasant but you should usually start to feel better within about a week. Some of the main symptoms of flu include a high fever, tiredness and weakness, headache, general aches and pains and a dry/chesty cough.

For some people who are otherwise fit and healthy, there’s usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu like symptoms. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. There are some medications that may be able to help alleviate some of your symptoms if you speak to your local pharmacist they will be able to advise you further.

Consider visiting your GP if:

  • you’re 65 years of age or over
  • you’re pregnant
  • you have a long-term medical condition
  • you have a weakened immune system
  • you develop chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or start coughing up blood
  • your symptoms are getting worse over time or haven’t improved after a week.

In these situations, you may need medication to treat or prevent complications of flu. Your doctor may recommend taking antiviral medicine to reduce your symptoms and help you recover more quickly.

Please contact your practice surgery and book an appointment/telephone consultation with your GP for further medical assessment of your symptoms as you have been feeling unwell for three weeks and your symptoms haven’t improved.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses