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Sunday, December 06, 2009 Jada, Community Member, asks

Q: long lasting Flu symptoms. I am still sick after a month. I am told it can't be the flu.

I have had the following symptoms for a month: chills, occasional dripping nose, congestion of respiratory tract and nose. Bad head pains affecting my eye, occasional sweating and flu feeling. I was told that I was not contagious after so long. I am exhausted, and I have trouble breathing at times. I am told by the CLSC I cannot be sick for so long! I am.  Can anyone enlighten me please?

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Charli, Community Member
12/17/09 10:54pm

Could be a sinus infection or some complication from having the flu. I was sick for a month with what I thought was the flu but found out I had bronchitis from having the flu, the actual flu didn't last as long but sure felt like I still had it. Either way, you should see your doctor if it persists past a week (don't wait as long as I did!) and if it was your doctor who told you that you were not contagious but didn't tell you what was wrong then I would suggest a different doctor! 

T.H., Community Member
4/ 5/10 10:41am

My son had all those systems and he was very contagious.  He tested positive for the H1N1

8/13/14 1:26pm

Hi Jada,


You posted this quite a long time ago, but I was wondering if you ended up with a diagnosis and effective treatment plan.  I would love to hear about it.  It does sound like you could have ended up with complications from the flu and, hopefully, you found a doctor who listened carefully to you regarding your symptoms.  The flu can lead to pneumonia or bronchitis or other secondary concerns.


Of course only a medical doctor can make diagnoses, and you should always seek medical care if something lingers for more than a week to ten days.


I do hope all is well!


I have a few articles dealing with the flu that might interest you.


Flu Symptoms & Severity | About (Flu) | CDC

What Is the Future of Flu Treatment? A HealthCentral Explainer

Flu Remedies: Use them before It’s Too Late

Quiz: The Truth About the Flu Vaccine


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By Jada, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/17/14, First Published: 12/06/09