Thread: Lupus and H1N1
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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Re: Lupus and H1N1

Hi there.

I have SLE and MS and currently have the H1N1 flu. Being what my Docs considered "high risk" they wanted me to get the shot as soon as it was available but lucky me...I got the flu first.

For me, my symptoms have been what my Doc calls "the typical H1N1 virus on steroids". But based on what I have been reading on here I am not sure there IS a "typical" case of the flu. It ranges from very mild to very serious.

I am on day 8 of a temp in the 103 range. Also have the cough, chest pain, severe body aches, fatigue, sore and swollen throat, headache, and nausea. I had a few days of GI symptoms as well but that is dying down.

Yesterday was the first day I felt good enough to move from the bed to the couch. Today despite a high fever I feel a tad bit perkier thus me being on the computer.

I am not on the immune surpresant drugs currently so my immune system is in hyper drive (as they say) and in attack mode. SLE will do that as we lupus people have no doubt learned during our daily struggles with SLE.

ONE IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THIS FLU. MAKE SURE TO HYDRATE. PUSH THOSE FLUIDS EVEN IF YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE IT.

Sorry for the caps but I almost got placed into the hospital due to moderate dehydration. So push fluids and watch for dehydration signs such as dizziness, skippy pulse, poor urine out put, dry mouth, etc...

Not just water either. It is important to be getting your electrolytes as well. The Docs have me drinking gatorade on top of warm teas, water and sucking on pedilyte pops.

If you have SLE I suggest asking your specialist about the vaccination AND about what to do if you get the virus.

Wishing you health,

SW
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