For people with other health 'complications', viruses can stick around and make a difficult situation much harder to deal with.
It's frustrating to hear comments and advice such as "You'll feel better in a day or two", or "Just take this tablet and it will let you go on".
Chronic illness sufferers know that these viruses can linger, can develop into worse illnesses, don't respond to 'normal' levels of medication. And viruses always make chronic illness symptoms much worse.
Laid flatI recently got an unidentified virus. Fever, malaise, exhaustion, brain fog, headaches and body pain. Seemed like the flu, only without the dripping nose and dreadful cough. It threatened a few times to drop onto my chest and morph to bronchitis.
Eventually, it settled into severe sinusitis - just the inflammation, no infection. But, the headaches, oy!
It knocked me out for two weeks while it was trying to make up its mind what type of virus it was. I was going from bed to couch, and back again, sleeping 15+ hours.
I probably should have taken more time off work as the virus made my fibromyalgia and endometriosis symptoms flare. But two weeks was what the doctor recommended.
One week back at work, still with fever, headaches and dizziness, and I've picked up a tummy bug to knock me down once again.