• over 1 year ago

    Abnormally long flu

    I don't think my scenario is worth visiting the doctor, so that's why I'm asking on here. My whole life through my early 20's whenever I got the flu (couple times a year maybe) it would last 12 hours maximum. Most of the time it wouldn't last more than a few hours. I could count on one hand the number of sick days I had in my entire K - 12 schooling.

    Now I'm 30, and the past couple years when I get the flu (couple times a year still) it will last a week or two. I currently have had it for about a week with hard symptoms including cold sweats, slight fever, body ache, head ache, overall tiredness, etc. Is this normal with my *older* age? Could alcohol be to blame (I drink on the weekend with the occasional glass of red on weekdays)? I'm not drinking when I'm sick of course. Otherwise, my diet is healthier than when I was kid, exercise is about the same (few times a week), stress level is about the same too.

    I guess I'm just wondering if this is normal, or if I should be doing something to prevent it.