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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hachiban08 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2014 at 10:34am
Kyle, does your school have a health center? Mine does and most people that don't have outside insurance (like my s.o.) get to use the school's health insurance to get to go to the health center for "free" the pay comes out of the tuition. If you have a health center, stop on by there while you have time. Also, you guys have finals in the strangest times. We had ours in the second week of December. Good luck!
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Well I ended up leaving school early. Got a Dr appt in and he performed rapid flu, rapid strep, and overnight strep culture. Both rapid tests were negative, and will have culture results tomorrow. I have a low grade fever,extremely sore throat with white patches, neck soreness, chills, cough. He refused to prescribe me tamiflu in case it was a false negative. Hopefully its neither and just a nasty viral infection, but we'll know for sure by tomorrow I suppose.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jacksdad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2014 at 4:38pm
That doesn't make sense. He should have given you the prescription in case it was a false negative, not refuse to write it because it might be. And waiting closes the 48 hour window that antivirals like Tamiflu supposedly have.
I started with a really sore throat, as did my son. Hopefully yours doesn't last long - ours went away after 3-4 days. We didn't feel any better, but at least it wasn't painful to eat and drink. Good luck and stay overhydrated if you can.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FluMom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2014 at 4:39pm
Kyle, with the stiff neck I worry about Meningitis. If you get worse go to the ER.
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Rapid Flu Tests Not Always Accurate


http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/URItheFlu/35695


I dont put a lot of faith in rapid flu tests

increasing  amount of evidence that they are not that accurate


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I agree - very unreliable test.
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Wow, refused did he. Ignorance is still rampant. TX basically has widespread recommendations that ANYONE with flu like symptoms get Tamiflu despite any negative rapid tests. That's not a bad policy IMO. Hachi & FluMom give good alternatives if you have a clinic on campus try there, also the ER if you feel the need.
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Yeah at my doc they are handing out Tamiflu like candy. When I went back in for a steroid shot, there was a 14 year old kid getting seen and he did not test positive for the flu and he was being seen by a "student" the student came in to consult with the doc. The doc told the student give him Tamiflu, "I don't care that he didn't test positive, he has a cough and sore throat, he's got flu symptoms".
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Wish my dr here was like that, Penham. My crappy doctor in my college town would have said, oh, you are probably constipated and send me home. Can't wait to switch doctors, upon seeing an urgent care one, I had a mild form of salmonela that time (was about two years ago). I feel better seeing the urgent care doctors than my own doctor, just waiting for a good one to accept new patients. My hometown doctor was the best, but he retired this year, he always listened to me and gave me the tests I wanted to take and medicines I probably would need. :( College town one keeps trying to get me stuff I have a known bad reaction too and complains when I don't get it at the pharmacy. Blegh, I hope you're getting better, Kyle.
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Me too Kyle, hope you are feeling better!

I can relate to the bad dr scenario! I don't have insurance that's why I use the clinic that I do. They have very reasonable prices & some excellent dr's but when you walk in rather than make an apt you don't always get the shining star.

Here's a direct quote from an article that I posted tonight at sf.org...

The CDC has recommended health-care providers treat patients for H1N1 if they believe there’s a chance the patient is infected.
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Well I'm not sure it even was H1. The fever subsided after 24 hours, although my sinuses are still stuffed up, I still have had headaches that are only near my right temple. And my neck is still stiff but not as bad as it was before. The sore throat is still there though. As well as a lack of appetite,but I have several GI disorders/diseases so I'm naturally not as hungry as some. But its even less of an appetite than usual.
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Well glad to hear there's been "some" improvement. I'm not 100% I had H1N1 either, but even with a negative rapid test... that's what I really suspect... based largely in part on that Friday morning I thought I could be in imminent danger, couldn't walk, chilled to the bone, felt like passing out/throwing up at the same time, very fatigued, at times felt like I could fall asleep sitting up, an unusual sleepiness feeling... most ill I've ever been in my entire life. If you read my "novel" about the experience you'll see what I mean. I had fever about 5 days.

Today cough is almost gone, 2 days left on antibiotics. Ears are still clogged up. Been 3 1/2 weeks since it started.
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Woke up at 430 this morning to excruciating ear pain. Its subsided a little but looks to be an ear infection. All I've been hearing is ringing on my right side. Sore throat is gone today, trying to get antibiotics through my mother instead of going into an urgent care for the ear infection. Sigh.....
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Do not delay.  Get those antibiotics.  Ear infections are both liable to eardrum-rupture (happened to my husband and he is still stone deaf on that side) and too close to the brain to take any risks with.  Chances are you will be fine without, but why take any unnecessary risks.
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Originally posted by Jen147 Jen147 wrote:

Kyle if I were you I'd get to a Dr or clinic & get on Tamiflu asap! That is your best bet if it is flu to have an easier time with it & feel better quicker. You are still within that 48 hr period of time, but I would ask for Tamiflu even if I were beyond the 48 hrs.


Question: In asking for Tamiflu, what is the current availability and supply? I have heard that many locations cannot get liquid Tamiflu at all and while some may have health coverage or jobs; some do not. What is the outlook for them putting off going because they have to work with no coverage or job?

http://www.news4sanantonio.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/tamiflu-supplies-running-low-7509.shtml


Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 08:45 PM CST AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) -- We're at the peak of flu season, and there's a shortage of the main drug used to treat it. It's become the go to drug for people suffering from the flu. But is there enough tami-flu to go around? "What's really ironic is a month ago you could have bought all the Tamiflu you wanted," said Pharmacist Ray Solano. "But unfortunately, now it's now in short supply." Genentech, the makers of Tamiflu, are reporting a shortage in the liquid form of the drug because of early strong demand.

comment: Healthcare in this Flu season is by no means a turnkey item and while some currently have the options, it is very possible the classic healthcare sites will find many being told to SIP. Is this viewpoint accurate in terms of a spreading Flu with many losing healthcare and hospitals accepting the new insurance, which will be available to give it?

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Kyle, trust me... I've had 2 ear infections in the past 2 weeks. Get the antibiotics. Today was my last day of 2nd round of them & the fluid remains. Still blocked, left side worse than the right. People tell me it takes forever for that part to get better, but I would not be able to endure that ear pain. Ibuprofen helps but I had to take it every 6 hours until I could get to the Dr. The pain was better within 24 hrs after starting the Omnicef.

I predict I will have to go back to Dr myself because I'm still having sinus pain & pressure in my cheekbones, jaws & upper teeth area. I just need to take a week & be off of any kind of meds except ibuprofen for the sinus pain. Then I'll go back in, my stomach is a wreck so I'm just going to tough it out & keep taking my probiotics to get a healthy gut again.
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Went to the urgent care today because the pain wasn't there too much mainly just the annoying ringing. He said that there's no wax,fluid, or signs of any infection which is good I suppose. Told me to take pseudoephedrine and see if it clears up. I hope he's right. Took some earlier this evening and pain isn't really there just ringing and muffled sound similar to when you leave a concert.
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Genentech Resolves Tamiflu Shortage

January 21, 2014

Roche/Genentech announced that the shortage of the liquid form of Tamiflu in the US has been resolved. The shortage occurred during the flu season, but lasted less than two weeks. The FDA has already taken the product off its drug shortage list.

Tamiflu, also known as Tamiflu Oral Suspension in its liquid form, has been in short supply since the beginning of the first quarter. The shortage coincided with the height of the flu season in the U.S. Thirty-five states have submitted reports of widespread flu cases and several associated pediatric deaths. When taken at the outset of symptoms, Tamiflu as an antiviral reduces the severity of the flu.

Genentech previously sent notice of the shortage in advance. The company blamed the backup in supply on scheduling misalignments. Genentech spokesperson Tara Iannuccillo stated in an email, “For a two-week period our ability to package Tamiflu OS fell behind demand due to scheduling misalignments between the arrival of new product from Europe and its final packaging in the U.S.” Roche has experienced shortages before, specifically with its cancer drug Perjeta back in 2012 and its osteoporosis drug Boniva.

Despite Tamiflu’s liquid form shortage, there has been a steady supply of 75 milligram capsules of the drug. Patients who are unable to swallow capsules were advised to ask healthcare professionals to open the capsules and mix the content with liquid for intake.

Genentech said its information concerning the drug’s supply in certain areas were incomplete. “We have limited information regarding Tamiflu supply in specific local areas… Given the widespread flu activity in 35 states nationally, there may be some instances where a local pharmacy may not have the liquid formulation of Tamiflu in stock.”

The company expects to have sufficient supply of Tamiflu in both liquid and capsule forms in anticipation of demand during the ongoing flu season.

http://www.pharmaceuticalonline.com/doc/genentech-resolves-tamiflu-shortage-0001
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Kyle, I hope it stays that way. The problem is when that fluid sits in behind your eardrum it's the perfect place for bacteria to start to grow. When I went in for my 1st ear infection it was obviously infected but the other ear was just "cloudy" as she called it. And instead of giving me an oral antibiotic like I believe she should have she gave me antibiotic drops to put in the ear. If you ask me this should only be given when people have an external ear infection not one behind the eardrum! Sorry for the rant, but I was so irritated because I felt like crap & knew I be right back there for the other ear soon & be out more money. And sure enough... exactly one week later I was back with the other ear & a vicious sinus infection that I am STILL dealing with. If that lady had given me the oral antibiotics that first day maybe it would have headed off the 2nd ear infection & sinus infection... maybe not, but we'll never know will we.

Hope you continue to improve!
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Originally posted by Kyle Kyle wrote:

Woke up at 430 this morning to excruciating ear pain. Its subsided a little but looks to be an ear infection. All I've been hearing is ringing on my right side. Sore throat is gone today, trying to get antibiotics through my mother instead of going into an urgent care for the ear infection. Sigh.....


So frustrating and particularly when you aren't feeling well.

I have to say though I am nervous and certainly would hope that unless your mom is a doctor that she couldn't get you antibiotics. Careless use of antibiotics is a big problem and resistant bacteria are something we should all be worried about.
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