What is a fever like for you?

It looks like the fever has finally broken. Whew.

Let me ask you this, because Rob says it doesn’t happen to him and I’ve just always assumed it was a normal part of getting a fever. My skin gets really sensitive, like all the nerve endings have been chafed and are jangling. I can’t stand to have anything rub across because the friction is too much. The best way I could describe it to him, and this isn’t exactly right, is when you have a mild sunburn and can feel every fiber in the clothes you are wearing. Does that happen to you?

My joints ache and my skin gets sensitive. Chills are standard, but does anyone else get the other stuff?

And yes, thank you, I am feeling much better. I still have very little appetite, a cough, fatigue but hey– at least I know I’ve gotten enough sleep this week. Finally.

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14 Responses

  1. Jenny

    I’m not sure about the sensitive skin, but the joints aching could be due to the general inflammation you get when you have a fever.

  2. Mallory

    I get sensitive to the slightest weight on my skin – I want to be utterly naked and sometimes even a sheet will be too heavy.

  3. David W. Goldman

    Nope. That’s how I feel on the day that my name appears on the Campbell Award ballot.

  4. Jen

    Hmm, I don’t get the skin sensitivity thing. But I do get the chills and all over body aches – joints and muscles. I tend to feel like a 90-year-old fired out of a cannon.

  5. Julia

    For me that is not part of the fever, it is part of the overall virus. And yes, I get all of them. The skin sensitivity really irks me because I have fibromyalgia and live with most of the flu’s symptoms every single day, but not the skin issues. And having that on top of the fibro just….oh man, sometimes I have seriously felt suicidal when that happens.

    I would like to share my fever remedy with you, for the future: First take Tylenol and Motrin together. I know, it sounds weird, but this was actual advice from someone with an MD degree. Then, run yourself a tepid bath. On the cool side, but not cold. Sit in it for fifteen minutes maximum. Then get out, dry off, and go roll up in your blankies. If it doesn’t break within an hour, repeat. I’ve never had any fever last more than two dips.