Life with MS & EDS

January 15, 2010

Frequently Flu-Like

Filed under: Uncategorized — by mseds @ 11:00 pm
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Since my third full-strength Rebif shot, I’ve been frequently flu-like.  The symptoms still only last for a few hours, but they are happening after every shot.  I’m getting a little smarter about it now.

After Wednesday night’s shot, I woke up at 4 a.m. (to pee, of course) and had a 102 point something fever.  I could feel the heat radiating off of my head (it was almost like being on Lupron again.)  I took two Tylenol and went back to sleep until 7.  I woke up feeling better than I did after Monday night’s shot when I waited until 7 a.m. to take the Tylenol.   I was able to get to work on time Thursday and felt tired, but functional and was fine by around 9 a.m.   I’m so thankful to be a teleworker, because if I had to actually have the energy to do a commute, I think I’d be using a ton of sick leave.

So, tonight I’m going to be even smarter about it.  I’m going to put the Tylenol and a bottle of water right on my night table.  That way when I roll over in the middle of the night I won’t even have to get out of bed to get the Tylenol.  Aleve (which I take before every shot) is supposed to help for 12 hours, but seems to not to a thing for me after about 6 hours.

Oh, I learned a couple of interesting things today.  Given the Tylenol recall, I looked at the bottle I’ve been grabbing from the dimly lit bathroom in the middle of the night and looked for the Lot number.  In the process I realized that it has an expiration date of July 2008.  WHOOPS!  I’m usually a stickler about expiration dates and thought this was the newer bottle I bought this summer (guess that one is missing.)  The good news is that it’s too old to be in the recall and the even better news is that I learned that Tylenol and other similar pain killers are good for at least 5 years after their expiration dates.  Apparently the military did a study quite a while ago showing that 90% of medications are good for 15 years after they’ve “expired.”  Very cool.

I also learned that it’s not good to combine Aleve with Motrin or Advil, but that mixing any of those with aspirin or Tylenol are okay since they work on different parts of the body.  Thank goodness for the Internet!



  1. I did not know that about expiration dates. Good info. Sorry to hear of the flu symptoms. It’s so hard to keep pushing yourself especially if you work full time, I feel for you!

    Comment by karen — January 17, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

  2. I’ve been lax on some expiration dates (benadryl, advil), so now I feel better. Thanks for the awesome research!!!

    Comment by posey — January 17, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

  3. Nothing Knew offered to run out and get me new medicine, but it was really late and I figured it was worth finding out if the stuff I already had was good enough. Thankfully I was able to save him a trip! Glad I could help others feel better about “expired” drugs, too.

    Comment by mseds — January 17, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

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