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After flu lethargy

Hello, I am a 69 year old female who is still recovering from flu virus after 5 weeks. I am feeling very lethargic, my vision and balance are affected and I have been left milk intolerant. Any thoughts on what I can do to be more like my active, cheerful self. I have a dog which I manage to walk for about 30 minutes twice a day but it is a struggle. All comments appreciated

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Hi Barbara69

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I think you should see the doctor as prolonged flu can lead to complications. Always better to get it checked out.

I think after a bout of illness it is difficult to get back into our old routine. I was sick also a few weeks back and am also struggling to get back into it.

Everyday I get up, get dressed, have breakfast then go outside and potter about out there for a good few hours. I find that doing something takes my mind off how I am feeling. Sometimes it takes a while to "enjoy" it but I make sure I get out.

Hope you start to feel better soon



Thanks Jan, I have been to see doctor twice so they are aware but I'll probably go again to ensure there is nothing underlying all this


Hello Barbara69 😊

You have my sympathy with regards to getting over the virus, these things can take a while to clear. You have to recover from the illness and then regain the lost fitness. 😕

With regards to things to help, trying to get outside in the sunshine will help, dog walking is excellent, but even just a ten minute walk to get a paper can lift the spirits on a sunny day. I don't know about your eating habits but eating a healthy varied diet, not only 5 a day but 7 if you can manage, and try to eat a variety of colours. If your tummy is off, which often happens after illness, natural yogurt is good for re-balancing the gut flora. I also take a Vitamin D supplement (with a cod liver oil capsule) This time of year many of us in Britain are vitamin D deficient. 😕

Sometimes just the action of taking control can boost our mood, and give a feeling of optimism and positivity 😊

Best wishes



Thanks Anna, I do most of what you suggest although sometimes the 5 a day is difficult as certain fruits and veg upset my tummy anyway. I am an optimistic person and I supplies feeling so low has been hard for me because I am usually so bright. No doubt time will do the trick.

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