So the story goes: Wed 25th afternoon past started feeling weak/sore all over. Come the evening this developed into occasional reflex jerks (like a caricature of Parkinson's). Very uncomfortable especially holding a bowlful of mandarins and custard. Turned in at 9pm and woke at 1030pm drenched in sweat and boiling over. Cleaned up and back to sleep to be woken at 1230am freezing. All this time (since 9pm) afflicted by a raging thirst. This goes on all night and for the subsequent next three nights every 2 1/2 - 3hrs. So up and till the present time I've had about 15hrs sleep total. Drinking approx 2 ltr of Robinsons every night just to remain comfortable. Food is now out of the question as any attempt to swallow results in the gag reflex. 1/2 cup of chicken noodle soup and an egg sarnie today Also got slightly sore back in the region of kidneys and my scalp is MEGA sensitive.. Spent most of the last five days sitting about with absolutely no energy for anything. Sometimes getting out the chair is difficult. Presented to the GP at 1100 on Fri to be told he suspected Early Onset Diabetes. This because of the dry mouth and lack of energy. I get the test results on Wed. But the corollary to this is I phoned my good buddy tonight looking for sympathy only to be told that his teenage daughter was sent home from Tescos yesterday aft and is in bed with exactly the same symptoms. There is no runny nose/sneezing/sore throat associated with a bad cold. So I now suspect we're suffering from some form of mutated avian/bovine/swine flu. Whew! My question is: ~Does this sound familiar to any of you and if so how long does it take to clear up? And thanks in advance for any sympathy cards. .