WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – During the flu season, people should not just worry about influenza. A health system reminds people of the dangers of flu-related complications.
Nolan Wilkes, 7, had a flu at the beginning of the season.
"When I first saw him, he had classic flu-like symptoms." Nicolan Vital, Novant Health Medical Assistant, said:
He was treated with Tamiflu, but Nolan returned to the doctor's office.
This time, he was not the patient
Nolan's family came back because his mother and brother were showing flu-like symptoms
When the family started to leave, Vital noticed that Nolan seemed unbalanced while walking ,
Before the visit, Nolan complained about his aching legs. [1
"He walked as if he had ridden a horse all day," said Bridget Wilkes, Nolan's mother.
Body pain is part of the flu, making it difficult to be sure that Nolan's leg pain was associated with a complication
Vital, however, considered it best to stick to her first instinct and recommended the family To bring Nolan to the emergency room.
Nolan was accepted.
"I was completely baffled at the time," she said
Nolan had a rhabdomyolosis.
It comes from a breakdown of muscle tissue and sends a harmful protein into the bloodstream.
It can be a complication of the flu.
If not caught in time, rhabdomyolosis can lead to kidney damage or be fatal. Fortunately, Nolan's case was caught early enough for him to recover quickly.
Bridget made a Facebook post to raise awareness among other parents. It has been shared more than 1000 times.
She also sent Vital and the Novant Health staff, where Nolan received a thank-you note.
Vital encourages people with influenza to be alert to change.
For example, if you feel better, but pain, pain, or fever come back, it may indicate that it's time to see a doctor.