Early on Saturday evening I started to feel a little bit shaky and odd, my hands were shaking and I started to feel a bit sick. Looking back over my food and drink consumption for the day I realised that I'd had pretty much no food and lots and lots of coffee.
Obviously I didn't have any more coffee, but we did have dinner and I thought that might fix things, it didn't. I progressively felt worse, in turns boiling hot and freezing cold, lots of shivering and a crushing headache. I went to bed for a couple of hours but that didn't really help much, I spent the rest of the evening on the sofa with a duvet and then went to bed and had a really bad nights sleep.
Yesterday I felt even worse, all the same symptoms and a sore throat too. The worst thing is the hot and cold, peeling back the covers to reach for a drink resulted in about ten minutes of uncontrolled shivering followed by ten minutes of unattractive sweating. I slept as much as possible and ate a packet of Anadin.
After another bad (and very damp) nights sleep I actually feel miles better, not quite right but getting there. The headache has gone, the shivering has gone but I still have the mother of all sore throats. It actually feels like the back of my mouth is covered in blisters and it even hurts to move my tongue.
Considering the fact that I don't have any of the normal cold symptoms and that this all came on very quickly, I'm left wondering what I had. Could it have been the coffee?