Gurs, mine are almost identical to yours. I always say it feels like the worst hangover ever on top of the flu.
Mine always starts with a left-sided headache/teethache/faceache/earache/jawache.
I'm so washed out and useless, I can't move off the couch. Fatigue seems like too anemic a word for how limp and shaky I feel. Sleep doesn't help.
The pain moves down my neck to my shoulders making me feel like I'd love a session on "the rack" just to stretch things out and even out the tension. Weird, I know.
I feel nauseated, as though having a good "sick" will make me feel better. And my stomach will burn with acid. And I'll have cramps as though I'm getting an intestinal virus (sorry for the ugly visual, my friends!)
Sometimes my nose and sinuses will hurt. It feels like I'm breathing in frozen air, like I have my nose in a box filled with dry ice.
I get super-crabby and feel like everybody is out to make me feel worse and that nobody gives a rip about me. I cry alot and am so mean (Don't touch me! Bring me some water! Turn the TV off! Stop talking to me! Why is it so cold in here?) that I make myself completely unlovable, even to myself.
Oddly, the left side of my tongue will burn in a throbby sort of way, as though I've eaten a raw jalapeno but only on the left side. Not my whole mouth or my throat, but just the left side of my tongue.
One of the worst parts for me is that I fully believe that I'll never be well again. I lose all hope.
And then I start the Prednisone and, if I've started quickly enough, within 24 hours I'm back to my old self. Good health will last three to four weeks. And I believe I'll never be sick again.
One bizarre aspect of my flares is that I will forget that I should start taking the Prednisone. I don't understand why this is, unless it's because a flare will usually hit me in the middle of the night. I wake up feeling this way. So it's already too late.