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Rihanna's IV Pic

Flu Da One

5/9/2012 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The IV picture Rihanna shared on TwitterThere's a reason Rihanna's arm was hooked up to a bunch of needles and tubes yesterday -- sources close to Rihanna tell TMZ, the singer had been struck down with a bad case of the flu ... and required an IV drip.

Sources tell us, she started feeling really ill last week and saw a doctor on Thursday ... but by the time of her "Saturday Night Live" appearance, she still wasn't fully recovered.

As we first reported, Rihanna missed the SNL dress rehearsal because she was sick -- but show producers didn't buy her excuse ... insisting she didn't appear ill.

But looks might be deceiving -- because we're told Rihanna wasn't just ill during her SNL performance, she also continued to feel sick the next few days ... and her doc was forced to put her on Penicillin.

Soon after, Rihanna began to experience flu-like symptoms -- requiring IV treatment yesterday, which is when she posted the above picture on Twitter.

We're told she's feeling much better now.

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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Pretty sure you'll definitely find fecal bacteria underneath those finger nails. Thug Life!

792 days ago
32.

Mike World Peace    

WHO GIVES A S*IT. GET A LIFE RHIANNA

792 days ago
33.

zuessy    

No real doctor will prescribe that for the flu.....no antibotics are given for the flu virus. Rest and liquids....
She is on TMZ nearly everyday, party, pool, ocean, or whatever....Take a break.

792 days ago
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Melissa lee    

This girl is becoming much of an attention whore almost as if she is hurting inside. I understand the rock star life style but she needs to take it easy.

792 days ago
35.

sheesh    

I'm calling a big old bullsh*t on this one. How do we know that's her or even hooked up? And pennicillin for the flu? I don't think so.

792 days ago
36.

Brooke    

If she has the flu, she shouldn't need penicillin. The flu is a virus and antibiotics are useless against viruses. And any doctor that prescribed her penicillin for a virus is not only practicing bad medicine, but contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

792 days ago
37.

Beth    

The flu is a virus, penicillin is for bacteria.
She is full of crap.

792 days ago
38.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

iv fluids and benzos for alcohol withdrawl

792 days ago
39.

Muppet    

If she has the flu, she shouldn't need penicillin. The flu is a virus and antibiotics are useless against viruses. And any doctor that prescribed her penicillin for a virus is not only practicing bad medicine, but contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
This needed to be said again! Thank you Brooke!
This is what started the problem with antibiotics! People doing this type of thing! The doctor needs a kick in the a$$ for giving her penicillin for the flu!!

792 days ago
40.

curtycurt    

So a side effect to whatever is in the IV is making your nails grow to devilish lengths and being a female dog?

792 days ago
41.

Truth    

RIHANNA DEAD AT 24. RIP. CAUSE OF DEATH - ALCOHOL, DRUGS, AND CLUBBING.

792 days ago
42.

sweetnspicy    

It doesn't even look like its really in her arm.... imo... I've never had an IV that's covered up with all of that junk - the thick white bandages - like her's. Normally they put a piece of tape over it and that's enough to hold it on there. Not to mention, who posts pics like this to Twitter? Oh yah.... people with a guilty conscience - if she were REALLY sick, enough to need an IV drip, I'm pretty sure people that worked with her on set would have noticed. You can tell when someone is REALLY feeling fluish ill. ALSO - who goes to the hospital for the flu? Isn't this like the 3rd time she's been hospitalized for the flu lately.... like every time she cancels something she posts a pic of her "IV drip" because of the flu. I would think, as physically fit as she keeps herself, water and fluids are a HUGE part of her diet.... so getting dehydrated that often is probably not too easy. I am bad about drinking water and have had really bad cases of the flu and I never became SO dehydrated I needed to be hospitalized. As an adult, you usually know to drink fluids when you're sick - her assistants and personal nurse (which I'm sure she has) would be pushing the fluids like crazy. If she were vomiting so much and losing THAT much fluid - SNL staff would have been able to tell.

I'm sorry... not buying it this time. And, tbh, who cares? She wouldn't be the first Diva to miss a rehearsal..... most do it without some dramatic IV drip in the arm picture taking excuse too! lol

I hate that celebrities think the rest of us are big dumb idiots... that gets really old. All of us KNOW you don't take penicillin for the flu.... duhhhhh.... I'd have more respect for her if she just didn't show up because she felt she already knew the routine and didn't need too. I mean she IS Rihanna - maybe she was busy getting her ugly nails done.

792 days ago
43.

Jen    

Well I doubt she's even in a hospital...it' standard procedure to remove any fake nails or at least the polish - especially if someone is hooked up to any iv.

792 days ago
44.

Reed    

Do all publicity hounds always need to go to the hospital and get IV hook ups every time they get the flu? Seems a bit extreme, go home and get some bed rest and drink plenty of non alcoholic beverages. Drama queen.

792 days ago
45.

pancake    

stop doin coke!!

792 days ago
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