I know that the expression I have written is completely correct, but it does not feel very natural and I have never seen it being used in movies etc. Should it be something like "I picked up a fever"?
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In addition to the provided suggestions, I might also say,
- I have (got) a fever.
- I was down with a fever.
- I've come down with a fever.
- I'm running a fever. (I suspect that this is usually said of somebody else.)
- I'm running a temperature.
"I've had a fever (for the past three days / three weeks / etc.)" is all that's necessary. It's also natural and idiomatic. "I've been suffering from ..." is emotional and overly dramatic, but also natural and idiomatic. It's a style choice.
I am feeling a tad feverish after being around all those sick kids.
fe·ver·ish adjective 1. having fever.
For some reason, if I hear "I have fever" or "I am suffering from fever" without "a" preceding it, I tend to think it is a disease, like Dengue Fever or Yellow Fever, rather than just an elevated body temperature, which is more likely a symptom of an infection or virus.
I would say, "I'm running a temperature" or "I'm running a fever"