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Feeling ill for 2 weeks

Hi,
I've been feeling ill for around two weeks. I have had a fever between 99.9 and 101.9, with night sweats and chills. I have also lost my appetite, and when I do eat, I can only eat a little or I feel nauseous. I also have no thirst although I've been trying to drink a lot regardless. I have no energy and have also been feeling depressed since I got sick. I went to a doctor on campus a week and a half ago. She told me my lymph nodes were very enlarged and she prescribed me anti-biotics, but they haven't helped. I'm worried it may be early HIV infection, because I had intercourse with someone I know is rather loose around a month ago. Also, I'm worried about it being Lyme disease since I was bitten by three ticks this summer in June and July. I was wondering what you thought might be happening.
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Difficult to say without evaluation.

Infection continues to be a leading possibility - with the enlargement of the lymph nodes.  If HIV or Lyme disease are of concern, appropriate blood tests can be done to exclude these disease.

Blood and urine cultures can be considered if the fever continues.  Any type of bloodborne infection can lead to the symptoms you describe.

If the symptoms continue despite negative testing, imaging the chest or abdomen can be considered to exclude an abscess.

These options can be discussed with your personal physician.



Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
www.kevinmd.com
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Take the antibiotics, stay in bed and drink lots of water.  Try putting a small amount of salt in the water to keep you from dehydrating.  If you stop peeing you will probably be dehydrated and would need to see the doctor again.  Antibiotics should make you start feeling better in a few days, but make sure you still take all the antibiotics.  If you are still not feeling well after several days on the meds, see the doctor again to make sure it isn't something else. Get some blood work done.  Lyme disease is caused by a VERY small tick called a deer tick.  Shortly after being bitten, the bite will look like a bulls eye. A small red dot insided a wide band of light red and surounded again by another band of darker red. It is very distinctive.  If you think that you may have been bitten, a blood test will tell you if you have lyme. The initial treatment for Lyme is an antibiotic, so your current treatment would be on track if this is your problem. Make doubly sure you take all the antibiotics.  If you feel you may have been infected with HIV from a partner, it is very important to be tested and find out. Don't have any sexual partners until you do.  It is a simple blood test and very confidential.  For your own peace of mind, if you know someone may be "questionable" as a sexual partner, take care of yourself and skip the "freebe".  Always use a condom.   good luck
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