Long term low grade fever, malaise and allergy symptoms
I have had low grade fever for over a year now. I get malaise feeling that lasts for 2-3 months, then I seem to feel somewhat better for 2-3 months. I believe I still have the fevers at that time though. I also have allergy symptoms which include stuffy runny nose, inner ear itch, sore throat and burning eyes. I've been to see a ENT. They thought it was allergies, but I'm not getting relief from the medications. I did allergy testing and it came up with mild allergies to 3 molds, 5 of 6 grasses, 1 weed and cockroach dander. I also have acid reflux or he believed that to be. My throat looked like a cobblestone road when I first visited. I take Nexium, Clarinex, Zyrtec and Nasonex. I have done several blood tests, MRI and everything came back normal with exception of a little congestion from the MRI of my sinuses. The next step is they want me to go to a Rheumotologist. It's hard for me because I have no insurance. The feeling of ill is really getting to me. When I have my down months when I'm feeling really sick I feel like I have some kind of flu virus without the stomach part of it and really tired, no energy and just feeling sick. I haven't lost my appetite or lost weight. I've actually gained weight not feeling like doing anything. This last time around I only got about a month break before the sick feeling came back again. Please help.
I agree with the rheumatology referral. Testing for various rheumatological conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can be considered with blood tests like an ANA or rheumatoid factor.
I would also rule out any infection. A blood culture test looking for blood infections can be done. If present, infections like endocarditis can be considered. I would also obtain an HIV test and a PPD test to rule out TB.
If infection has been ruled out, a thyroid test can be considered to rule out any abnormalities there.
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.
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I've had a low grade fever as high as 102 and have constant sweats, chills, nasty neck pain, headaches, bad upper to lower back pain, can't sleep. I'm sooo tired and have gone into the ER tons of time and all my blood work comes up ok, other than my RDW SD I believe thats the one? That one for 2 months has been high? All the doctors just treat me for migraines and send me home... Never a CT scan or MRI or anything.. Just remind me of how many times I've been into the ER.. I am in consistant pain, wakes me up and I do very little with my daughter do to being sick and tired.. I am at a loss? I know it's not in my head, because I will be with my daughter at a friends house and be the only one dripping in sweat and pale? I have 2 herniated disks L5 & L4... I guess surgery is the next phase, but right now... I can't even work due to whats going on and the pain medications aren't working...
Please, help me... I'm getting scared... My own family doctor just referres me out to specialists which I see in 2 months! and said I am going to get hooked on these pain meds.. Thats the less of my worries right now... Anyone has any advice, please tell me... OR just go to the ER with me and help me make the doctors see this is getting worse... 3 weeks of fevers and pain is getting out of control...
write me please and on here too!!
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