That you for the quick response. It is much appreciated.
Although I don't have a thermometer (maybe I'll get one today), I haven't been convinced at all that I have a fever. Although I had some trouble falling asleep last night due to headaches and body pains, I did not have any night sweats.
The back pain wandered up to my upper back and shoulders. I'm out of here in a little over a week. Should I be fine just taking my malarone and seeing how I feel once I'm back in the states? If I start getting sick to my stomach, or a fever gets added to this all I will bring it up to the docs here.
I'm sort of just hoping that this was all just something else and goes away......Thanks!!!!
One of the rules of travel and tropical medicine is that a fever in non-native person (not taking malaria prophylaxis) in an area with endemic malaria is malaria until proven otherwise.
In general, symptoms of high fever, neck stiffness, and headache are features of meningitis. And, if confusion (or mental status changes) is present, then we get concerned about encephalitis.
That being said, there are many, many causes of fever and body aches (medical name is myalgias).
Please feel free to respond with additional questions that you may have.
~ Dr. Parks
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As bedtime is coming on, my back is getting sorer and I have some of the flu-like skin sensitivity.
Thanks for the help!