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Aches, feverish for months

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  • Posted By: Kalinka
  • December 28, 2007
  • 08:32 PM

For 6 months I have logged my body temperature at around 97.1 I have muscle and joint aches, sweats (day and night) and sometimes a mild headache. I generally feel unwell. BP: 130/85. I had surgery for removal of a nonfunctional gallbladder 18 days ago and that has not affected these symptoms as I had hoped. Thyroid tests and all other "basic" blood tests are normal. I was deemed as past menopause 2 years ago by my gynecologist. My Doctor offers no suggestions as to the cause of the symptoms. Now what?:eek:

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  • For 6 months I have logged my body temperature at around 97.1 I have muscle and joint aches, sweats (day and night) and sometimes a mild headache. I generally feel unwell. BP: 130/85. I had surgery for removal of a nonfunctional gallbladder 18 days ago and that has not affected these symptoms as I had hoped. Thyroid tests and all other "basic" blood tests are normal. I was deemed as past menopause 2 years ago by my gynecologist. My Doctor offers no suggestions as to the cause of the symptoms. Now what?:eek:hellllp please!!!
    Kalinka 5 Replies
    • December 29, 2007
    • 11:01 PM
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  • What medications are you currently taking and for how long? How is your digestion - do you have any problems with diarrhea or loose stools or constipation? Do you have hot flashes prior to the sweats or are they cold sweats? Do you have a general feeling of being cold? Cold hands and feet? I assume you haven't had a period in several years? Thyroid tests can be inaccurate...I would pursue this avenue further and perhaps see an endocrinologist. I would also recommend trying acupuncture in the meantime to help get yourself back in balance. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be very effective for both post menopausal and thyroid disorders. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 02:09 AM
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  • I appreciate your input tremendously! That in inself is healing! I feel frantic to solve this. I take Nexium 40mg per day for GERDS, hyatle hernia, heartburn. Oral herpes have been popping out connected with the sour stomach lately. Irregularily I use Advair, Zyrtec D, Albuterol as needed for allergic asthma (cats, dogs, mold, dust mites). Miralax daily or the bowels stop cold. I've taken these for over 4 years. No periods since 2000 with endometrial ablation. Due to maternal history of breast cancer, I have never taken replacement hormones. I have a hot flash, then sweat. This happens all day. When I am not sweating and flashing, I have chills --I feel a cold "chill" throughout my stomach area, then generally chilly overall, like shivery with the flu. This is accompanied by body aches and stiffness. Actually, I have had these symptoms on and off for years (before the ablation), but since Sept., every day. I wake up OK for awhile, but things progressively worsen beginning around 10:00-noontime. I also have racing heart, sometimes after eating, and before sleep. Sometimes I have cold hands and feet--very sensitive, painful fingertips and toes outside in cold weather. My average body temperature has been around 97 degrees for years. The doctor never comments on this--like their thermometer is broken...I have had digestive problems since childhood. Before removal of the nonfunctional gallbladder I had lots of vomiting, diarhea, and constipation, inflammation. Now just constipation.:):)Thank you so much for your input, the other half of the battle is to convince the doctor:D:D. The questions you asked me to think about are great to put my thoughts and comments to the doctor in order. The last thyroid test was 1 point away from "abnormal". I am ready to try accupuncture. I have tried massage, but was disappointed.Thanks again!
    Kalinka 5 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 05:57 PM
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  • I feel you do need to see a natural health pro, too. One thing you will now always need are bile salts due to the gallbladder being removed. The GB concentrates bile (made in the liver) and releases it when needed. Not having proper fat digestion can and does lead to many health challenges. Standard Process makes an excellent bile salt supplement - Cholacol. It is available through health pros only, so if interested contact them at www.standardprocess.com and ask them to refer you. The price is very reasonable - my GB was removed almost 34 years ago and I use the Cholacol daily at about 75 cents per day.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 06:33 PM
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  • Many thanks, I will look into this. I can see through this forum a whole new world of options is opened up!Regards,Kalinka:D
    Kalinka 5 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 10:29 PM
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  • Kalinka,I would highly suggest trying to address your chronic constipation and GERD. Food intolances or allergies may be causing this. Please look into a treatment called NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques). At the very least I would get a good quality PROBIOTIC and also try digestive enzymes with your food. Make sure the digestive enzymes have a concentration of protease, amylase, lipase, lactase, and others. Papaya enzymes are not very good IMO. These enzymes help your body to break down your food, and the probiotic will help with your intestinal flora. You can find these at health food stores or online at www.vitacost.com. Doing this should get your GERD under control and off the nexium. With your GB removal Ralph is absolutely right - Bile salts will make a difference. By the way, acupuncture is also brilliant for asthma. Please find a NCCAOM (National certification organization) certified acupuncturist by visiting www.nccaom.org. I hope you give this a try - make sure you give it at least 3 or 4 treatments before deciding if it works or not. Best wishes and Happy New Year.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 01:36 AM
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  • FYI I checked out Nexium on www.rxlist.com and here are side effects: Body as a Whole: allergic reaction, asthenia, back pain, chest pain, chest pain substernal, hot flushes, fatigue, fever, flu-like disorder, generalized edema, leg edema, malaise, pain, flushing, hypertension, tachycardia; Endocrine: goiter; Gastrointestinal: constipation aggravated, epigastric pain, esophageal disorder, gastroenteritis, GI hemorrhage, mouth disorder, pharynx disorder, rectal disorder, vomiting; Hearing: earache, tinnitus; Hematologic: anemia, anemia hypochromic, cervical lymphoadenopathy, epistaxis, leukocytosis, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia; Hepatic: bilirubinemia, hepatic function abnormal, SGOT increased, SGPT increased; Metabolic/Nutritional: glycosuria, hyperuricemia, hyponatremia, increased alkaline phosphatase, thirst, vitamin B12 deficiency, weight increase, weight decrease; Musculoskeletal: arthralgia, arthritis aggravated, arthropathy, cramps, fibromyalgia syndrome, hernia, polymyalgia rheumatica; Nervous System/Psychiatric: anorexia, apathy, appetite increased, confusion, depression aggravated, dizziness, hypertonia, nervousness, insomnia, migraine, migraine aggravated, paresthesia, sleep disorder, somnolence, tremor, vertigo, visual field defect; Reproductive: vaginitis; Respiratory: asthma aggravated, coughing, dyspnea, larynx edema, pharyngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis; Skin and Appendages: acne, angioedema, dermatitis, pruritus, rash, skin inflammation, sweating increased, urticaria; Special Senses: otitis media, parosmia, taste loss, taste perversion; Urogenital: abnormal urine, albuminuria, cystitis, dysuria, fungal infection, hematuria, micturition frequency, genital moniliasis, polyuria; Visual: conjunctivitis, vision abnormal.Endoscopic findings:duodenitis, esophagitis, esophageal stricture, esophageal ulceration, esophageal varices, gastric ulcer, gastritis, hernia, benign polyps or nodules, Barrett's esophagus, and mucosal discoloration. As you can see there are lots of side effects, including fever, flushing, and increased sweating. Could there be a connection? I would suspect so. DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 01:42 AM
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  • ask for all and a repeat of the thyroid tests and hormonal tests that you can get out of your doctor..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 03:24 AM
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  • ;)Many thanks you all. This is all great information to formulate a plan of action!A Felicitous New Year to all!Kalinka
    Kalinka 5 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 04:07 PM
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  • :DThanks acuann, ralph and monsterlove, I have stopped taking Nexium and have dramatically decreased aches, fevers and chills!I am taking Cholachol with every meal. This helps digestion tremendously. Probiotics are in the mail to me and I think this will help the chills in stomach and further help the digestion and cold sores as you suggested. I will let all this play out in the next 2 weeks and see what happens and what further steps to take if needed.getting better!Kalinka:cool:
    Kalinka 5 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 04:55 PM
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  • That is awesome!:) Keep us posted and I hope you continue to improve! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 06:46 PM
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  • If you live in the Eastern United States (particularly the northern Appalachians) or upper Midwest region, you should get tested for Lyme disease. It is a very insidious tick-borne bacterial infection and can cause chronic illness, sometimes for years. It has been on an aggressive increase in recent years and causes a wide array of general health problems (especially achy joints). Even if you havent had the familiar "bull's-eye rash" or even remember seeing a tick, you could still have it (most people do not recall ever seeing a tick). If you decide to get tested, I would opt to use the Western blot test because many times the ELISA blood test is falsely negative.Good luck
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