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"Fever of unknown origin"?

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  • Posted By: iwantmylifeback
  • June 1, 2012
  • 01:06 AM

Has anyone else here ever experienced intermittent low-grade fevers that have lasted for years or even decades with no diagnosis or known cause?. When I say "low grade fever", I'm referring to a temperature that fluctuates throughout the day, rising to as much as 100 degrees but usually staying in the 99+ range before returning to normal and then back up again (and not caused by activity). These low-grade fevers can often be accompanied by a warm, hot or "under the weather" type of feeling. Some days the temps stay in the normal range or even go below normal. I have been having these off and on episodes myself for decades and have had just about every test imaginable and almost always, they come back "normal". I have a history of IBS, GERD, Gastritis, Lactose Intolerance, Chronic Sinusitis, Allergic Rhinitis, Deviated Septum, Cervical Arthritis w/ bone spur, Tourettes w/ head jerks, OCD, GAD, Panic Attacks and a few others I can't think of right now. I'm middle-aged, don't smoke or drink and don't take a lot of meds. Can anyone relate?. Thanks very, very much for your input!.

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  • Hi,FUO is more common than you might think. Finding a diagnosis may not be possible, but ruling out certain conditions is what doctorsmust do. Here are a few that you didn't mention, that should be checked. Epstein Barr virus, Lyme disease, Aplastic anemia, SystemicLupus, Guillain-Barre' Syndrome (associated with receiving flu injections, etc.) Rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid dysfunction. It would be helpful to know what recent laboratory studies you've had. What type of scans, i.e., CT scans, MRI, x-rays within the pastyear. Have you traveled out of the United States, if so, when, and where to. Do you go camping, hiking, etc. Again, it's important to understand that doctors perform tests to rule out serious conditions, and the fact is, they may never find out whatis causing you to run a temperature, although they can rule out bacterial infections, viruses, usually with blood work. Have you had a bone marrow biopsy or a Gadolinium scan? Keeping a diary of what you eat, drink, and daily activities may help. Do you come in contactwith animals, if so, what type? You are not alone.Lindsay
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