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low grade fever/fatigue for 2 1/2 years

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  • Posted By: JulieR
  • June 5, 2009
  • 01:59 PM

I have been running a low grade fever since Jan. 07. It all started when I fell on ice and smacked my face HARD. I have had a CT scan, MRI, many blood tests and been to 7 doctors with no answers. I used to be an active person but now I don't feel like doing anything. I lost my job because of it, my marriage is suffering, and I know it has to be affecting my kids. I don't know what to do next. I also have lost 20 lbs. (that I didn't need to loose), my muscles are weak, and if I force myself to do anything that requires much energy it takes me 2-3 days to recover to the point that I can do housework, etc. I am 39. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Do you experience any of the following-Impaired memory or concentrationPost-exertional malaise, where physical or mental exertions bring on "extreme, prolonged exhaustion and sickness"Unrefreshing sleepMuscle pain (myalgia)Pain in multiple joints (arthralgia)Headaches of a new kind or greater severitySore throat, frequent or recurringTender lymph nodes (cervical or axillary)
    sainin12 27 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have been tested for Hyperthyroidism, it is fine. I do have all of the things you mentioned except not too many headaches. I also don't have tender lymph nodes but I did have one axillary one enlarged. My memory and concentration are terrible as is post-exertional malaise!!
    JulieR 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oops...I also don't have too many sore throats and my joints don't bother me much other than my hips.
    JulieR 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Julie, I would see a good Rheumatologist to rule out an auto-immune issues that might be going on. I do not believe your injury to be causing your current symptoms, even if they began around the same time. Falling on your face just doesn't produce the symptoms you describe.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have been doing some research on tick borne illnesses. From what I have learned I could have been infected decades ago and it could have laid dormant until my body was under a lot of stress (falling). Also my fever has gone away 2x, the first time in Nov. last year for about a month, and I felt a little better until the week before my family driving trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. (from Missouri), then again about a month ago for about a month but fever came back last week. I have not seen a Rheumatologist, I am unfamiliar with autoimmune diseases.
    JulieR 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes there are many auto immune issues that are similar. The low grade fever would indicate the tick exposure or auto immune in my book and trauma can cause a flare in both. Viruses can also start a flare. A rhuematologist can test you for both.
    lucipearl70 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • do you recall any viral infection prior to these symptoms?as pointed get urself checked for any autoimmune disease...Do u feel depressed also most of the time of the day?
    sainin12 27 Replies Flag this Response
  • I didn't have any viral infection around the time my symptoms started. I do feel depressed most of the time, don't know if it is from being ill for so long though.
    JulieR 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • amazingly your symptoms match with Chronic fatigue syndrome,,i can't be sure without personally contacting you, so i think you should try some relaxing exercises and see if it works, heard of yoga try doing that.let me know if u feel something
    sainin12 27 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the suggestions. I have done a little research on CFS but I am not sure if my fall could have caused it.
    JulieR 6 Replies Flag this Response
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