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Mystery Illness - 6 weeks of fatigue

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 25, 2009
  • 02:48 AM

Hi all,
I'm hoping that somebody is able to help me.
6 weeks ago I had a throat infection with slight fever, I got better rather quickly. After that however I got sick again, occasional headaches, slight fever that comes and goes, general fatigue, and a bad 'rattling' cough when I first lay down in bed (first 10 minutes or so).
At first I thought a chest infection, so I went to my GP's office last week (after 4 weeks of this, I figured I had better seek expert advice) and he ran some tests and prescribed me some antiobiotics.
The antibiotics *seemed* to work, almost within hours, I swore I could feel my body almost tingling with energy I hadn't felt in weeks (placebo effect? I was sure it wasn't...). I was so convinced that the antiobiotics had done the trick that a couple days later I tried to resume my regualr resistance training schedule.
Apparently not. Every time I try to do *anything* that requries a little physical effort, it just drains the energy out of me - like I have never experienced before. I just feel like I'm sick all the time, just writing this post now I feel I like laying down for a nap, and it's 2pm here.

The tests that my GP ran included blood tests, STD tests, ECG. He also has referred me to an immunologist.

I really want to get this diagnosed and treated, I'm a very active person and in fact studying Fitness Speciality, so I just can't afford to be incapacitated for an extensive period of time.

To summarise: overall fatigue with the occasional rattling cough (not often, and not always 'rattling'), no discoloured phlegm or such.

Anybody have any idea what this could be?

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  • Hi again,I should add that...the blood tests my GP had done came out with an apparently very high Potassium level (>7.5 mmol/L). I understand a condition known as Hyperkalemia (excessive Potassium) can be deadly, so it makes me wonder why he didn't see this reading as an issue.I'm going to go in tomorrow and ask him to take another Potassium reading.
    JayeJaye 3 Replies
    • November 26, 2009
    • 07:02 AM
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  • Hi again,I should add that...the blood tests my GP had done came out with an apparently very high Potassium level (>7.5 mmol/L). I understand a condition known as Hyperkalemia (excessive Potassium) can be deadly, so it makes me wonder why he didn't see this reading as an issue.I'm going to go in tomorrow and ask him to take another Potassium reading.Look into CFS/MEwww.name-us.org
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2009
    • 06:51 PM
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  • Thanks for your response.I have however already looked into CFS, I do not fit either of the essential criteria which I understand should be applied before this criteria is used (1. The symptoms are supposed to continue for at least 6 months and 2) all other possible causes should be ruled out).Either way, I am not happy with a diagnosis of CFS. As I understand, it is simply a way of saying "well we don't know what's wrong with you, but you're really fatigued".
    JayeJaye 3 Replies
    • November 28, 2009
    • 00:47 AM
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  • I'm on my second course of antibiotics, the first course was Cefaclor, the current one is Erythromycin. I am also taking Seretide (purple inhaler) every night before bed. The inhaler seems to work and makes breathing temporarily easier, the antibiotics have done nothing.I am going to another GP tomorrow, it's really getting quite bad. My quality of life has suffered considerably, I can barely keep my eyes open. It's definitely something to do with my lungs, I cough (particularly when laying on my right side) and feel fluid go down my throat.Does *anybody* know what this could be, that it wouldn't be affected by these two different types of antibiotics?
    JayeJaye 3 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 11:08 AM
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  • I'm on my second course of antibiotics, the first course was Cefaclor, the current one is Erythromycin. I am also taking Seretide (purple inhaler) every night before bed. The inhaler seems to work and makes breathing temporarily easier, the antibiotics have done nothing.I am going to another GP tomorrow, it's really getting quite bad. My quality of life has suffered considerably, I can barely keep my eyes open. It's definitely something to do with my lungs, I cough (particularly when laying on my right side) and feel fluid go down my throat. Does *anybody* know what this could be, that it wouldn't be affected by these two different types of antibiotics? HiTwo suggestions from a non doctorLegionairs often presents as two separate illnesses, one coughing without phlem and later after a while the alveoli are broken open and then you get productive coughing.Secondly, atypical pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma is often called walking pneumonia as you are not bed ridden but very weak. The doctor should listen for rales and crackling in your lungs. You are in the right age group for this disease.Mycoplasmas do not have any cell walls and so would not be affected by antibiotics that stop bacteria by interferring with their cell walls.However your doctor must be thinking along these lines as erythromycin is used to treat Mycoplasma and Legionella. However bacterial resistance to Erythromycin can occur and modification of the basic macrolide structure has been made and you might find these newer antibiotics more effective. These include Azithromycin and Clarithromycin.I am getting this info from a relativly old book and I am fairly sure that Daptomycin is an even newer form of this antibiotic but they are keeping that one back for multi antibiotic resistant gram positive organisms (which neither Mycoplasma or Legionella are). I think maybe your doctor needs to keep up with the evolution of antibiotics.But how to suggest that to your doctor I have no idea.Best wishes
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 01:10 PM
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  • Infectious mononucleosis like syndrome.If not HIV or lues or hematology, than - normal astenia after IMLS.Therapy - simptomatic or granies method with little dose of alcohol. Hi all,I'm hoping that somebody is able to help me.6 weeks ago I had a throat infection with slight fever, I got better rather quickly. After that however I got sick again, occasional headaches, slight fever that comes and goes, general fatigue, and a bad 'rattling' cough when I first lay down in bed (first 10 minutes or so).At first I thought a chest infection, so I went to my GP's office last week (after 4 weeks of this, I figured I had better seek expert advice) and he ran some tests and prescribed me some antiobiotics.The antibiotics *seemed* to work, almost within hours, I swore I could feel my body almost tingling with energy I hadn't felt in weeks (placebo effect? I was sure it wasn't...). I was so convinced that the antiobiotics had done the trick that a couple days later I tried to resume my regualr resistance training schedule.Apparently not. Every time I try to do *anything* that requries a little physical effort, it just drains the energy out of me - like I have never experienced before. I just feel like I'm sick all the time, just writing this post now I feel I like laying down for a nap, and it's 2pm here. The tests that my GP ran included blood tests, STD tests, ECG. He also has referred me to an immunologist. I really want to get this diagnosed and treated, I'm a very active person and in fact studying Fitness Speciality, so I just can't afford to be incapacitated for an extensive period of time. To summarise: overall fatigue with the occasional rattling cough (not often, and not always 'rattling'), no discoloured phlegm or such. Anybody have any idea what this could be?
    Liepins 4 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 01:11 PM
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  • Don't let them dx you with CFS until you've researched electrical sensitivity.
    wbl4sur 24 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 02:45 PM
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