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Not the flu

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  • Posted By: Tracey Bell
  • March 27, 2008
  • 01:51 PM

I am 26 weeks pregnant and have been very ill for the past 7 weeks and counting. It started out like the flu- sore throat, fever, nasal congestion. My symptoms now include a severe and relentless cough that often leads to vomitting, dizziness, headache, sinus pressure, sore throat, and loose bowel movements.

It's like having everything at once. I completed a course of Amoxicillin over 2 weeks ago and continue to get worse instead of better. The coughing has caused me to tear some tendons from the bone around my rib cage. I thought I had broken a rib but xrays confirmed no ribs were broken. My neck is also very sore. I feel like this is going to kill me. I have been to the doctor as well as the local emergency department several times and I am reaching the end of my rope.

It's upsetting because prior to my pregnancy I had always been healthy. I do not smoke or use drugs. I have not consumed a drop of alcohol since we decided to try for a baby. I have faithfully taken my prenatal vitamins and I eat healthfully (although not much stays down now). I'm off work now until after my maternity and parental leave.

Please. If this sounds like anything you can put a name to, let me know. I feel like I am dying of some undiagnosed disease/condition and it is beginning to make me quite depressed on top of it all.

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  • how tired are you with all this? are you weak as well?
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, I have been feeling quite tired and generally "run down" throughout all this. I had bloodwork done yesterday. My family doc is out of town for a week and a half so I was seen by someone else. He appeared quite disturbed that this had been allowed to go on for so long without bloodwork being done and without an OB being brought in. He referred me to an OB and I will be seeing her on Tuesday. I finally felt like someone was taking some action. He said to me "this is not the flu"...which is kinda funny since that's what I named this thread.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have heard that whooping cough is on the uprise at the moment.Your symptoms do sound a bit like it. Adults do not get the characteristic whoop and it starts out like a serious cold/flu and the cough develops about two weeks later.How is your vaccination status.?It is important to get this checked out because if it is whooping cough, you could infect your baby after the birth and it is very, very dangerous for newborns.I hope I am wrong and that your coughing has already got better.Best wishes to you and the baby
    chrismia 159 Replies Flag this Response
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