I've just moved to Northern California and became suddenly ill. It seemed like classic flu - severe headache, chills, muscle aches, strong non-productive coughing, nausea, weakness, tiredness and intermittent diarrhea. My temperature shot up to 103 for 3 days straight and I couldn't eat anything. I just lay in bed alternating between the sweats and the chills.
I am newly covered under my husband's HMO, but when I saw the doctor my initial exam was ridiculous - I took my temperature right before I left the house and it was 102.7. The doctor used an ear thermometer which he barely put into my ear at all (it didn't even touch the inside of my ear - it was like he either didn't want to or didn't know how to use an ear thermometer) and he pronounced that I had a 99 temperature. Then he took my height and weight, asked no personal history questions at all, and gave me a prescription for Tamiflu and an antibiotic. He then said not to contact him for 2 weeks because he was going on vacation out of the country.
After this my temperature went up to 105. Luckily, Tamiflu seemed to work well and i got better. Then after 2 days of feeling better I developed a severe, dry cough just like I had previously, a bad headache, exhaustion and a sore throat. My temperature is only 100-101, but I wonder if I may have Tamiflu resistant flu. The doctor never took a throat culture, so I can't actually even confirm that it was flu other than the fact that the antiviral drug worked. I wonder if it's worth it to return to this doctor. Is this the state of HMO's today or was this a pretty lousy new patient evaluation ? I'm so exhausted now and all I do is have coughing fits until I throw up water. I've been sick now for three weeks. What should I do?
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