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recurring illness/symptoms in 4/5 year old

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  • Posted By: sandraolt
  • November 9, 2009
  • 05:11 AM

My 5 year old has had recurring symptoms since June. For about 24 hrs he is fussy and/or irritable (quickly complains/cries if bumped or mildly injured by games) and will complain that he doesn't want to walk even across the room (says legs hurt), followed by a moderate to extremely severe headache, then sometimes immediately sometimes up to 24 hours after the headache starts, we notice a fever of 102 to 105 degrees and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. This generally clears up anywhere from 3-5 days from when the symptoms start.

Since June, he has averaged these symptoms at least once every 6 weeks. My doctor has tested him for the flu (negative), checked for ear infections and strep (negative) diagnosed him with sinusitus once, and basic cold the other times. Two fevers ago I had the doctor run some blood tests, I didn't receive specific results, but was told that the CBC and every thing else they checked were in the normal range.

It has been less than a month since his last fever and I am wondering if my doctor is right, and he is just more prone to infection than my other 3 boys and has overactive lymph nodes (which he will grow out of?) or if my Mom is right and I should be looking for another doctor.

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  • (1) Stop all food, except potatoes, carrots and cucumber. Give him only pure spring water. Cow's milk. He has a food allergy. If neglected, will affect his entire life. (2) Give him 1/4 dose anti allergy, perhaps in expectorant form. Only once. (3) Take him immediately to a new city, preferably a colder one, like a mountain health resort, for at least a month. You mat contact me on cottage23@rediffmail.com
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    • November 9, 2009
    • 03:16 PM
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  • My 6 year old sone had that from age 2.5 until he was 5. Seriously, I know what you're going through...it's a scary high fever at times and he was just listless on the couch for days during that fever time. I think my son's started with one really bad version of it and his glands were so swollen his throat looked like a frogs throat. At the start he had it every 4 weeks. His included vomiting and during that time he would only eat fruit... so one week out of every month was spent sick. As he aged, by age 4 they were once every 8 weeks. We lived in Puerto Rico at the time and our Dr. (military) offered an ENT referral but I declined down there, telling him I'd take care of it when we got back in the states. So, when we moved to MD, I waited until he had another episode and asked for an ENT referral telling the dr. we've been dealing with this for years, and I'm wondering since we've found no cause at all, might it be better to have his tonsils out. The ENT doc discussed his symptoms with us... I also added that he was a terrible sleeper, getting up frequent times during the night and he snored and just tossed and turned...he didn't have much energy....he had a gargly sounding throat/voice a lot. So, the tonsils were taken out and he's gotten sick twice in those 2 years...just regular illnesses. I don't think he got sick at all that first year... it was like night and day. I tell ya.... after about 6 weeks of recovering and eating well, he was zooming around like the energizer bunny...something we had NEVER seen in him....sometimes we almost wished he was the boy on the couch again (nah! not really...)I did have another friend whose daughter had something similar and her daughter was diagnosed with Periodic Fever Syndrome.... that diagnosis never came for us... but check it out and see if that makes sense. Unfortunately, I can't remember if she had her tonsils out of if she just eventually outgrew it with occasional relapses.I certainly hope this helps! And I really don't think it's normal to be having so much sickness all the time, so I'd either check out another dr. or get an ENT referral....SarahMy 5 year old has had recurring symptoms since June. For about 24 hrs he is fussy and/or irritable (quickly complains/cries if bumped or mildly injured by games) and will complain that he doesn't want to walk even across the room (says legs hurt), followed by a moderate to extremely severe headache, then sometimes immediately sometimes up to 24 hours after the headache starts, we notice a fever of 102 to 105 degrees and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. This generally clears up anywhere from 3-5 days from when the symptoms start. Since June, he has averaged these symptoms at least once every 6 weeks. My doctor has tested him for the flu (negative), checked for ear infections and strep (negative) diagnosed him with sinusitus once, and basic cold the other times. Two fevers ago I had the doctor run some blood tests, I didn't receive specific results, but was told that the CBC and every thing else they checked were in the normal range.It has been less than a month since his last fever and I am wondering if my doctor is right, and he is just more prone to infection than my other 3 boys and has overactive lymph nodes (which he will grow out of?) or if my Mom is right and I should be looking for another doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2009
    • 09:38 AM
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