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Weird Virus? Can't Figure Out What's Wrong

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 27, 2008
  • 10:57 PM

I've been sick since before Thanksgiving. It started out with a swollen lymph node on my armpit and groin. I felt fatigued, chilled and fluey and had no appetite. But had no other symptoms. A week later I ran a fever for a few days. And have been feeling very fatigued ever since. My PCP said it was proabaly a virus. She's run some blood work ( CBC, liver panel, mono) and everything came back normal. The fatigue is so bad I can't even leave the house. But I felt like the virus part was over and I was just recovering slowly.

Now this morning I woke up with painful swollen lymph nodes under my arms. I 'm chilled and have that "fluey" feeling again. And feel like I'm getting a fever.

What kind of a virus can go on for 5 weeks with such vague symtoms?

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  • The lymphatic phase of certain viral infections can produce a rather lengthy course and although 7 to 10 days represents the normal cycle for viral illness, it is not altogether uncommon for symptoms to become cyclic for up to 8 weeks before some patients begin to feel normal again. I do find it a bit odd that your labs were entirely normal, but it's nevertheless possible. The suggestion here is to return to you primary care physician within the coming week if your symptoms either remain constant or earlier if they grow worse or you experience new symtpoms. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 04:01 AM
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  • Dr Cottle, Thanks so much for your reply. I feel better knowing that it can take up to 8 weeks to feel normal with a virus and that symptoms can be cyclic during that period. I thought 2 weeks was the cut off point so I've been extremely frustrated and little scared becasue I'm not feeling better. I agree, it's strange my lab work has all been normal and while it's good news it also makes it harder to figure out what's going on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 05:26 PM
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  • Mononucleosis (spelling)
    jenevesss 6 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 05:46 PM
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  • Iv'e had two mono tests done and both came back negative. Although,this sure feels like a "mono" type illness.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 06:00 PM
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  • Iv'e had two mono tests done and both came back negative. Although,this sure feels like a "mono" type illness.If you still have symptoms in a week your doctor should be ordering more blood labs, testing for leukemia and other disorders. Just make sure to follow up and be persistant. The longer you have systems the more tests your doctor will order, your symptoms can be a sign of some serious illnesses. I am sure it is a virus and there are so many out there, but the only way to find out is to stay on your doctor, get rest, ***k plenty of fluids like WATER to help flush your system. Is your fever low grade 101.1 or less?
    jenevesss 6 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 06:38 PM
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  • You know I forgot to ask, in the days before your syptoms began did you have anything that resembled a boil or hard raised hair bump on your body?
    jenevesss 6 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 06:46 PM
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  • If you still have symptoms in a week your doctor should be ordering more blood labs, testing for leukemia and other disorders. Just make sure to follow up and be persistant. The longer you have systems the more tests your doctor will order, your symptoms can be a sign of some serious illnesses. I am sure it is a virus and there are so many out there, but the only way to find out is to stay on your doctor, get rest, ***k plenty of fluids like WATER to help flush your system. Is your fever low grade 101.1 or less? I'm not running a fever right now but when I did, the highest it got 101.7. I do feel as though I'm going to run a fever again. My PCP did three CBC's, all were normal, so I'm thinking (and hoping) they would rule out Leukemia. But I'm wondering if she's mssing some other lab work that might help figure this out. On the second CBC, while still in the normal range, my normally low neutrtrophil (sp) count went up significantly. Not sure what that means? Because then the neutrophil went back down on the last CBC.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 06:57 PM
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  • You know I forgot to ask, in the days before your syptoms began did you have anything that resembled a boil or hard raised hair bump on your body? Not that I can think of. But.... I have had a history of rashes for years and did break my skin on my arm and back causing it to bleed from scratching about a week before becoming symptomatic.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 07:00 PM
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  • I have another question. I had a little wine, maybe 1/2 a glass on Christmas eve because at that point my main remaining symptom was fatigue. I thought I was recovering and that the virus part was finally over. Is it possible the alcohol, even that small amount made me symptomatic again?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2008
    • 07:11 PM
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  • Ok I'm no doctor but do a lot of research on medician and the doctor will have to peform more blood test than cbc's to identify any signs of leukemia and if you stay ill I guarantee if he is any kind of doctor he will check for leukemia next if you stay ill. If i'm reading correctly you say you normally have low neutrophil normally. A lack of mature neutrophils (bacteria-destroying white blood cells) is known as neutropenia or granulocytopenia. Conditions that usually involve low or lack of neutrophil are- aplastic anemia cancer,particularly blood cancers, certain medications, hereditary disorders (e.g. congenital neutropenia, cyclic neutropenia) radiation, Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency. Increased destruction: autoimmune neutropenia, chemotherapy treatments, such as for cancer and autoimmune diseases, Marginalisation and sequestration: Hemodialysis. However, there is often a mild neutropenia in viral infections. Neutrophil is a type of white blood cell and should not be at abnormally low levels, if this is a virus that they missed or did not test for that should be the reason for the low count. If it is abnormally high a sudden bacterial infection can be to blame or even stress. I hope this helps but don't panic its probably a virus, I've been sick for years and these doctors can't find anything wrong with me so Iv'e studied and studied now I think I might be more educated than some of them, lol. Good luck I hope u feel better soon.
    jenevesss 6 Replies
    • December 29, 2008
    • 04:14 AM
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  • tHE REASON i ASKED OF THE BUMPS WAS BECAUSE CERTAIN SPIDER BITES CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE THOSE SYMPTOMS BUT THE ONES THAT DO, THE BITE WOULD ITCH, HURT AND EVENTUALLY RESEMBLE A BOIL BEFORE IT HEALED.
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    • December 29, 2008
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  • tHE REASON i ASKED OF THE BUMPS WAS BECAUSE CERTAIN SPIDER BITES CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE THOSE SYMPTOMS BUT THE ONES THAT DO, THE BITE WOULD ITCH, HURT AND EVENTUALLY RESEMBLE A BOIL BEFORE IT HEALED. Yeah, this was definitely a rash not a spider bite. I almost wish it were because then it might explain why I'm feeling so sick. Thanks for your input and help. I appreciate it
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2008
    • 05:17 PM
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  • Ok I'm no doctor but do a lot of research on medician and the doctor will have to peform more blood test than cbc's to identify any signs of leukemia and if you stay ill I guarantee if he is any kind of doctor he will check for leukemia next if you stay ill. If i'm reading correctly you say you normally have low neutrophil normally. A lack of mature neutrophils (bacteria-destroying white blood cells) is known as neutropenia or granulocytopenia. Conditions that usually involve low or lack of neutrophil are- aplastic anemia cancer,particularly blood cancers, certain medications, hereditary disorders (e.g. congenital neutropenia, cyclic neutropenia) radiation, Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency. Increased destruction: autoimmune neutropenia, chemotherapy treatments, such as for cancer and autoimmune diseases, Marginalisation and sequestration: Hemodialysis. However, there is often a mild neutropenia in viral infections. Neutrophil is a type of white blood cell and should not be at abnormally low levels, if this is a virus that they missed or did not test for that should be the reason for the low count. If it is abnormally high a sudden bacterial infection can be to blame or even stress. I hope this helps but don't panic its probably a virus, I've been sick for years and these doctors can't find anything wrong with me so Iv'e studied and studied now I think I might be more educated than some of them, lol. Good luck I hope u feel better soon. LOL, yikes, now you're scaring me a little. :eek: :) What other blood work besides a CBC do you think my PCP should run to rule out Leukemia? I know I'm going to request a lymph node biopsy or a least a consult with a surgeon if the nodes continue to swell and don't go down.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2008
    • 00:22 AM
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