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  • Posted By: tori1138
  • February 16, 2008
  • 03:36 AM

I'm a 38 yr old female. Since April of 2007 I have been running a low grade fever most days. It comes on late morning and sometimes lasts all day. Normally running between 99-100 F. I also sometimes feel feverish but am not. I've also been losing hair. Thinning, no clumps of hair but definite thinning all over. I'm more fatigued than normal and feel very blah alot. I seem to have bloating and minor tenderness in my abdomen. I had an ultrasound by my GYN and she said the female stuff looks normal. I've been to several doctors had many tests but nothing has shown up. My thyroid is ok, hormones ok... everything is good according to the doctors. I asked to be screened for cancer because I have read that fever is a symptom of cancer but they say without more difinitive symptoms they cant jump on that bandwagon. I should mention I am on 2 medications - atenolol for tachycardia 25mg daily and xanax for panic disorder 1mg as needed. And yes my doctors have brushed me off due to my panic disorder but that is under control so it's ridiculous they do that.

So where to go from here? I'm lost. I know this isnt normal but I'm unsure who to see now. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

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  • It could be something immunological, infectious, inflammatory, or, as you mentioned, neoplastic. This is pretty broad...Do you think the tachycardia and "panic attacks" came on at about the same time? Have they checked you for pheochromocytoma? To do so, they need to check your urine for catecholamine products.I'm not sure what else it could be. I know I had a lot of hypothyroid symptoms (if your symptoms are thyroid related, they'd be hyper- thyroid ones, not hypo), and was told my gland was okay because the hormones were okay... but was subsequently diagnosed with thyroid disease based on antibody testing and ultrasound. I don't know if it's worth doing these tests in you, though, or if an overactive thyroid can raise your temperature up so high.It sounds like your doctors should be working you up carefully. Please do not let them brush you off. You don't just suddenly get fevers and fatigue for no reason... and it sounds like there's more to the tachycardia and panic attacks than meets the eye. I'd strongly suspect that everything's related somehow.I hope you get answers soon. Please don't go back to a doctor who brushes you off. This is your health we're talking about and they should be a little more concerned.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 09:21 AM
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  • I typed in "chronic fever, hair thinning and abdominal bloating" and got a hit for celiac. Look that up and see if your symptoms are similar.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 11:48 AM
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  • I'm going to do some reseach on the things ya'll mentioned and mention these things to my doctor when I go again. I'm thinking of going to an endrocronologist (sp?) or a rhuematologist rather than an internist. In regard to my panic disorder, this started shortly after the death of my parents and sister in the mid 90s and has been an ongoing problem. I have been on just about every medication to help with it but nothing worked so finally after 10 yrs they put me on xanax. I had been on the atenolol for about 10 yrs. I'm not sure this is related. I have been told that the meds can cause some of my symptoms such as hair loss and fatigue and possibly medication induced fever. Crazy? If this is the case why did it all start last year? hmmm .....dont think I'm buying that one. I will be seeing another doctor and will post if I find out anything new. I appreciate the feedback, thank you.
    tori1138 2 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 02:23 PM
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