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fever, fatigue, joint pain with normal ANA and RA

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  • Posted By: shrtstuf121
  • January 16, 2009
  • 05:56 PM

I am hoping someone can offer some suggestions here as I am very frustrated. Since the beginning of 2008, I have been experiencing fever, fatigue and joint pain. At first, they assumed the fever was due to another pacemaker infection (I have had multiple system extractions/replacements due to infection). However, after that was ruled out they began the search for a source. Since Feb, I have continued to have the same symptoms. I run a fever as high as 102 several days of the week. With the fever is joint pain, muscle pain and of course extreme fatigue which stays even after the fever is gone. The symptoms are usually clustered around times when I have been physically active. In fact, I have learned to adjust my schedule to accomodate the symptoms. (i.e., if I have plans to run errands on Tuesday, I rest on Monday and make no plans on Wed or Thursday as I will typically run a fever and be in alot of pain.) I have seen Infectious Disease, Rheumatology/Immunology Cardiology and Pulmonology to date. RA is negative and ANA was detected but titer too low to be considered positive. Have recently started Synthroid as TSH has changed over the past year, it has helped a little with boosting energy level but not necessarily a good thing since the more active I am, the more I seem to pay with fever and pain later. All of my doctors are wonderful and are trying hard to determine origin of FUO so I am in NO WAY insulting them. However, I live in a small town with only 1 specialists for most areas of medicine and they are overwhelmed with patient loads. ANY thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Hi, where do you live? Is it a small town? I recommend to see a reumotologist,they focus on lupus and on any thing to do with an auto immune desiese.You should check your white blood count and your red count and your sed Rate that means if you have inflammation in your body.And tell your doctor to check your rheumatoid factors that means their cheking if you might have any type of arthrtis.Or you can go into the lnternet and check your simptoms related to fever because whenyou get fever that means you might have low white count or infection or inflammation.I had trouble too with fever,chills,fatigue i went to 3 doctors and nothing i had simptoms for years on and off.Untill the doctor referred me to a reumotologist because i had infflamation normal is 20 i han 44 so that was dangerous.The doctor told me i hand ployarteritisnodosa that is that my arteries get inflamation and what happens my blood doesnt get enought oxygen to my organs something like that i still dont get my head around it hopefulley this helps,never give up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 05:01 AM
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  • Hi, i send you a reply about stuff that you can do about the fever that you get. My e-mail is loremendoza67@yahoo.com
    lore67 1 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 05:15 AM
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  • Did you ever get a diagnosis? I am having the exact same symptoms as you and docs can't find the answer. Hope you are feeling better.
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