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Mystery Diagnosis

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  • Posted By: mtornatore
  • December 10, 2008
  • 11:54 PM

Hello all,
I'm having quite a dilemma. So, my symptoms include a dry cough with very little phlegm (or just a saliva-like substance), I've been feeling awfully weak physically, and have a sore throat with white patches. It is now Wednesday the 10th and I originally began feeling symptoms Thursday the 4th. Over the weekend I had a very strange voice change experience where it seemed that my voice was much deeper (it also hurt to talk a bit). The cough is also very constant unless I eat something or drink something in which case it will cease for about 5-10 minutes. The voice effect also seems to be wearing down. I am a 16 year old male.
Now, I saw my doctor on Monday the 8th. He performed a throat culture which turned out negative for strep. No blood test was used. Another thing that I feel factors in is that I wrestle and mononucleosis has made an appearance on the team. However, my doctor said that he did not think this is mono because there are not enough symptoms shown. He suggested parainfluenza yet told me that should I feel these symptoms in two weeks, I would need to come back.
I felt after the appointment that there was little purpose in my being there because I never got a straight diagnosis of whether it is mono, parainfluenza or something else so I'm asking that if you have any idea as to what this is, please post.

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  • You definitely need to be tested for infectious mononucleosis.Extreme weakness occurs in 90% of patients,plus you're in the age group that most commonly gets it.Your sore throat with white patches is very common,too.I can't explain the cough though.It might be unrelated to your primary illness.Your voice getting deeper for awhile probably was laryngitis.IT's good that your doctor did a throat culture,but I don't think he went far enough.Hope this helps you.:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 01:58 PM
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  • thanks, it makes sense that that would be laryngitis but i wasnt sure. that might mean the cough is bronchitis? that could go along with the para influenza that my doctor diagnosed. another update is a bit of pain in my left abdominal area which is leading me to definitely check for mono. thanks for the input.
    mtornatore 3 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 09:40 PM
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  • Thanks for the feedback.If you have pain in the left upper quadrant of your abdomen,it's likely to be an enlarged spleen,which is very common in ''mono.''Also,90% of patients with''mono'' have a positive blood test after being sick for a week,and that includes you,of course.:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 10:28 PM
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  • the abdominal pain was more towards my back and it was the kind of pain where, if i stretched that area out at all, i'd get a sort of throbbing pain which seemed very unusual to me. I also wanted to mention that since my doctor's original prognosis was HPIV (human parainfluenza virus) i checked the symptoms of it. First, the symptoms include many things i have not experienced such as labored breathing, vomitting, and diarrhea. It also said there are similar signs to mononucleosis so i can see where the prognosis came from. however, the website also shared that the climaz of the disease only last 2-5 days. this is my seventh day and although i have noticed a slight relief from the symptoms, its still obviously there. the website i looked at was: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/peds_infectious/hpara.cfmIt seems to me like whatever i have is not HPIV but it doesnt really seem like mono either seeing as the symptoms are all somewhat dulled down from the misery i hear they truly are. this is what has me wondering.
    mtornatore 3 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 01:28 AM
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  • the abdominal pain was more towards my back and it was the kind of pain where, if i stretched that area out at all, i'd get a sort of throbbing pain which seemed very unusual to me. I also wanted to mention that since my doctor's original prognosis was HPIV (human parainfluenza virus) i checked the symptoms of it. First, the symptoms include many things i have not experienced such as labored breathing, vomitting, and diarrhea. It also said there are similar signs to mononucleosis so i can see where the prognosis came from. however, the website also shared that the climaz of the disease only last 2-5 days. this is my seventh day and although i have noticed a slight relief from the symptoms, its still obviously there. the website i looked at was: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/peds_infectious/hpara.cfmIt seems to me like whatever i have is not HPIV but it doesnt really seem like mono either seeing as the symptoms are all somewhat dulled down from the misery i hear they truly are. this is what has me wondering.
    mtornatore 3 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 02:59 AM
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  • You said that you had felt quite weak,a very common symptom of mono,which you have until prooven otherwise.:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 11:13 PM
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