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Not the flu

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  • Posted By: Tracey Bell
  • March 27, 2008
  • 01:51 PM

I am 26 weeks pregnant and have been very ill for the past 7 weeks and counting. It started out like the flu- sore throat, fever, nasal congestion. My symptoms now include a severe and relentless cough that often leads to vomitting, dizziness, headache, sinus pressure, sore throat, and loose bowel movements.

It's like having everything at once. I completed a course of Amoxicillin over 2 weeks ago and continue to get worse instead of better. The coughing has caused me to tear some tendons from the bone around my rib cage. I thought I had broken a rib but xrays confirmed no ribs were broken. My neck is also very sore. I feel like this is going to kill me. I have been to the doctor as well as the local emergency department several times and I am reaching the end of my rope.

It's upsetting because prior to my pregnancy I had always been healthy. I do not smoke or use drugs. I have not consumed a drop of alcohol since we decided to try for a baby. I have faithfully taken my prenatal vitamins and I eat healthfully (although not much stays down now). I'm off work now until after my maternity and parental leave.

Please. If this sounds like anything you can put a name to, let me know. I feel like I am dying of some undiagnosed disease/condition and it is beginning to make me quite depressed on top of it all.

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