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Old 07-20-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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West Nile infection?

Hi all,

For the past week I have been suffering from a number of symptoms. I have been having severe headaches (I have never had headaches this painful) that are not aided with advil, neck stiffness, two strands of lymph nodes on the back of my neck are enlarged, and body weakness/muscle fatigue/joint aches.

My doctor gave me a CBC that came back, in his words, completely normal. He gave me Tylenol with codeine for the pain, which generally works, but then I'm just sick from the codeine. My doctor initially believed I was suffering from a mosquito borne illness, but retracted that because I have not suffered from a fever. However, I never have fevers. When I was severely ill with mono, I did not have a fever.

I may not have West Nile, but I do know that my symptoms are unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. I have an appointment with my doctor on Tuesday morning, and if he attempts to brush this off as just a viral infection, what can I do? I want to see some kind of specialist, so does anyone have any recommendations/advice on how to handle this situation? And any insight into if my symptoms seem to be west nile?

Thanks so much.