Re: Mysterious fevers without origin. EVERY NIGHT! For about a year!
Ok, before you read the rest of my post, take your pulse. Do you know how to? Turn one hand (i.e. Left) over so the palm is facing up. Take the first 3 fingers of your other hands (Right ) and put them on your (left hand's) thumb. Move the fingers down until all three fingers are on the wrist, just below the crease. You can feel your pulse here. Take a few breaths till you are relaxed, then count how many beats in 60 seconds. Ok, go ahead and do that now before finishing this post.
I have had a family member with endocarditis and her symptoms completely mirrored yours, I mean completely, and she went undiagnosed for a long time until she had a mini stroke from it. Its not a common thing so docs don't always think of testing for it. Really, the best thing to do would go to the ER and ask for an urgent evaluation to see if you have endocarditis. This would include at minimum, a 2D-echo or TEE, an EKG, blood cultures. If your heart rate was above 110 while relaxed that too is a sign that this could be another episode of endocarditis. Tell them about the severe headaches and eye pain and ask for an MRI of the head as well since endocarditis can do that too. Best of luck to you for a speedy recovery and do keep us posted..... and please do go to the ER =( Tell them about your history of endocarditis, your symptoms, and ask for those tests specifically by name. If the ER discharges you without giving you these tests, call the cardiologist, ask for a same day appointment, and ask him to order these tests for you. (make sure the order sheet is written as a STAT test too. If they could do a CT of the chest that would also be helpful but its importance is much less than the other tests for diagnosing endocarditis.
Last edited by Ayvah2; 12-08-2009 at 08:49 PM.