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Old 03-19-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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fevers of unknown etiology

please help my boyfriend and provide some medical advice. my boyfriend is 23 years old and his quality of life is being greatly diminished due to fevers of unknown ideology. my boyfriend was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. he had many strep throat infections as a kid. he used to drink heavily as a teen. for a few years now he's been getting these intermittent fevers that disappear after 48 hours. they appear with chills, soaking night sweats and body aches. when we started dating it got worse. these fevers start appearing every two weeks. he would know the fever was coming that morning. he got pain in his head and eyes. he would feel weak and get terrible chills and night sweats that were soaking wet. i brought him to the hospital and they wrote it off as tonsillitis because they got inflammed at the time of the fever. since these cyclical fevers kept recurring i brought him to an internist. he tested him for lupus, lyme disease, strep, did blood cultures and a variety of other tests. his aso titer was very high so they dismissed it as strep and gave him 10 days of amoxicillin. his lyme titer was also high. he was referred to an oncologist who told him he had lyme disease. he then went to an infectious disease specialist who treated him with 28 days of doxy. the fevers still persisted. strep throat cultures always came back negative. hospitals wrote him off and no one cared. the fevers truly resemble a cycle. they come on at night and it is followed by a period of good health. it's every 2-3 weeks. he saw another infectious disease specialist who said he never had lyme and if he did doxy would've knocked it out. he was told by his gp that he had ehrlichiosis because the titer was elevated but the doctor said doxy would have killed that too. even without the fevers he is plagued with dizziness and headaches. he had an echo done to rule out endocarditis. he truly is suffering endlessly. what could cause fevers of this pattern? every 2 weeks with a period of wellness in between? the new infectious disease specialist said this sounds inflammatory. he lives in ny, a heavily tick infested area. is the high aso titer a clue? he is 23..i thought a little old for rheumatic fever. the c reactive protein was also very high! please help! what do you think is causing these intermittent fevers?!

 
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Re: fevers of unknown etiology

I would suggest re-visiting the lyme disease. 28 days is not enough to "knock" lyme disease out even in most of the simpler cases of it.

There are OTHER diseases, other co-infections, that accompany lyme. Most ppl with lyme have at least one other co-infection (babesia, bartonella, anaplasmosis et al). That infectious disease doctor was not worth his salt, as seems to be too common in my experience.

Please pay a visit to the lyme board for further information and to find a lyme doctor in your area. only doctors who see tick-borne illnesses day-in-and-day out will be able to diagnose or rule TBIs out with any sort of comfortable accuracy.

best of luck to you.

 
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