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Old 10-10-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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Fever is the only symptom

For nearly three days, I have had a fever - reduced with acetaminophen - ranging from 99.5 to 102.6. Ordinarily I'd think flu, but there's no coughing; no sore throat; no stomach upset; and only a slight weakness and VERY slight background-type headache.

I've scoured my mind for every possible cause - 16 hours prior to the onset of fever I was stung by some insect on the ground while mowing the yard, likely a wasp - my finger swelled for a few hours but now the wound is barely visible; I've suspected Lyme because I've hiked in TN, AL, and AR during the past three weeks (and pulled a tick off in Arkansas) - but Lyme is very rare there, plus these are not SEVERE flu symptoms. !

Right now I'm tracking the fever. But I so rarely get sick, I'm unacquainted with the medical community and don't want to randomly choose a quack. (Been to a doctor just once in four years - for a severe case of poison ivy.) Besides that I don't have insurance since being laid off 11 months ago. If something so simple as a round of antibiotics will likely fix it, I'll go to the clinic.

Ideas??

 
Old 10-10-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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Re: Fever is the only symptom

It still sounds viral....viral infections don't have to present with the symptoms you've mentioned. Generally these things go away within 7-10 days, but if you find that after even 2 weeks your fever is still there, then you should seek medical attention. Additionally, if a doctor gives you antibiotics for the symptoms you describe, it would be poor practice. You don't have any localizing symptoms, and this is not a situation where empiric antiobiotics would be a good idea.

 
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:59 AM   #3
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Re: Fever is the only symptom

Thanks for the reply - I appreciate it!

 
Old 10-11-2008, 09:30 AM   #4
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Re: Fever is the only symptom

I had the same thing a month ago. Strangest thing, as appetite was pretty normal, I didn't feel "sick" other than that darn fever and the exhaustion from that. It took me about a week to feel normal again.

 
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