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Old 03-07-2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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Does this sound like West Nile

I have been having very low-grade fevers off & on since last August, and there have been several times in the last 6 months I've been really wiped out for a week or so for no apparent reason.

For the last week or so I've felt great with lots of energy, but this morning I was folding laundry and suddenly my face felt flush and I felt kind of weak so I took my temp and it was 99.9. I took it 2 different ways just to make sure I was getting the right reading. My hands are ice cold and my face feels hot.

This has happened a lot and so I'm wondering what's going on. I've been monitoring my temp and when I'm feeling good it's usually right around 97.8. This morning is the highest it's gone.

I board & train horses so I get bitten by mosquitos quite a bit in the summer. But since I've had some other neurological issues in the past I didn't even think about West Nile when I started feeling bad again.

Other symptoms are: fatigue, feeling weak, swollen glands, chest pain. Just wondered if this sort of thing happens with West Nile and any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 03-07-2007, 07:47 PM   #2
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Re: Does this sound like West Nile

My husband to be swears that he had the West Nile Virus. Like you he had fever since about August as well. We live where Katrina hit in New Orleans. He had chest pain and was in bed if he was not at work. He actualy called out for the first time in years for a week straight. THis GP told him he had the beginning of pneumonia. gave him a shot and Cipro for 2 weeks and sent him home. Of course he never had a blood test done so there is no way of knowing exactly what he had.

After 3 more trips to the doctor, the last time was a month ago, he gave him another shot and prescription vitamins and cipro again for a week. He seems to be better but is still very tired. His body is a bit achy but not as bad as before. No headaches and his chest pains seem to have stopped.

Like I said he never had a blood test for the west nile virus so there is no way to be 100% that he actually had it. He scanned the internet and all the info he read has led him to believe that he did indeed have it.


Old 03-11-2007, 06:51 PM   #3
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Re: Does this sound like West Nile

Sorry to hear about your fiance's problems. I hope he can find some answers.

My doctor's office called last week and I'm to go in Monday for results of some labwork. They wouldn't tell me over the phone what is going on so I'm kind of hoping for answers tomorrow. It's hard to not feel well and not know why, so I can definitely sympathize with your fiance.

If you can, try to find a good, caring physician that is interested in trying to get to the root of the problem instead of just treating each symptom as it appears.

Take care and I wish you the best,

Old 04-09-2007, 07:19 AM   #4
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Re: Does this sound like West Nile

i have wondered if you can get recurring illness from west nile. like malaria. i thought i had west nile when it first appeared in this area. then a couple of years later i was sick for about 3 weeks. i would wake up and feel okay and then start to run a slight fever and feel really tired and have to go to sleep. after a week of this i went to the doctor... to make a long story short he did eventually test me for mono and west nile and it came back positive for west nile. but the test showed that it was an older infection. the state wasn't so sure so i was tested again. anyway it was some kind of virus. there are thousands out there and they can't test for all of them. every so often i go through a period where i don't feel well and i wonder if it is an after effect of west nile. God bless

Old 04-21-2008, 06:42 PM   #5
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Re: Does this sound like West Nile

I went to the beach a couple of summers ago and got sick while there. I would get fever and chills and aches in the afternoon and take motrin cover up good and wait til the fever broke. then I felt ok in the evening till bedtime and it would start up again.

I figured I had a virus and it would go away. We came home and I stayed sick. I had this for 6 solid weeks with NO let up. Each day I would get the fever around 11 am and it would last all day and into the night. Taking motrin/aspirin for it helped but the bone shattering chills and shakes were unbelievable.

I lost 15 lbs in nothing flat. I could not eat anything but crackers and gatorade. I hardly went anywhere. Sometimes my fever was as high as 103.3 and other times as low as a 100.5 but usually around 101 or 102. you can see why I had chills and aches and pains. I thought I was dying.

My doc sent me to a specialist who tested me for every tropical disease there is and AIDs and everything else you can think of. But he did NOT test me for Lyme Disease. Nothing came back positive. I was a big mystery to everyone...

Finally my symptoms subsided and life went back to normal.

I had Lyme 12 years ago and would get sick for 2 or 3 days each summer and then suddenly the flare ups stopped.

Anyone have any ideas? if this ever happens to me again, I want to be tested for LYME.

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Old 04-26-2008, 11:02 AM   #6
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Re: Does this sound like West Nile

I'm not a expert here, but West Nile has complications other than the fever. My thought of a lingering fever is showing signs of a low grade Encephalitis, which goes hand in hand with West Nile, if indeed it was Encephalitis then a spinal tap would be the test to show that or an MRI to show swelling of the brain.

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