My fever didn't reach 103, so I'm not hot-blooded.
October 21, 2008 9:08 PM Subscribe
Fatigue and low-grade fever for three weeks but no other symptoms. Why is my doctor so freaked out, and what is he testing for?
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I went to the doctor today for a routine thyroid function test and happened to mention that I've been feeling run-down, exhausted, and have had a low grade (99.4-100.4) fever more days than not for the past three weeks. There was an immediate switch in his normally calm demeanor as he asked a bunch of follow-up questions about other symptoms (none) and timing and such.
He told me he suspects a viral infection, and ordered a chest x-ray and a test for Epstein-Barr (mono). He first told me to come in on Monday for a follow up, and then changed his mind to Friday, and said that the office would work around my schedule to make sure I was seen.
The phlebotomist did 2 cultures - one she said was for mono - and took 6 vials of blood - one is a CBC and another for the thyroid test. She was vague when I asked about the other tests, and the doctor was with his next patient so I couldn't ask him. What might he be testing for?