Whenever I haven't slept very well (i.e. very much), I spend the next day feeling somewhat feverish. [more inside]
I just returned from West Africa and have a number of symptoms consistent with malaria - or the flu. I have no healthcare, through circumstances beyond my control (I'll elaborate) until May 1. When is it worth it to go to the doctor to get tested? How can I try to keep this from being a pre-existing condition, given that it may be the recurrent form? [more inside]
Can I get a yellow fever vaccination if I have a contraindication? [more inside]
Feeling ill yesterday and today, with a fever, slight cough, stuffed nose, sore joints. Taking dayquil and nyquil, and keeping track of my temperature every few hours. What temperature means "go to the hospital?" What other symptoms re: the cough and nose might man go to the hospital? [more inside]
I'm experiencing abdominal pain, and would like a non-medical sounding board for how serious it sounds, and whether it's hospital worthy (given my almost non-existent lack of health insurance). You are not my doctor, etc., etc., but I'd like some non-medical advice about whether what I'm experiencing is something serious, or something that I can just push through. I think I have a low pain tolerance threshold, and I'm not good at gauging relative pain strength while in pain, so I'd like some perspective. I don't know which details are important, so I'm including them all. [more inside]
Do I really need to stay home with the flu? [more inside]
I have a 4 day old baby and my 2 year old just came down with a fever (101.5 at the moment). We don't have anyone who can take the toddler for a couple of days, but I am afraid the baby or my wife might get sick. I am really worried. What should I do?
Husband down with a flu bug from Mexico [more inside]
What did I and my kids just recover from? [more inside]
Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
Low grade fever for 10 days with (mostly) no other symptoms. When is it doctor time? [more inside]
help me break a fever asap! [more inside]
Occasional nightly delirium during mild fever -- what gives? [more inside]
Is there a general consensus in the medical world regarding whether it is better or not to use fever reducing medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) for medium-grade fevers? [more inside]
Does anyone else here get sick (flu, fever, etc.) when they have their period? [more inside]
YANMD. But my choices are ER or wait. Left side pain, fever, blood, etc. What to do? [more inside]
IANAD. YANMD. Just sayin. Is taking tylenol or ibuprofen to lower a fever usually a way to prolong the infection ? [more inside]
A friend of mine at work has an eleven-year-old son who, about once a month, comes down with a fever of between 102 and 104 degrees that lasts for about 2 days. [more inside]
You Are Not A Doctor - But you can still help me. Red spots all over my body? [more inside]
Seasonal allergies: sign of a weak immune system, a healthy one, or just pollen-wrought hell over which I have no control? [more inside]
Just got back from the dentist an hour ago, now I feel like I have a fever. Related? [more inside]
Why is my feverish kitten twitching? [more inside]
My toddler (just turned 2) has had a fever for almost a month. Would you be concerned? His pediatrician isn't. [more inside]
What are the best ways to comfort someone with a bad cold/flu? [more inside]
Should I be worried about this? I went to the doctor this morning to get checked out for cold/flu symptoms; I didn't think it was serious -- I just wanted to check that I didn't have H1N1, but the doctor told me that the treatment I'd been getting for prostatitis was "highly unusual for someone in their 20s", and he said I should immediately stop taking the antibiotic I'm on (Septra/Bactrim) because I might be having an allergic reaction to it, or possibly an autoimmune reaction. [more inside]
is it common to have a fever with torn ligaments? I had a bike accident three days ago and for some ligaments in my arm pretty badly. I took Vicodin and ibuprofen for the first few days but now I'm just taking ibuprofen. I was just about to take my next dosage, when i decided to take my temperature. It's 100.1. I don't feel feverish or weird. Could this just be the inflammation and/or healing process? It's also pretty hot in the apartment. You're not my doctor, but any insights are much appreciated.
YANMD: After two days lying in bed, the fever has stopped, I no longer have chills, and I think I can get up and walk around. But now I have searing pain in the back of my throat - much worse than it was before. What's going on?
At 8 am this morning my five year old son was fine. At noon he had a temperature of 40.4 C (104.7 F). By 4:30 his temp was normal again. This is the fourth time in the last two weeks he's had a high fever (over 39) that lasts for only a few hours . What's up? [more inside]
I am writing a fictional story about someone who lives in the slums of some small South American country. When he was ten, during a fever, an angel appeared to him and told him that he would become an FBI Agent. He may have seen a movie with FBI agents, so he has some sense of what that means. Step by step, what does he have to do to fulfill that prophecy in a real way? [more inside]
Florescent orange snot filter: has anyone ever had this? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
Low grade fever, intermittent sore throat, lots of dizziness, extremely stiff neck and upper back, and headache - what's happening to me and how can I make it better? [more inside]
Started with a god-awful headache early Thursday morning, developed back pain/spasms later in the day, and a fever (102.9F) that night. Everything else has subsided, but the back pain persists. So I've got a few questions... [more inside]
It's the middle of the night in Taipei, Taiwan and I'm shivering with a fever of 101.7 degrees F - at what point should I head to the hospital? [more inside]
I've had an illness come back twice in 4 months. No insurance, so I figured I'd query the hivemind. Muscle aches, short fever and gastro-intestinal distress after the jump. [more inside]
Please help me figure out the titles of two movies that freaked me out as a child, one involving a space expedition and one involving a mummy. [more inside]
When I'm battling an infection/virus for a few days, my body temperature climbs as the sun goes down. My village elders tell me this is normal. Why do fevers get worse after sundown, but subside in the morning?
At what point is an adult fever too high? [more inside]
What is the 19th Century illness that disfigures Esther Summerson of Dicken's Bleak House? [more inside]
My kitten is acting very listless and her inner eyelids are half closed. Anyone else experience this? [more inside]
Does the famed "24 hour bug" really exist, and if so, what is it? [more inside]
Everyday, at random, I break out in the chills. It feels like I have a fever for a few minutes. It comes and goes. Some days it happens more than others. It's like my internal thermometer / hypothalamus goes wacky. I don't quite break a sweat but I get a little balmy. Does anyone else have this problem with regulating their temperature, and if so, what have you done about it. Is my thermometer busted, or is there something more sinister at work here.
Post-surgery, should I be more worried about the frequency of fevers or how high they go? [more inside]
Help me figure out what this weird burning/raw sensation is... [more inside]
If a fever is the human body's response to pathogens, does taking medicine to bring down one's fever increase recovery time? If this is true, is it true of all medicines that treat cold/flu symptoms?
How can I end my chronic illness? [more inside]
Under the weather... [more inside]
I'm trying to find a brief video clip from the movie Cabin Fever. The clip is of a young, mullet-haired boy (named Dennis) shouting out "Pancakes! Pancakes!" while doing some martial arts moves. I've found the clip on the web before (over a year ago), but haven't been able to locate it recently. I've tried Google searches with no luck. Any help would be much appreciated.
Any tips for getting through a day at work while feeling flu-ish? [more inside]
I've been sick with what I think of as a Short-Term Generic Debilitating Illness. What do you call it? And how do you beat it? [mi]