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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   There is some virus going around my son's school. Fever for 4+ days in a row, and then resperatory or other infection following. My son seems to have the same, but this morning he woke up crying saying his legs hurt too much to walk on. Is this possibly residual pain from the fever? Or should I be worried something more serious? He has been switch dosing Tylenol and Ibuprofin for three days.
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
User :   Is everything in my question clear?
Doctor :   yes i am going thru your query
User :   nice to meet you, im AAAAAAA
Doctor :   same here
Doctor :   may i know his age please ?
User :   he is 7, and 59 lbs
Doctor :   ok
User :   i work at the his school, and no one else seems to have come down with the sore legs
Doctor :   hoe high is the fever ?
User :   it peeked at 103.7 on sunday night
User :   now it hangs around 101
Doctor :   is the fever constant ?
User :   and a headache
Doctor :   any shivers?
User :   it has been constant but for a few hours last night
User :   no shivers, unless i am using a cold rag on his head
Doctor :   so when you are giving him the medication does it subsides ?
User :   not completely, down to about 100
Doctor :   ok
User :   i took him in on sunday, they said virus, which is fine, but the leg thing worries me
Doctor :   any cough ?
User :   he has runny nose and a cough, that isnt very frequent
User :   doesnt seem bacterial, no color
Doctor :   i can understand your concern, have you noticed any swelling in the legs
User :   no they look fine
User :   it only hurts when he puts weight on them
User :   up to his groin
User :   but not in his buttocks
Doctor :   is he urinating more than usual ?
User :   all functions seem normal, he jsut had a bm an hour ago as well, drinking tons, no loss of appetite
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   and this this the first time he has complained about the peg pain
User :   yes, just this morning
User :   he is lying down now moving them around, its only when he tries to stand
Doctor :   a pain in the groin area can suggest an infection
Doctor :   esp when the body immunity is low with fever
User :   i am asking him now
User :   seems to be jus the thigh muscle up to that point, but no IN the groin
User :   and no pain in the leg joints, just the muscles he says when i ask him
Doctor :   that can be a muscle spasm
User :   even the bottom of his feet
User :   both legs at once?
Doctor :   i do want to advice that he gets a urine test done
User :   ok, you think maybe the kidneys?
Doctor :   you said about the virus in school have other children experiencing the same symptoms ?
User :   they have had everything but for the leg pains, they have been dropping like flies, we sent home 8 with fever just yesterday
User :   there seems tio be a delay here, i think my wifi is acting up
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   well in your son's case
Doctor :   since he is complaining of a leg pains
Doctor :   a urine test is must
User :   ok, i will demand one when i take him back today
Doctor :   are you giving any medications ?
User :   just the alternatin tylenol and ibuprofin
User :   i keep the doses as far apart as possible, just when he gets over 101
Doctor :   YES thats the right approach
Doctor :   if its viral then its just supportive treatment
User :   good
Doctor :   but please do get the urine test and that will help us the pinpoint the cause
User :   ok thank you. do you think there is any possiblity of a staph connection?
Doctor :   and if needed antibiotics can be started
Doctor :   the test will tell us all
User :   ok
Doctor :   thats why i have advised for it
User :   unless you have any further recommendations, i think i have asked all my wuestions
Doctor :   no that would be all
User :   thank you doctor
Doctor :   stay calm and he will make a speedy recovery
Doctor :   your most welcome
User :   i will get him dressed to go now
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   good bye
User :   always calm, i work with kids
User :   lol
User :   goodbye
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