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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   shivering and headaches
Doctor :   hello
User :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr XXX here\
Doctor :   tell me your query please
User :   Ive been suffering from really bad shivering and headaches
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   its happened 3 times this year i will be at work and i will start to get slight headaches wich will get worse over a period of about 3 hours
Doctor :   any accompanying fever ?
User :   by the time i get home i have to go straight to bed i still have thew headaches but by this time im freezing cold shivvering in bged
User :   im 36 male
User :   i usually end up being sick 3 or 4 times throught the night
Doctor :   fever ?
User :   then all goes ok apart from feeling rough for 3 or 4 days
Doctor :   do you have any fever ?
User :   yes i go very hot
User :   but feel freezing cold
Doctor :   have you been taking any medications ?
User :   no nothing new
User :   i take medication but its been the same for years
Doctor :   any history of cough ?
Doctor :   did you get your self tested ?
User :   i have had a cough on and off now for a few years
Doctor :   any tests ?
User :   no
Doctor :   did you see any physician ?
Doctor :   ok from what you have told me from the history there could many possibilities but the two main common ones with same symptoms are malaria and pneumonia
User :   saw the local gp and she said it was probably a virus but its happened 3 times this year starts the same way and ends the same way
Doctor :   yeah virus wont come in a cyclic pattern
Doctor :   as you have mentioned
Doctor :   ok now first let me tell you how you can control your chills
User :   ok
Doctor :   nstead of your regular hot tea or coffee, have a glass of hot water mixed with honey and lemon. Put a teaspoon of honey, lemon juice and a little grated ginger in a glass and add hot water. Stir and drink.
User :   ok
Doctor :   if you feel very hot all over your body
Doctor :   then
Doctor :   cold pack may be applied to the whole body. The procedure is to wring out a sheet or any other large, square piece of linen material in cold water. It should be wrapped twice right round the body from face downwards. The body should then be covered completely with a thin blanket or similar warm material. This pack should be applied every three hours during the day while the temperature is high, and kept on for an hour or so each time.
User :   ok
Doctor :   The juice of grapefruit is a valuable diet in all fevers. It quenches thirst and removes the burning sensation produced by the fever. Half a glass of grapefruit juice should be taken with an equal quantity of water.
Doctor :   but you DO please need blood work up done
Doctor :   we do want to rule out the conditions i have told you
User :   what as in blood tests
Doctor :   C.B.C its called complete blood count
Doctor :   it will give us a clear picture if there is a underlying infection
User :   would not of thought it to be malaria as i have not been out of the XXX
Doctor :   Drink lots of water to compensate for the loss of body fluid. This will also help to reduce the body temperature. To immediately reduce high body temperature
Doctor :   well it can be
Doctor :   Prefer liquid food over solid food. Eat foods that are easily digestible. Eat boiled or steamed vegetables, vegetable soup, honey and yogurt. Eat fresh fruits and drink fresh fruit juices
Doctor :   Take complete rest. Take cool baths
Doctor :   you can take over the counter medications like tylenol to keep the fever down
User :   ok
User :   like i said it only lasts a day or so then its gone
Doctor :   get an appointment and get the tests done
User :   but its happened 3 times
Doctor :   usually you will be treated with course of antibiotics
User :   ok i will get tests done
Doctor :   see the tests will give us a pin point situation to treat your accordingly
Doctor :   till then follow the things i have told you
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care and also do ask for a urine test too
User :   urine test?
Doctor :   yes a simple urine test to rule out infections in your lower body
User :   ok will request one thankyou
Doctor :   the point is the make sure we find the cause and treat in accordingly
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   bye
User :   by the way i get a really sore throat aswell
User :   but thats goes in a couple of days too
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   let me tel you few things
Doctor :   to help you
User :   ok
Doctor :   Add lemon juice and some honey, to a glass of hot water. Drink this. It will give immediate relief from sore throat
Doctor :   Cut a lemon into 2 pieces. Take one piece and put some salt and black pepper on it, press with a knife so that salt-pepper penetrates into the lime. Put the lemon on heat to make it warm. Slowly lick this lemon squeezing it until no juice remains. Do it 2-3 times a day.
Doctor :   Chew some garlic pieces. It is an effective sore throat treatment.
Doctor :   ad the MOST important ...Gargle with warm salt water.
Doctor :   i do believe you have a infection and once the tests are done with antibiotics you will be fine
User :   will try all of those thanks
User :   and hopefully i will
Doctor :   you will get relief
Doctor :   dont worry \
Doctor :   do you smoke ?
Doctor :   do you smoke ?
Doctor :   also i would recommend you to change your toothbrush
User :   well sort of ive not smoked for nearly three years but i suffer from uc and the meds at the beginning of the yaer were not working so i read on a forum where uc sufferers were saying that nicotine has helped them, so i thought rather than start smoking again i would try an ecig and it helped massively better than any steroid or tablet has helped in 13 years but apart from that no
Doctor :   ok you better stop smoking
Doctor :   as it has ZERO benefits in any condition
User :   it is an electronic cigarette
Doctor :   ok
User :   minus the 4000 chemicals in a real one
Doctor :   well its still harmful
Doctor :   anyway you gets the tests first
Doctor :   thats the most important thing now
User :   may be harmful but so are steroids
User :   the ecig works for uc better than steds
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