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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   My husband has been sick for about 10 days. He started out by feeling extremely tired. Then his entire body began to ache, and he couldn't move very easily. He soon had a fever of around 102, and added headaches and abdominal pain. Today, he developed a pretty bad case of hives. Been to the doctor twice, x-rays, blood tests, all came back normal...he's feeling horrible, could it be strep with no sore throat or would that show up in blood tests?
Doctor :   let me read it
Doctor :   it shows up in the blood tests usually
Doctor :   if it is streptococcal provided your doctor orders them
User :   There's been no sore throat,so I'm not sure he ordered them or not
User :   He also has had lots of lower back pain, I assumed kidneys, but all urine tests came back normal too
Doctor :   What did your doctor say? his opinion
User :   Well, he had a bad dog bit about 4 weeks ago, so they looked at rabies, but the dog was fine, so he just said it was probably a real answer, and it's not getting better, he feels good as long as he keeps ibuprofen in him, but it can't be good to have that much ibuprofen
Doctor :   Ok but seems to be an infective process more than the virus
User :   That's what I thought with the fever
Doctor :   Since you say that the blood counts were normal and the urine profile is in normal limits
Doctor :   Is he put on antibiotics? if so since how many days he is taking them
Doctor :   What is his age?
User :   No, the doctor wouldn't give him anything, he's 31
Doctor :   I guess this is the high time and he should be started on empirical antibiotics and send for culture
Doctor :   Have you followed up with the doctor again
User :   He's been twice, the last time was Friday. How can I convince my doctor he needs antibiotics??
Doctor :   SInce it is been 10 days since the fever
Doctor :   and what is the temp now?
User :   102.3
User :   Our doctor doesn't like to give antibiotics. The last time I had an infection they kept telling me I was perfectly fine (obviously I wasn't) and refused to give me antibiotics, I went 5 times in 3 weeks before they would give me anything...
Doctor :   Cant you seek the help of another doc?
User :   I would love to, but unfortunately our insurance is picky and there aren't many in the area that are covered
User :   So, you think it's an infection? I will call our doctor tomorrow and try to convince him that a fever this long requires antibiotics. If it is an infection, why wouldn't it show up in the blood? The doctor said his blood was "free of infections" (his words)
Doctor :   Thats is the speculation I have
Doctor :   too
Doctor :   How is the wound site
Doctor :   where the dog bit
User :   Seems to be healing nicely
User :   We cleaned it thoroughy daily
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   When were the blood counts and urine counts done
User :   Wednesday of last week
Doctor :   a repeat analysis is required then
User :   We'll request it. Thanks!
Doctor :   ok
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Doctor :   Please follow up with me what is going on with his treatment
Doctor :   and I can put my ideas too
User :   thank you
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