Suggest treatment for low grade fever and lack of appetite

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Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 in Headache and Migraines
Question: I have been ill for about a week. No appetite, low grade fever that comes and goes (100.4). Muscle and joint pain and a very persistent headache that has somewhat of a pulsing effect. Scalp is very sensitive to touch. Everything is subsiding except for the headache. What could I have and what could i do to get better. Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka 35 minutes later
Brief Answer:
More likely a viral infection, should improve gradually.

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

Judging from the evolution in time of symptoms, relationship of headache with fever, muscle and joint aches, I would say that it seems to be a simple viral infection.
The description of the headache doesn't indicate anything more serious, in the absence of other neurological signs (behavior changes, seizures, neck rigidity etc) there is no indication of any brain lesion such as infections, tumor, stroke etc. Headache with those characteristics is fairly common with viral infections.

So for the moment since you say the other symptoms are subsiding I wouldn't do much, simply over the counter pain killers (like dvil or Aleve you mentioned), vitamin C and stay well hydrated. Only if other symptoms appear or fever and headache persist beyond the second week would I see a doctor to make sure there aren't other signs you might have missed and to have some routine tests.

I remain at you disposal for other questions.
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