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What causes extreme temperatures, nausea and dry cough post cervical spine surgery?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: cervical spine surgery 6 wks ago. last three days, alternate cold (shivering) and hot (full body sweat) every half hour. slightly elevated temp. nauseated, dry cough at night, have tapered off pain meds.
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
As per your history there can be infection around surgical site.

Detailed Answer:
Hello

I have read your query,

As per your history there can be infection around surgical site.

Another possibility of lower respiratory tract infection.
You need further investigation for possibility of throat/lung infection.

You may need to consult your treating doctor for clinical examination and further investigation.
You may need blood investigation like CBC, ESR and PCR all non invasive.

Improve your immunity by healthy diet exercies, yoga, herbs.

For early recovery drink plenty of water, eat easily digestible food, improve immunity, and take fruit juices and soups.
Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.


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What causes extreme temperatures, nausea and dry cough post cervical spine surgery?

Brief Answer: As per your history there can be infection around surgical site. Detailed Answer: Hello I have read your query, As per your history there can be infection around surgical site. Another possibility of lower respiratory tract infection. You need further investigation for possibility of throat/lung infection. You may need to consult your treating doctor for clinical examination and further investigation. You may need blood investigation like CBC, ESR and PCR all non invasive. Improve your immunity by healthy diet exercies, yoga, herbs. For early recovery drink plenty of water, eat easily digestible food, improve immunity, and take fruit juices and soups. Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries. Wishing you good health. Take care.