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Could I have malaria if I have stomach pain?

I m a 12 year old female, and when I went to sleep I suddenly woke up due to severe stomach pain . I then started to feel pain in my legs. The next day I went to school and the morning everything was fine. I was very cold and shivering in the class when it was +24 degres outside. That night I was shivering so much and I was sweating as well. I shivered so much I had cramps. I had constantly increasing fever, severe headaches, a bit of a blurry vision , and I woke up at 3AM. I was very dizzy, and my legs were very week, I had to hold on to something to not fall. I then felt a need to vomit , but I drank something cold and everything was fine. I always have feelings to urinate. I also experienced joint and back pain. I also cough alot. We went to Mexico recently, could I have Malaria?
Asked On : Wed, 28 Mar 2012
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Hi Ana,

Your guess is right. There are high chances of this being Malaria. Get a blood peripheral smear done for malarial parasites. You can also start on empirical treatment for malaria. Get them prescribed by your doctor.

Else it can be one of the viral fevers too. You need to get a complete blood routine done. Take adequate bed rest, drink plenty of fluids.

We need to rule out Typhoid too, so get a widal test done too.

Hope this helps.

Answered: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
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