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Nausea, fever and pains during the ovulation period. Is this due to anemia?

I have been having some odd symptoms every month around the time of my ovulation . For about two weeks every month before my period I feel like I have the flu . my symptoms include nausea , fever, aches and pains, head aches, and fatigue . This began happening about 6 months ago. The first time I ran a high fever for two days before getting any other symptoms but chalked it up to a normal sickness. Now that it has been happening every month I have noticed that it always happens for two weeks before my period. My mom says it could just be my anemia . Is this true? Are my symptoms normal or should I worry?
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
The symptoms of aches, pain, headaches and fatigue are suggestive of anemia.
Anemia is common in menstruating females.
Hemoglobin levels, a complete hemogram and peripheral blood smear examination needs to be done.
In case the anemia is present (due to low hemoglobin level), treatment for the anemia should be taken.
Most common cause of anemia in menstruating females is iron deficiency anemia.
Besides anemia symptoms of cramping pain, low back ache, bloating, water retention, breast tenderness can also occur before menstruation.
These symptoms are called pre-menstrual symptoms.
Analgesics / pain killers and NSAIDs (e.g. mefenemic acid) can be used for pre-menstrual symptoms.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Sun, 1 Sep 2013
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