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Jenflea

Chronic fatigue or Glandular fever? 

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The Little Engine

I was initially told it was likely to be some sort of 'post viral fatigue' since it started after the pneumonia.  

I asked about Glandular Fever specifically at the last Dr's appointment - I was told that the blood tests could accurately pick it up during the 'acute' phase - but now it would only show up 'that I have had it some time' (I had it as a child a couple of times) and there is no way to know if it was 2 weeks or 20 years ago

 

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daybreaker

Could you get tested for Covid antibodies?

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Ruby red shoes

Have you been swimming in a river, lake or beach? Have you been tested for parasites? Giardia?

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nasty buddha

Is your doctor worried you are still getting temps in mid 38's

 

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~Bob~

Maybe it’s time for a referral to a respiratory specialist? I had pneumonia at the start of the pandemic. I freaked out at the time that it was covid but I was negative. I’m still not recovered. I don’t get fevers, but I’m not breathing like I used to, I’m still weak and I’m experiencing episodes of tachycardia. Don’t underestimate how brutal pneumonia can be. TBH my symptoms are similar to what the covid long haulers are describing. A friend also had it and 6 months later she wasn’t fully recovered. She was seeing a respiratory specialist and that was helping. 

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Pearson

My DH had pneumonia, it took him at least 12 months to recover peoperly with the breathing, and he still gets terrible chest pain when he has a cold. The temps I can't help you with. 

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WaitForMe

I still think you should go to Emergency. I know it can feel embarrassing if it turns out to be nothing, and lots of people don't like to waste their time, but its clearly too complex for a GP. Who knows how long it will take for a GP to have you slowly tick off the specialists not to mention their waiting lists. Go to the ER. Take a good book and some snacks. It will be fine.

 

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Brownbear

I don’t think going to the ED is a good idea. They will see that you are not that unwell, maybe do some initial investigations and then handball you back to the GP or put you on a list for their general outpatients.

I am a GP and am well and truly fed up with all the comments I see on multiple threads about how we are unable to manage this/that/the other. Most people would be astounded at the breadth and depth of issues we manage in a single day.

We are generalists and are not restricted to 1 body system like specialists are. We look at the whole person and take ownership of their health. We have 15 minutes with a patient so - surprise! - can’t fix everything in 1 consult. When symptoms do not resolve you have to go back to the GP to take the next step, whatever that may be. 

ED doctors are mostly juniors (ie doctors before they do training to become GPs or other specialists). I was an ED doctor in my 1st few years out of uni and I can tell you the knowledge and skills I had then was minimal compared to now, as a GP.

OP, I agree that your symptoms are not typical. There are many things it could be and not all infectious. Please don’t let non medical people on the internet diagnose you. Please go back to your GP and let them know. 

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Jenflea

Our hospital had to close the ED the other day because of higher than average demand. Most things should have been taken care of by a GP or a walk in clinic. 

The ED is for emergencies. 

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Behind Hazel Eyes
On 18/11/2020 at 7:29 PM, Jenflea said:

Chronic fatigue or Glandular fever? 

I was going to suggest chronic fatigue.  It can be triggered by Glandular fever or other infections, though in the first two years post infection it's not easy to say if you're dealing with chronic fatigue which is chronic or post viral fatigue which can last up to 2  years but you eventually recover from.  

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