Possible Causes: 6 Mo. Lowgrade Fever, Joint Pain, Exhaustion, Low White Cell Count

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Asked by glassrainbow

Possible Causes: 6 Mo. Lowgrade Fever, Joint Pain, Exhaustion, Low White Cell Count

Have osteo arthritis and fibromyalgia... many years. However, this is much more severe and came on 6 months ago. Fever is low-grade (99.1 to 100.3 or so) daily, with chills and aching muscles and extreme exhaustion. My joints, especially in my hands are very painful and swollen so much that my knuckles are hidden, like a boxing glove. Tested positive for Lyme's and was treated with Doxycycline for 21 days, though the doctor questioned if it was really Lyme's. Seemed to help slightly, but never got feeling very good. Within a week of stopping the medicine, everything came back and is getting worse again. Retest of the Lyme's showed still positive in one area. Referred to an infectious disease specialist who also wonders if it's Lyme's. He has taken blood samples and put me back on Doxycycline stronger (100mg) and for 30 days. See him again in 2 weeks for test results, etc. Meanwhile.... I'm so miserable every single day that I can barely function. In constant pain, still have fever and chills (started new meds a week ago)... no improvement.

What else could this be besides Lyme's? Help!

Marla

Answer

Marla,

I am sorry you are having such a difficult time!

I'm not a doctor and I can't tell you what you have, but I can point out information that might help you ask your doctor more questions to get the bottom of your condition.

Have you been tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immunse system attacks the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include:

Swelling and pain in the joints that occurs for at least 6 weeks. The inflamed joints are usually swollen and often feel warm and "boggy" when touched. The pain often occurs on both sides of the body, but it might be worse on one side.

Fluid may accumulate, particularly in the ankles. In rare cases, the joint sac behind the knee accumulates fluid and forms what is known as a Baker cyst. This cyst feels like a tumor and sometimes extends down the back of the calf causing pain.

Fatigue, weight loss, and fever may accompany early rheumatoid arthritis. Some people describe it feeling like a bad flu, except it doesn't go away.

It can be tough to diagnose rheumatoif arthritis. Click the blue letters to read about tests for rheumatoid arthritis and things your doctor may look out for.

Talk to your doctor about other causes of your symptoms and as about the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis. Work with your doctor to find the best way to make you feel better!

Answered by JB