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Smikey2006
Sep 11 2009, 08:20 PM
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Im not sure if their are any doctors or nurses on GMC but its worth a shot. The past week ive been dry coughing from my throat to the point that ive barely been able to sleep. Im light headed my vision is fuzzy i can hardly walk to my kitchen. On top of this i have a fever which is on and off. sometimes ill be a reasonable temperature 2 minutes later ill be sweating buckets. I called a nursing hotline who said bedrest and fluids so i haven't left bed for the past 2 days. Then when i did leave bed i ended up passing out in my bathroom so i went to the hospital who also said i was fine. This cough is immune to cough syrups and neocitran so it would seem. The only way i was able to sleep was to actually put a cough drop in my mouth and sleep on my stomach. Anyone experienced anything similar to this? The most inconvient symptom is the light headidness and lack of energy. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! If not ill just continue to lay in bed and drink water until it goes away.

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Sep 11 2009, 08:21 PM
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No tips, but get better soon man!

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Sep 11 2009, 08:24 PM
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I don't know who you saw at the hospital, but it does not sound like anyone gave you a diagnosis of what you have troubling you. Meaning you had better get one, see a doctor and get a name for whatever it is.

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Sep 11 2009, 08:30 PM
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I have no clue, sounds serious.
If I were you I'd get to the emergency and don't leave before you get help.

EDIT: Btw, passing out is always taken serious by doctors. You have to mention that, they have to give you a full checkup. If a doctor miss that it's fail on his/her side.

EDIT2: Coca cola is good, I got doctors orders to drink that when I had a stomach flu once. It appearantly contains a lot of things that works for your bony when you're ill.

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Sep 11 2009, 08:33 PM
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I had something similar last winter. One Friday evening when I was sitting in the bus, I realized that I was extraordinairy exhausted. The next day, I barely got up from bed (it took about 30 minutes...). My lips were dry and I had no power to take the bottle which was next to me. Eventually, I focused all my energy and stood up (I saw that it was only 7 o'clock!). I went down to my mum who was still sleeping. When I wanted to get some medecine, I lost all my power and my head started hurting even more. I lay down on the couch and waited for my mother to get up... The rest of the day, I was on the couch. The next day as well.

So, my tip: stay in bed/couch and watch TV. smile.gif Drink some warm tea and wear really warm clothes. You have to sweat! Sleep a lot, too.

Get well soon!

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Sep 11 2009, 08:38 PM
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Go see another doctor man! This sounds very serious and don't let anyone tell you you are fine because your not. Cough, blur vision, fever. This isn't normal or fine. Demand an answer from them.

Hope you get better soon.

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Sep 11 2009, 09:43 PM
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SWINE FLU

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QUOTE (Duncan @ Sep 11 2009, 04:43 PM) *
SWINE FLU



My first thought! Go SEE A DOCTOR Man, seriously!

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Sep 12 2009, 12:44 AM
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Go see a doctor again.

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Ivan Milenkovic
Sep 12 2009, 02:39 AM
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Doesn't have to be swine flu, or any flu, but if you almost passed out, you are either very exausted, and just cannot take anymore, or you got some form of illness that they missed to diagnose first time around. Either way, rest, don't work anything, eat veggies, non greasy stuff, non-spiced, non-sweet, in one word - neutral and non greasy food.
measure the body temperature and with that information go to see a doctor.

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Sep 12 2009, 02:46 AM
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QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Sep 11 2009, 02:38 PM) *
Go see another doctor man! This sounds very serious and don't let anyone tell you you are fine because your not. Cough, blur vision, fever. This isn't normal or fine. Demand an answer from them.

Hope you get better soon.


I don't think he can go see another doctor unless he has a small fortune. My understanding is that is the way it works in Canada. Let us know how you make out Smikey, you know, when you feel better.
Health care by phone?
Take care Smikey and get well soon. If it gets worse do whatever you have to, to get help.

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Sep 12 2009, 04:40 AM
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Your symptoms sound like a flu variant or some other virus. There's no cure for that but most of them can be beaten by a healthy immune system. Some things of note:

1. no caffeine! What are you guys thinking???
2. water: yes, water with electrolytes: even better.
3. ivan's food advices are good, simple foods (a little salt is okay, chicken soup is great) and a little roughage for fiber
4. vitamin C
5. vitamin D
6. rest


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Sep 12 2009, 10:29 AM
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Well not yet a doctor, but I am a medical student and sometimes working as a "nurse"..

Sounds like a virus to me, I've had something similar over the summer. I guess you have really swollen and sore lymph nodes?
The dizzyness can be caused by your fever -> dehydration; so drink plenty of water (orange juice is nice). Also the tiredness is normal due to your bodys immune system working its ass off - Get your vitamins and lots of protein to help it with its job.
What exactly did they do at the hospital? It would ofc require an examination to see if it's viral or bacterial.. Are you experiencing a sore, burning, red throat (If just red and sore it would suggest viral infection. If theres also coverings it could be bacterial. But you can't really look at this yourself)? Well if you are, drink some hot tea with honey to ease it and keep your neck warm.

But most importantly, if the symptoms gets worse or if you've been having the symptoms for over a week with no positive changes -> Go see a doctor.


EDIT: Oh and by the way, don't wear too much clothing in bed, just enough to keep you comfortable but still avoid getting cold! It's true that fever is a natural response to illness (the enzymes in your body works faster at slightly elevated temperatures), but it's really something you can do without since it's not that effective after all. My point being don't be too cold/warm, stay comfortable - The whole "sweat it out"-thing is more of a myth. So take some paracetamol for the aching body (they also reduce the fever a little).

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Sep 12 2009, 01:50 PM
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Hey guys, thanks for the replies. The Doctors said i seemed fine because my throat did not suggest a viral infection and I had an EDF(or something, they put little black things on my arms and chest hooked up to some machine) and they said that looked fine as well. Ive called a nursing hotline who have told me to just keep drinking fluids and it seems to be working. my cough is getting better and i was actually able to go for a short walk around the block today. But my vision is still not normal, coughing is still an issue when i try and sleep and i still have this on and off fever which makes it hard to stay comfortable. But i do think im getting better. Im going to go to another clinic today to get another opinion. But thanks alot for hints.

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Sep 12 2009, 02:08 PM
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Aah, that´s good to hear! I´m glad that you´re getting better. smile.gif

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Good news man, just keep resting. I often tried to do normal activities during the day as soon as I felt signs of getting better, but this is also the time when you have to be extra careful, cause my state tend to got even worse. Just keep it easy, and let it pass completely. The organism is still in the state of defense.

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Great to hear man! Lots of rest, hot fluids and keep some nutrition up! biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (jafomatic @ Sep 12 2009, 05:40 AM) *
1. no caffeine! What are you guys thinking???

If you're refering to Coca Cola I got that from a doctor whom's advice I'd trust over someone who's not.
Appearantly, when you're drying out from stomach flu, Coca Cola contains salts and minerals that are fundamental to the body so rather than draining your body from fluid and minerals in this case the good overshadows the bad.

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Salts and electrolytes are available without caffeine. Caffeine is not the right idea when you're low on fluids. If you must have a carbonated beverage to settle the stomach, stir some of the carbonation out of a ginger ale.

Further: I was quoting an actual doctor that I now trust more than your coca cola representative. You know what they call the guy who scored LAST in his class at medical school? They call him "Doctor" as well.

You shouldn't drink caffeine when you're dehydrated and sick, especially if the only reason is "salts and electrolytes."

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biggrin.gif got it avoiding caffine. No coffee for me.. just orange juice, water and green tea! smile.gif

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