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I have dizziness of unknown origin, ANA of 1:160, and the drs have no clue yet! Any ideas or help?

It all started when I had to be rushed to the ER, come to find out my potassium had dropped too low so I spent a few days in the hospital hooked up to IVs and taking potassium pills. Ever since then I have had problems. I had an MRI and it was clean. They have taken so much blood, it seems to just be a process of elimination and it is not going fast enough for me. All I can do is sit at home, I'm not allowed to drive so I can't work. I am about to go stir crazy. The doctors don't seem to care what affect this is having on me, nor do they seem to be getting in any hurry to figure it out.

Have they told you what the ANA (antinuclear antibody) means? The levels you mention seem high and indicate an autoimmune disease. There are MANY autoimmune diseases, some could certainly make you feel dizzy!

"Subsets of the ANA (antinuclear antibody) test are sometimes used to determine the specific autoimmune disease."

Get back to the GP and ask about investigating the high ANA results.  (+ info)

Hit & miss rash, idiopathic??? of unknown origin ....location back (cervical & thoracic), neck plus other area?

Been to PCP, Dermatologist, ER and have had the following tx: oral steroid, topical steroid, permerithin, tea tree oil (last ditch effort) please help I am concerned I will impose this on my family and try not to hug anymore. I received the following conflicting dx: first possible scabies!!!!! I am a nurse & not sure this is true, no skin scraping at that time, neurodermatitis, contact dermatitis, excema. Anyone know what's up if so pleeeez help!
This whole ordeal started on Halloween a small cluster of itchy bumps on my right shoulder that scampered up to my neck laterally and finally hitting my jaw; driving me to see my PCP who statred the steroids, it cleared somewhat, I continued feeling itchy now and again, when the steroids were complete I exploded with the rash on Christmas Eve and itched like never before1 I went to the ER and was dx with possible scabies (they do not do skin scrapings or couldn't be bothered so never gave me solid dx) none the less I was perscribed Elimite which I used and did have a horrible, horrific, terribly dreadful experience once applying, I will keep that to myself. So as instructed I followed up with my PCP 4 days later who apologized for the dx the ER physician gave me and said I did not have scabies! PCP did take a skin scraping of which I still have zero results, explanantion from PCP the Holidays, however my husband was never treated, no rash yet one or two "bumps" but he so itchy,insomnia
I really, really need help and I am willing to listen to any insight anyone has. The last trip to my physician my husband was there and he seen how they treated my concerns related to my at that time resolved condition and he said he was NOT going to seek treatment because he didn't want them talking to him as if he were crazy! Nice 3rd person perception. I am so scared, I have children and they also are starting to itch but zero obvious rash! I am desperate!

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Anyone have experience with tooth pain of unknown origin?

I had severe pain in a tooth after having a crown put on and eventually a root canal which did not help the problem. A cold test showed the tooth next to it was the culprit but on the next visit to get another root canal in that tooth the cold test didn't work. Dentist says could be sinus or neuralgia. He said to wait to see if it gets better or worse. I've had this problem for almost two years now. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Thank you for your response but the last person I saw was an endodentist referred by my current dentist who is the third dentist I've been to. The endodentist evaluated the situation and narrowed the pain down to one tooth but when I went for the appointment for the root canal, the cold test on that tooth was negative. Thanks.

You need a fresh set of eyes to look at your problem and see if he can get to the bottom of it. My suggestion would be to see an endodontist. Good luck.  (+ info)

what is chikun kunia desease.what are the post fever side effects.what is the remedy for leg swelling and pain

this is the decease recently spreading in india.spreading due to mosquito bite.people will have fever for about one week and after the fever all are having severe bodypain especially in joints.origin may be from south africa.

Chikungunya is a virus spread by mosquitoes. It is not normally a serious health issue as it only lasts for 3-7 days. The best prevention is to keep the immune system healthy and taking proper precautions to avoid infection. There are several things one can do to prevent bites from mosquitoes and there are ways to relieve body aches and deydration that might come if infected.

The symptoms of chikungunya include fever which can reach 39°C, (102.2 °F) a petechial or maculopapular rash usually involving the limbs and trunk, and arthralgia or arthritis affecting multiple joints which can be debilitating. There can also be headache, conjunctival injection and slight photophobia.

The mosquito species that transmits the Chikungunya virus is the Aedes albopictus, commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito or forest mosquito. There being no vaccine or preventive drug for chikungunya at present, the best way to avoid the infection is to control the mosquito population in the region and prevent mosquito bites.

*MSM or Glucosamine are supplements that could help with body aches.

*If you have access to the herb Boneset herb also called comfrey, knitbone, Snake Root, and blackwort, it is a very good anti-inflamatory and excellent for body aches

*One study found that tannic acid from nutgall apparantly binds to Chikungunya and inhibits the virus. Sources of Tannic Acid: Nutgall, Tea, Nettle, Wood, Berries, Chinese galls. Oak wood is very rich in tannic acid. Oak leaves were also mentioned. Take an iron supplement if using foods with high amounts of tannic acid.

Effects of tannic acid and its related compounds upon Chikungunya virus

Tannic Acid In-Activates the Chikungunya virus

Plants with Phytochemicals

*Drinking 6-8 glasses of clean water every day will clear the elimination system and help prevent or eliminate the virus more efficiently if infected

*Drink green tea for relief

*Amp up on Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and try Golden Seal if infected

* I would also add one drop of wild oregano oil to a shot glass of carrot juice or some other strong juice if I was fully infected

*I would also drink unsweetened fruit juice or vegetable juice with
a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar with a dash of cayenne, turmeric, and cinamon to provide good flora and PH balance to speed up recovery.

*Eat a healthy diet with mostly raw vegetables and most fruits

To prevent mosquito bites:

There are many ways to cure and prevent chikungunya. It takes being conscious of what is causing the problem, eliminating risks, and watching one's diet and hygiene;

Last year, several members of the Iowa State University Department of Entomology presented the results of a study on common catnip. Among their conclusions was the fact that an essential oil in catnip is 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than potent chemicals such as DEET.

*Avoid bannanas, chocolates, yogurt as they attract mosquitoes

*Wear long pants and socks with closed shoes during mosquito season

* Vitamin B Complex will help prevent bites

* Bathe with unscented soap and shampoo to avoid attracting mosquitoes

* Avoid wheat products if the virus infection is coming on

*Use catnip, rosemary, and neem oil to spray on exposed areas of skin (I would add lavender for aroma improvement)
*Make a bath with the above essential oils

*Avoid going out of doors during the greatest risk times at dusk and dawn, or at least cover the legs, arms, and feet during the early moring and evening

*Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol

*Eliminate standing water in your area(put a few drops of neem oil or catnip oil in pools of water to prevent eggs from hatching)

*Eliminating table salt and adding sea salt to salt foods will mineralize the body and improve toxin elimination threrefore improvie the immune response  (+ info)

Why would my son have high white blood cell counts but unknown infection?

My son is 9 years old and has had a high white blood cell count 2 weeks in a row but they cannot find an infection. They did a blood culture last week that came back negative and they said he had a virus. He was getting better then he had a really high fever so i took him in again now they say the infection is in his stool because he has diarrhea. They havent even tested his stool yet. The one doctor said this has been to long for him to be sick. I don't know why they don't keep looking for the infection. So he can get better from what ever this is.

If he still has a high white blood count, then his body definitely is sensing that something is trying to invade or already has. Let them do whatever tests that they are going to do and then based on their findings, decide if they seem to know what they are doing (or not). Don't be afraid to leave and go elsewhere for a second opinion. But remember that even doctors are only capable of diagnosing based on what symptoms a patient has. If there aren't enough conclusive clues for them to follow, then they can only give it their best educated guess and go from there. Sometimes this takes a while. However, if you feel that they are bumbling around totally, go for another opinion. This is your child that you're talking about!  (+ info)

What is the longest a fever can last in children?

My 9 year old son has been running a fever for almost 4 days now. He's been on antibiotic for 3 full days but still has temperature unless I give him a fever reducer. They say that you shouldn't give a fever reducer unless the temperature reaches above 102 (he's been getting 101 and 102). I am getting more and more concerned that the antibiotic is not working and it may be something more serious. It's been 72 hours and to my experiece, antibiotics usually take effect after 42 hours, tops, where there is no fever. Does anyone know how long a fever can go on for and if I should be concerned and take him in for another visit?

Antibiotics can take up to 7 days to work. Don't be afraid to give him a fever reducer (over the counter kind), for goodness sake, the poor kids is suffering!
Yes take his back to the Doc. ASAP! Maybe get a second opinion.  (+ info)

How long does a fever typically last without use of antibiotics?

I have a fever. I'm pretty sure it is from my wisdom tooth being infected. I will be getting it removed in about three weeks (I'd do it sooner but I want to wait until I'm done with school so I can be at home and be relaxed)

If I don't take antibiotics, how long will it take for a fever to go away? I got a fever on Saturday and it's getting better, I think, but what is the average?

If you have an infection, you should take antibiotics. Otherwise the fever can be very dangerous.  (+ info)

What harm does spiking a fever over 100 do to a fetus at 30 weeks?

I am 30 weeks, yesterday had a fever of 101. I have already called my OB. The fever broke with the help of Tylenol. I was just wondering what potential problem could be caused with a fever that high to my baby.

Temperatures over around 102-103 can cause birth defects -but only in the first 12 weeks. After that heat is not teratogenic.

It does however tend to raise blood pressure, dehydration and cause other stress to both your body and the baby. But a healthy pregnancy at this point is unlikely to be effected  (+ info)

Taking antibiotics for fever - How much is considered to be an overdose?

My doctor prescribed antibiotics for fever. Blood or other tests were not performed, so this could have been viral fever. I am concerned about taking antibiotics, as the body(bacteria) may become immune to the antibiotic in the long run. Should I take antibiotics? How much is considered to be overdose and may develop immunity in the body?

Your doctor is trained to know the difference between a virus and a bacterial infection. Testing is costly and often not necessary. ABSOLUTELY finish your meds! One of the MAIN REASONS we have created the "super-bugs" you are worried about is that people don't finish their antibiotics. If you are following directions, there should be no overdose. As far as immunity to the drug, I wouldn't worry about it. Take your meds and feel better soon. And if you don't trust your doctor, maybe you should find a new one.  (+ info)

How do you break a fever on an infant?

My 13 month old got a fever last night and he is burning up. His temperature is 101 degrees, but our doctor just said thats normal for a fever but if it gets any higher call him. My poor baby just seems so hot and uncomfortable, he just lays on my chest all day. Any suggestions on how to comfort him and break this fever. I've been giving him tylenol and try to give him bottles of water but he just wants to be breastfed.

As your Doctor has informed you, 101ºF is NOT an alarmingly high temperature for an infant. If you think that he's "burning up" at 101ºF, either you have never had a child at 103º+ or you need to recheck that you are taking his temperature properly.

Breastfeeding is good for him with it's antibodies, as long as you don't mind the frequency of it (increase YOUR fluid intake, too)!

Give him a bath in tepid water (lukewarm) to help lower his body temperature. Use cool compresses at other times.

Little to no clothing -- an all-cotton onesie at most.

You could see if you can get him to drink PediaLyte or maybe he'll lick or suck on a PediaLyte freezer pop if you hold it and monitor him carefully so he doesn't bite off a big chunk -- or mash it up so it's like a smoothie and spoon feed it to him.

What appears to be causing the temperature? Is he stuffy? Could he be teething? Does he react as if he has any tenderness on any part of his body when you hold him or change his diaper?  (+ info)

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