Right, I have been ill 19 times in the last 6 months. I feel that is slightly excessive!!
My symptoms are always the same and they come on mid-afternoon:
My hands, knees and feet begin to ache (that kind of ache you get when you have flu).
An annoying cough develops.
I begin to feel cold, this quickly develops into full-on freezing cold, shaking so much my teeth chatter (at which point I retire to bed with jimjams, dressing gown and two duvets over me). 37 degrees on the thermometer.
We then progress to a temperature of 40 degrees in around two hours' time and everything has to be thrown off the bed to try to get cool.
Lastly cough develops fully into a hacking cough and I fall asleep.
The next day, although I am exhausted from the previous night's efforts, I'm generally ok.
These episodes also follow a pattern of 13/19 being between Tuesday and Thursday (9 on a Wednesday), never on a Friday or a Sunday.
I have been to the doctors, had a raft of blood tests, a few x-rays and examinations. My gp has called it MI - not as bad as it sounds, merely 'Mystery Illness' as she admits she has absolutely no idea what is wrong with me.
In 2010 I had breast cancer and it does play on my mind that it might be back in some different form and my recent experience with my local surgery has not exactly put my mind at ease - see blog post.
Some people have suggested it just sounds like menopausal symptoms: I went into medical menopause as a result of the chemotherapy and had the usual symptoms for about five years - this feels totally different.
Someone suggested my immune system may be compromised - this kind of makes sense because the last blood test showed that my white blood count was high - which implies my body is fighting something.
Could it be stress: stress may take a toll on your immune system. Studies show that higher stress levels are associated with increased susceptibility to infection.
Dr Google thinks it could be one of these:-
Tumor fever - People who have cancer will often have a fever as a symptom.
Walking pneumonia - A person with walking pneumonia might have these symptoms:
fever (usually a temperature above 101°F/38.5°C)
very fast breathing (a person might use the belly or neck muscles to help him or her breathe)
chest or abdominal pain
loss of appetite
vomiting and dehydration
hmm no vomiting and certainly no loss of appetite - but most other things!!
Lastly there is Fever of Unknown Origin (FUO), this refers to a condition in which the patient has an elevated temperature (fever) but despite investigations by a physician no explanation has been found - sounds promising?
I'm cancelling clients, missing out on bell-ringing (Tuesdays and Wednesdays - no connection I am sure) and generally feeling pretty crap most of the time so I would be more than interested to hear from anyone who has either similar symptoms or knows of someone who has, as they be able to suggest something I can do to get over this.
In the meantime, back to Dr Google to see what else he can suggest!!