At what point do U go to the MD--again.....

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BigLucy
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   Posted 11/4/2007 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Not been on the forums for awhile been tired literally and figuratively. Having a really bad pain day today, maybe just need to vent. I have IBS/Ulcerative colitis and last year after a 2 week hosp. from a major UC flare, I started to get Chronic fatigue/Fibro type sensitivity--muscle/joint/body/head pain. I've had this low-grade fever for approx. three weeks now and this neck/back (to my shoulder blades) pain chronically for seven days. This weird anxiety is setting in, almost like paranoia--maybe I got something bad this time, like the pain in my back is cancer. My paranoia is actually based in reality, over ten years ago I suffered for approx. one and a half years with UC symptoms and my primary MD told me I had hemmhoids and needed to eat more fiber, even had roid surgery, before a fourth MD figured it out!--long story. Anyway, on all the UC/IBS meds, on an anti-depressant, vitamins, the works actually, and Oxy SR w/percocet for breakthrough pain (have to admit that I don't take the percocet as much as I could b/c I don't want my tolerance up and I work, but I'm really not worried about the pain meds, not my current point). I guess my point is that I want to call my MD (new primary, not the one who originally misdiagnosed me) tomarrow and tell him I just don't feel well (just started to tear up when I wrote those last five words), but I don't know what he can do for me? Listen? Is there really anything else to be done? Just saw him one month ago had full exam, although now that I think about it, had a slight fever then and a slightly swollen lymph node in my neck, which he wasn't too worried about. I also don't want to be labled as a complainer, which is lame of anyone to think about, but it's the reality with us chronic illness/pain patients. Well, that's it, simple right? Thanks for reading.

razzle51
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   Posted 11/5/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
 I agree with Gramps get to the Dr. or ER . mY Neurosurgeon always told me if I have a new symptom for 5-7days get to the Dr. it could be something totally different . And with your fever , that tells me something is going on. Keep us posted .

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Chutz
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   Posted 11/5/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
If you don't feel well, or as the doc would expect you to feel...always go in! I go every 4 weeks and am happy to do so. That way no only do I get my meds, I can chat with doc about how they are working. A couple of times I went in after only 2 weeks because I had such bad pain. He gave me injections in those areas that helped get me past it.

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straydog
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   Posted 11/6/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, please get to the dr or ER. Do not let this go unattended any longer. Low grade fever is a sign something is up. Lucy, I have crohns disease, then last June dx'd with UC. I had been having a low grade fever that I just kept watching & ended up in the hospital. With a history of UC don't ignore it. Please let us know what you find out. Susie


BigLucy
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   Posted 11/7/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all for the concern and advice.  It's confession time: when I posted, I was really in a bad place, went to bed, thankfully slept for a long time and woke up feeling better than the day before.  Sooo, I thought I'd give it some time, maybe this will just slowly go away--now, this isn't like me, I do not take chances, but, I don't know, just a little fatigued with the whole chronic illness/patient routine (I know, I know, chin up.....but, ten years!!!)  Anyway, yesterday not a good day, but still not that bad and today, well, not good.  Called MD and have an appointment early a.m.  Along with all the UC meds and pain meds, I have been taking Prozac, but seriously thinking about switching to Cymbalta--maybe it will help some with the chronic pain?  Any thoughts on Cymbalta?  I'll take a look at the site and see what's been written before.
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