Is this Post Viral Fatigue?

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   Posted 3/6/2007 4:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I wondered if anyone can give me some answers on this.  Were at a total loss now and not sure if the doctor is just fobbing us off!
My mum is 82 years old. In December last year my mum became very poorly.  She had a terrible pain in her shoulder and neck... a feeling of doom, nausea, shortness of breath, cold sweats and dizziness.
She was taken into hospital and her blood pressure was 225... through the roof!!  and she had a slow heart rate.  The doctor checked her blood.  He thought that maybe one of her tablets she was taking..(and she takes alot for other ailments)  were now in need of a change.  Her blood came back fine.  So they xrayed her and told her they thought she had a viral infection.
Since then my mother has been so ill.  She has been to her doctor several times now and has been told there is nothing they can do because she has 'post viral fatigue'
but these symptons have been going on 14 weeks now.
Pain in shoulders and neck
Very red flushed face that comes and goes.
sometimes nausea
not sleeping
So tired but unable to sleep
feels like she cant put one foot in front of the other at times, limbs just dont seem to want to work.
whilst walking a short distance.. has to stop several times or even sit.
My sister and I are so very worried.  sometimes we feel like our mum is so fed up of this she is going to give up.  How much can a 82 years old lady take?
Our mum was such an active lady and now she feels so helpless.  These past few days she has lost her appitite.
sometimes she can go three days of feeling... not totally better but much much better and then she can go five feeling awful again.
Does this sound like post viral fatigue or are the doctors making excuses?
I have to admit.. I am worried that the doctors are putting it down to old age and it is a matter of time.  is it?
any advice or anyone with something that seems similar would help

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   Posted 3/6/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Nicky, I'm really sorry to hear about your mom. I do think you have a valid concern about doctors maybe not being as proactive in your mom's care because of her age.

It's so hard to know what might be going on with your mom. Do they know for sure she had a viral infection or are they just guessing? Do you know if they ran an ANA when they did bloodwork on your mom? An ANA isn't usually a standard lab, but it is done if an autoimmune disease is suspected. Some of your mom's symptoms are present in autoimmune diseases like lupus and I just wondered if doctors had considered this.

I know how frustrating it is to feel brushed off by doctors. Keep pushing for answers, especially if your mom isn't getting any better. Hang in there. Let us know if you have any other questions. Take care
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   Posted 3/9/2007 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello .. thankyou so much for your reply.  However I don't think it is Lupus.  Since your post I have spent some time reading up on it.  I have also looked up post viral fatigue and get post chronic fatigue/ME
All the symptons that my mum have seen to ME.  The doctors have never said that to her, oh and yes.. the virus thing in december last year they were guessing.
She feels like they dont belive her or that she is being lazy or exagerating.  Some days she wakes up feeling ok and has a really good day and then the next day she is rock bottom again.
Only yesterday I met her in our local shopping center and my poor mum looked like she was going to burst in to tears.  She had to keep stopping and she was so so dizzy.  The doctors say they cant do anything.
We feel so helpless.

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   Posted 3/16/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear about your mum. What have they done to check her heart? Even if you exclude the high blood pressure reading at the hospital, shoulder and neck pain, flushing, dizzyness and fatigue are common symptoms of heart problems. You say that she doesn't sleep at night and that she has to rest during activity or walking. Are these symptoms due to shortness of breath?

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