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   Posted 4/18/2016 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, here is the deal.

about eight weeks ago I was diagnosed with Bronchitis, terrible, 103-104 fever, chills etc. I THOUGHT it was pneumonia, which I had before, but the doctor said that even if it was the antibiotic they gave me cures that also. Then, six weeks ago I was diagnosed with strep throat, sore throat was not very bad at all, but had pain swallowing, chills etc.

Here is where the tough part comes in. I am allergic to some antibiotics such as penicillin etc. I am pretty sure they gave me amoxicillin to cure the strep throat, however, the doctor warned that rarely it can not always cure it. I didn't feel much better a few days later, went back, to a different doctor but at the same place, and they said that the doctor I saw was WRONG and that it will always cure it, they ran a mono test which went negative. STILL, I had chills, and was much more tired than usual, went back to the other doctor that ran a strep test again, which went negative. He told me the only thing I could get blood work for was thyroid, and did NOT think I had lyme because he said there was no such thing as "low lying lyme". Anyways, tried to let it go because I was NOT gaining weight and did not have a couple other symptoms. However, it just kept getting worse, and I was getting very annoyed and stressed out, so I went for the thyroid test... and you guessed it, it went NEGATIVE. HOWEVER, the one thing that did come back were slightly elevated LIVER ENZYMES. At this point I tried to give up on the idea, I really thought my MAJOR and I mean MAJOR anxiety that interferes with me everyday was causing it, after all, it gives me a headache a lot and you can sometimes get flu-like symptoms when you have bad anxiety. The chills went on, I got more and more tired, had ear pain on and off and a headache on and off. So I thought, my dog has been picking up lots of ticks and sometimes he sleeps on my bed so I thought, I should go for a lyme test. Now, of course we now have sprayed our yard but around 6-8 weeks ago when I started feeling sick he was getting ticks and that was when we got him (he was a new dog). So... lyme came back negative, and they are rerunning it for mono. I am tired of feeling tired, cold, having ear pain and just feeling icky, I have no fever by the way... can somebody please help and tell me if this is my anxiety or not. Please do not underestimate my sickness, because I honestly feel like I have a fever, but I don't. Thank you all. I wonder if the elevated liver enzymes showed hepatitis

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   Posted 4/20/2016 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Sounds like you have been sick a while. And can't put your finger on what's going on.

I think I would be like you, searching for a cause.

I see you have posted in several Healing Well forums so you can look at this from several perspectives.

If you think this is a digestion issue or specifically a liver problem, you'd need to see a specialist--gastroenterologist or hepatologist. Do you need a referral to that type of service, or can you make an appointment on your own?

The blood work generally gives a good idea to what is going on. You said someone did your liver function tests and they were elevated, but not really high. When are they repeating those? Did they rule out the viral causes of liver disease: A, B, and C? One can have those a while and just harbor a low grade infection while your body tries to get rid of it through your own immune system.

If your liver functions are not VERY high, you likely don't have Auto Immune Hepatitis, where your own body atttacks its liver. The lft's go through the roof with that one.

Some folks take a lot of tylenol (acetaminophen) when they feel ill...some take several cold/flu preparations that double up on dosages of the acetaminophen and that can cause liver issues. You can actually kill yourself with tylenol! Who knew?

And you mention that anxiety is a problem for you. Are you under the care of a physician who looks after that? I have problems in that area myself, recently quite badly...when I found out I had a serious medical condition I began to have panic attacks, mostly at night or if I woke up startled even in the daytime. I take a med now that keeps me calmer and that's a miracle. I feel like a new person. When awake I am very logical about my situation....but when I was asleep, my fears took over. Now that does not happen.

If you find you are a liver patient, come back to see us. We have collectively been through a lot. My partner is the liver patient in our family...Hep C, Alcoholic Cirrhosis, and Liver Cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). He is doing well now, post liver transplant, 6 years of sobriety, and treatment for Hep C.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

Mama Lama
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.
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