Sick for three months - pericarditis? Infectious disease?
Hi – I’m a young 20-something female that was relatively healthy until the beginning of 2012 (running 6-10 miles a week!). In late December 2011, I had a strange rash on my leg following seeing a small bug (not a tick) and mice in the room/on the bed. I moved out. I got really sick and had a few things going on including fever, extreme night sweats, extreme fatigue and weakness, excessive sleeping, and non productive cough.
After the infection didn’t clean up, I went to my country bumpkin GP. Was on a set of antibiotics and was tested for TB (due to extensive travels abroad), mono, pneumonia, and thyroid. Everything came back fine. The meds were up then I started having sharp pains in my chest from walking down a flight of stairs and my initial symptoms started getting worse.
This resulted in the diagnosis of viral pericarditis (at the ER and by the ID doc), steroids, another round of antibiotics, an EKG, an Echo, some other crazy blood tests, HIV test, parasite tests and a few other things I can’t recall. That was early Feb. Throughout that I also developed a swollen knee and incredibly painful back and neck issues. Anti-inflammatory food did the trick – I hated the steroids.
It’s the end of march and i still am running a low-grade fever and fatigued by 3:00 to 4:00 everyday. I started running again (very very slowly) b/c it makes me feel better (perhaps in control of an out-of-control situation) AND really helps with my inability to sleep (i think its boredom from a quiet life). I’m worried that its more than the diagnosis of viral pericarditis since I still have the cough, low-grade fever, lite night sweats, and fatigue.
Please note that a year ago I stayed with a friend in Bangladesh who had an extremely bad cough (TB?). Also that I was really sick in Rwanda and developed strange bumps on my arms, anemia, and extreme fatigue following swimming in a lake (bad idea?)
So many threads, eh? Suggestions anyone?