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Could this be cancer? how do they test for it? Fever of unknown origin,for 7 months.. whats next?

lastresort101
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Fever of unknown origin,for 7 months.. whats next?
If infectious disease cannot find out the reason for fever of unknown origin, and general family doctor cannot. What is the next step?
I have been sick since december when giving birth to my son... 7 months ago. Running higher temps of 99 to 100. and while it isn't a HIGH fever it has me feeling really-- REALLY run down. The only thing that came back a little high was my sed rate of 29, which my doctor said could happen just because I am a women. Alto of times I just want to sleep, because I am so tired. I want to do things but am so wiped out from feeling sick all the time.
my symptoms are :
seeing double, every now and then when focusing on one thing, things in the background go double.
general achy Ness that comes and goes
dry eyes
slow healing,
skin changes-- little bumps etc that come and go.
feet turned blue for the first time yesterday, along with wrist swelling- looks okay today but doctor has no answer what so ever for why it could have happened
Tests I had done:
Abdomen ct -recent
chest ct -recent
urine cultures-recently
blood cultures -recently
head ct- done in feb
Lyme's test
Vaginal exams,
Abdominal and vaginal ultra sounds
Breast mamogram to check implant- came back normal was told that I would need an mri to know for sure if implant has ruptured

the only other thing I really have going on that hasn't gone away, i have had a infected hair follicle in my groin area that has been there for the past 5 months, i took clindamycin for it twice, and have been using bacroban, it goes away almost the whole way then comes back again. i am going to be seeing about a dermatologist soon. i am curious to see if anyone has any answer no matter how far feched, that could be causing my low grade fever and extreme tiredness

from what I read it could be cancer, but I am not sure how else they would test for something like that. I am so sick of going from doctor to doctor, and still feeling like this!

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z
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have you been tested for HPV cervical and anal. Have you had a colonoscopy. Have you been tested for herpes.

lastresort101
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Joined: Jul 2009

no, i have not been tested for anal cancer.. how do they test for something like that?
they wanted to do a colonoscopy but my stomach problems subsided and i stopped getting fevers for awhile. so they said i didnt really need one. my stomach probs are still mostly gone but i am left with this fever. i am not sure about the cervical i would have to ask my obyn about that ive had so many tests done there, and no i havent been tested for herpes, would that give a fever?

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z
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A DRE, which should be the standard exam the gyno performs. The anal swab, like a pap smear swab, they can test for dsyplasia (change in normal cells). There are certain blood test that show markers for cancer. Herpes may cause a slight fever, and your groin limp nodes could be swollen. But with herpes there could also be an outbreak which you wouldn't miss as its very painful. I'm not a doctor, so please take that into consideration. I was just throwing out some possibilities via the experiences I've been thru. I wish you good luck.

z

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