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What can I do?

(15 Posts)
MrsRochestersCat Mon 20-May-13 21:54:51

Dd1 (13) has just been diagnosed with anxiety.

I am not comfortable with this diagnosis, it doesn't sit right. Can anxiety cause intermittent fever, sore throat, swollen face, swollen glands, palpitations, joint pain, diarrhoea and occasional wetting?

MrsRochestersCat Mon 20-May-13 22:01:09

Blood tests have ruled out glandular fever, and show only boarder line anaemia. All the other 'counts' are within normal range, although no biochemistry bloods were done.

The intermittent fever seems cyclical (between 39.5 and 37 in the mornings and evenings, around 37 at lunch and 36 the rest of the time). Normally she reads 36.5.

Dd has been sick since Easter. sometimes she can't move because of her headache or leg pain.

Three rounds of antibiotics, with week's break in-between ease the symptoms - but don't 'cure' the illness.

What else could it be?

MrsRochestersCat Mon 20-May-13 22:06:59


malteserzz Mon 20-May-13 22:17:25

I really don't know but didn't want to read and run I guess if you're not happy keep going back to the doctors. Hope you get some answers soon

MrsRochestersCat Mon 20-May-13 22:38:50

Thank you maltesserzz smile I've already booked another appointment - I feel I need to do some research before hand, rather than blindly accepting what I'm told.

awaywego1 Tue 21-May-13 06:54:23

She probably is anxious-who wouldn't be if they were feeling unwell! Keep taking her back to GPs-until you get a more reasonable explanation. Yes anxiety can cause a lot of v odd physical symptoms but in a child everything else should be ruled out first. I'd suggest keeping a diary so you can monitor for patterns etc.
hope she feels better soon smile

awaywego1 Tue 21-May-13 06:55:52

It sounds very post virally. Hopefully time will improve things-lots of rest!

MigGril Tue 21-May-13 07:22:58

Has she had both type of blood tests for the glandular fever? It can be missed even with the second test.

I has similar symptoms while at university never tested positive for it but my gp was still convinced that is what I had. it got better with time and rest.

missalien Tue 21-May-13 07:48:10

Does he have some kind of food allergy / intolerance that's making him feel so poorly? Cut out dairy and soya for a while and see how he goes , def keep a diary it will help spot patterns

SoggySummer Tue 21-May-13 07:53:37

I have no idea but the list of symptoms (bar the wetting) are what I have head for months and months. I have has "all clear" bloods and not tested positive for glandular fever or CMV.

I have had a horrendous time of stress last year but thought I was over that.

I am open to all suggestions but not sure I would be happy with anxiety as a diagnosis either - although there is a teeny tiny part of me that thinks with me it could be a small possibility now I have read this. I do wonder is months and months of horrendous stress have left me with some underlying anxiety - even if I dont feel anxous iykwim.

Has she been under any stress running upto the onset of they symptoms? Or had a shock or stressful unpleasant incident??

xigris Tue 21-May-13 07:53:49

I can't imagine how 'anxiety' can cause high temperatures. Personally I'd be going for a second opinion

MrsRochestersCat Tue 21-May-13 08:04:44

A diary is a good idea, as is looking for food intolerance - I hadn't thought of that and may explain the undulating temps?

My (uneducated) guess is post viral/ ongoing viral infection, mainly because of the fever that raises and drops throughout the day. But the GP was insistent that there is no sign of infection in her blood. So it must be something else, I'm just not happy to plump for treatment for anxiety with so many unexplained questions.

Featherbag Tue 21-May-13 08:13:58

Has your GP tested for lupus? Not all the symptoms fit, but often opportunistic viral infections pounce on those with lupus. It's at the forefront of my mind as a friend was diagnosed with this last week after years of being told she had anxiety, her symptoms were psychosomatic, etc.

IvanaCake Tue 21-May-13 08:19:25

I also thought possibly lupus when reading your op.

I'm pretty sure anxiety can't cause a high temperature, although I'm not medical. If you're not happy with the diagnosis you've been given then please do keep pushing. Change gp if you have to.

MrsRochestersCat Tue 21-May-13 18:55:19

Sorry for the radio silence, I've just got in from work.

Thank you all for your suggestions! I'm going grab a coffee and sit down to google.

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