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Low grade fever. what to do?

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#1 nata1979



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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:56 AM

Hi everyone!

I have fever every day and it starts rising around 2pm. I also have joints pain in the morning ... but unfortunately I don't have insurance now.

Guys what are you taking for joints and for fever( if you have it)?
I've tried some over the counter cream and acetaminophen...but its not help much.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 08:18 AM

Hi, nata1979

Welcome to the Forums. I am not a doctor but it if you are running a fever, you should see a doctor. Perhaps you can get seen in a clinic. Over the counter pain relievers may temporarily reduce the symptoms of fever, but you need to find out the root cause. There are aches and pains associated with many rheumatic diseases (such as scleroderma) and you should work with your rheumatologist and your primary care physician to determine what treatment is appropriate in your case, but there are many other causes of fever and pain. Good luck with this.
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#3 nata1979



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Posted 30 September 2009 - 08:55 AM

Thanks for replying
i so rheumatologyst and there is no diagnosis for me so far, but I have ANA positive, scl-70 2.5 time more than normal and this simptoms. As for fever, my doctor said its not a fever that need any treatment...that's why I ask for your advice

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 09:44 AM

Hi Nata1979,

Sorry you are ill and dont have insurance, I was in your shoes 9 months ago.

I ran a fever for 2 years, nothing would relieve it. Ibuprophen, acetomenophine and aspirin did nothing. Even after my doctor prescribed prescription strength long lasting NSAID's my fever remained.

The only thing that finally lowered it was another prescription, (methotrexate). It suppresses my overactive immune system, but you need to see a doctor for that. Good luck and look into your city/county clinic, they will charge you on a sliding scale and sometimes its free.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 10:19 AM

Hi Nata1979

If you are referring to low grade fevers, I sometimes get those too....I used to get them all the time back when (I personally have always called it part of the autoimmune). I used to take some acetaminophen...and I'd feel better for a little while (like when a fever would break) but back it always came an hour or so later...so I found it really never stopped it for long. But, as Jefa says, you need to be sure of what's causing it...and sometimes it could be something else entirely causing it...so never any harm in getting checked out again if you can at a clinic/doctors office....just in case. Take care.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:33 AM

I agree with the others that you should be checked out. We have a disability resource section that you might find some help. I don't remember where you live but the U.S. and many other countries have relief centers for the uninsured. If you are in the U.S. check out the first link for Federally funded relief centers. There might be one in your area. I hope you start feeling better.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:55 AM

Hi Nata,

As I understand it (and please keep in mind I have no medical training at all), a low grade fever is not considered to be a symptom of scleroderma. Well, for that matter, neither is a high fever, I suppose. Generally speaking, if a person with scleroderma is running a fever, a cause should be identified for it, such as a medication side effect or an infection.

Oddly enough, many medications can cause a fever, including acetaminophen, which you mention taking. But there are over 1700 causes of fever listed on Wrong Diagnosis, so it is truly one of those things where none of us will be able to help you. Also, it is normal for body temperature to rise in the afternoon. See Body Temperature on WebMD and for it to vary by 1 degree during each day; 98.6 is just a general average of temperature, not a hard and fast rule.

Because of these natural variations, most doctors do not consider any reading to be a "fever" unless it is over 101 F. So, your doctor would need to figure out first of all if you are experiencing just a normal fluctuation in body temperature or an actual fever caused by some sort of ongoing ailment.

I hope you find some way to consult a doctor, to ease and possibly even treat some of your concerns. Meanwhile, I will send you even more "warm hugs" but not so warm as to cause a fever to spike, I hope.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:46 PM

Hi, Nata,

I know what it is like to be without insurance and feeling that frustration... knowing that you need to have something looked into and at the same time scared to death of the costs involved... feeling like you have to choose between a roof over your head and seeing a doctor.

I also know that you must be feeling very frustrated because no one can give you a definitive answer on what to do about a daily low grade fever, but I can tell you that no one is brushing you off but instead they are showing their concern. None of us are medical professionals, and even if we were we would not be able to tell you how to handle a health situation online because there might be a situation going on that needs to be investigated.

When I was without health insurance I went to a local clinic that was staffed by volunteers and charged on a very affordable sliding scale... they often have associations with hospitals for testing and specialists that volunteer office time and even offer prescription assistance or have their own pharmacy with the stock donated by the manufacturers. Yes, I felt weird going in the first time thinking "I do not belong in a place like this" but I discovered that this is exactly why clinics like that exist. They are there for people who, through no fault of their own, are in a situation where they have no insurance and need help. I needed the help.

We are here for you and will help you in any way we can... if you want help finding a clinic in your area you can send me a private message through the board and I will help you find the information for any programs or clinics in your area. There is no shame in going to a clinic, I promise you this.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 03:41 AM

Guys thanks for your answers!

My fever (usually 99-99.5F) starts at 2 pm and might go away by itself around 6-7 pm but during this period I feel so weak

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 02:52 PM

Hi Nata,

My heart go to you. I didn't have access to heath insurance for more than one year when I was waiting for disability benefit. I too get low grade fevers most the time, I was told is part of Scleroderma symptoms. Since my my body temperature is always normal during those low grade fevers. I just learned to cope with them, in fact I have them now.

Much love,


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Posted 10 October 2009 - 08:20 AM

Hi, Everyone~~~

Now I am curious!!! Gareth ran a low grade fever all the time when first diagnosed. I thought it was from the UCTD/Sclero because his Sed Rate was so high and it was his body fighting itself. I figured it was related.

Take care, Everyone.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:10 AM

Hi Nata,

Yet another question, so I hope you don't mind?

How long have you been running these low-grade fevers?

Best wishes,