My 6 yr old has been sick for months and the Drs won't listen

Laura - posted on 03/20/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son has been sick for months now. He has a fever at least 3 days a week and either symptoms of the stomach flu or symptoms of a sinus infection. Always accompanied by a fever. Not a lowgrade fever either. At one point we were in the ER with over 106.5 temp. The Drs. treated me like an over protective Mother and blew it off and even seemed annoyed that we were in the ER for "just a fever". It was terrifying. His primary says its "viral" and does nothing. Or they say "allergies" but to my knowledge and research allergies don't cause high fevers. He has lost weight and is tired all of the time from constantly fighting off an illness. He has never been a sick kid. This is all very new. I am worried and the doctors don't listen. I am not sure how to make them do something!?

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Sarah - posted on 03/20/2016

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What happens in between the acute episodes that take you to the ER? Does he go to school, stay awake during the day, eat and keep food down? Have you been to the same ER each time? So they can look back at his labs and see what his temp and symptoms were each time. Have you seen any other doctor besides his primary care and the ER? The best advice I can give is to start a journal, write down everything; when he rises, what he eats, when he poops, signs of illness. There may be some sort of pattern in his life that no one is catching. Like he goes to piano twice a week and gets sick after piano, and the piano teacher's house has a mold issue. I know that is a random example. Ten visit in 3 months is a lot. Take copies of everything you have and find a second opinion.

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Laura - posted on 03/21/2016

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Thank you so much. Lyme disease is something I never considered. But I will mention. I just want my healthy child back. He just seems to be wasting away. Even though he is eating and drinking he just looks exhausted and so pale. Thank you for the advice. I'll keep you ladies posted.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/21/2016

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Reading your info, all I can think about is Lyme Disease. In no way am I saying that is what it is, but a simple CBC can help rule it in or out for further testing. Especially if you are in a high risk area.

Sarah said it all. Get all of your paperwork and find a different doctor that will not blow off a 106 temp. That is scary high!

Laura - posted on 03/20/2016

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Thank you! Yes I started a journal and a calendar. Yes same er and doctors office. And he does go to school and tends to be a healthy happy boy. Thank you for the advice. I am thinking we will try going to the other hospital here in Springfield and see what they have to say.

Laura - posted on 03/20/2016

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Sarah e. Thank you. They have reccomended nothing except "its that time of year". We have been to the Dr. Or Er 10 times in 3 months. They always claim its "normal". They never give meds or anything. I know my son. Now a month and a half ago he was so sick they thought it was appendicitis and they ran blood and urine samples and did a CAT scan. They said his white blood cell count was off but that he would be fine and it was not his appendix. He was fine for a few days and then same thing within days. I was let go from my job on Friday because my restaurant manager claimed "no one is sick that much" implying I was lying. But its a mom and pop place so they make the rules. Even the drs notes weren't enough.

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2016

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Some kids do get fevers when their immune systems are stressed. While 106.5 is a very high temp, it does occur in children sometimes. Terrifying for you, but not so much for the staff at the ER. What tests have been done to rule out underlying illness? Are you taking him to see any specialists? What treatment has been advised, if any?
Stomach flu is really a misnomer, yes there are gastrointestinal viruses that cause vomiting, diarrhea and fever but they typically run their course in a week and the symptoms would start, get worse and then improve. Not come for 3 days per week and stop. If he has an ear infection or sinus infection the doctor can tell by examining his ears and looking at the nasal discharge. Even sending it for a culture would demonstrate the presence of a chronic infection. Again, if your child had a sinus infection, the symptoms would start, get worse and either stay or resolve. Not come and go. If you feel like your doctor is not listening to you, find a new one. This is always my advice to mothers. Trust your gut.

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