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  1. #1 Anyone got a diagnosis for these symthoms? Both me and girlfriend affected. 
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    Hey.

    I got sick awhile ago with:

    1: Headache
    2: Fever
    3: Sore throat
    4: Coughing
    5: Fatigue

    It only lasted like two days, but after - the coughing and the fatigue remained and got worse. So no more sore throat, headache or fever. But now it feels like the fatigue/energy loss and my cough has both gotten worse.

    I also seem to have given my girlfriend the same but slightly different. For her, the coughing isnt bad, but she lost her voice (almost cant speak) sore throat, and extreme fatigue. Only two hours after waking up she is exhausted.

    There are really long waiting times for Doctors where I live, cant wait 3 weeks without knowing. Please... if you know what this can be share it. Its hard to find out because these sympthoms can be so much.


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    Try webMD or Mayoclinic.com

    Beware: Self diagnosis from internet resources is remarkably inaccurate most of the time. It can also scare the pants off of you.

    Chances are you'll be fine. You may have a secondary throat infection from coughing as bacteria took hold while you were fending off a cold.
    Your only true measure is to Talk To a Medical Doctor, one in your area familiar with what's going on in your area preferred.

    If you keel over in the next three weeks waiting to see the doctor, you were doomed anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Try webMD or Mayoclinic.com

    Beware: Self diagnosis from internet resources is remarkably inaccurate most of the time. It can also scare the pants off of you.

    Chances are you'll be fine. You may have a secondary throat infection from coughing as bacteria took hold while you were fending off a cold.
    Your only true measure is to Talk To a Medical Doctor, one in your area familiar with what's going on in your area preferred.

    If you keel over in the next three weeks waiting to see the doctor, you were doomed anyway.
    Thanks for your response. I Ruled out the common cold by default because I didnt think secondary sympthoms could be "left behind"? Normally when Ive had a cold in the past all sympthoms disappeared simultaniously.

    lol @ your last comment
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    Have you checked out Strep Throat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Have you checked out Strep Throat?
    More importantly Raziell, when is the doctors appointment you should have scheduled and why are you even posting on here given you know we do not dispense medical advice?
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    As others have pointed out, only a doctor can determine with better certainty what you may be dealing with. I would only comment that in my observation, it is not uncommon for some of the symptoms of upper respiratory infections to linger long after the more discomfitting ones have resolved. Viruses are very adept at mutating and it is not uncommon for one to get passed back and forth between family and/or co-workers in the process as they re-infect each other with each 'new' variant.

    Excellent personal hygiene with attention to frequent hand-washing, changing your tooth brush and keeping your hand towels changed out can be a help.

    Still, see your doctor if you have concerns is the best suggestion.
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    3 weeks to see a doctor? There is something seriously wrong with such a system.

    MichaelAngelo is said to have said: "Nature heals, doctors collect a fee."
    But then again, a doctor is said to have kept him from going blind.
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    I wondered that too... But I didn't want to ask location...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    This seems to be pretty standard here in the UK. Last time I needed medical advice I rang the surgery for an appointment. First question: "Is it urgent (implication being are you at death's door)", my answer "Not terribly urgent", response "we have no appointments until XX (date 16 days away)". I'll know next time to answer "Yes"...

    If you want to be seen promptly (i.e. the same day) you have to go to a hospital A&E department or "walk in centre" and wait for God knows how long...
    Thats actually not too dissimilar to America. GPs don't often see you immediately when you are sick. Pediatricians will more reasonably see children immediately, but most any time I have been sick and called my GP they tell me to go to an urgent care center or the emergency room at a hospital. The only times I have been seen immediately is if someone had cancelled an appointment. Though I did have one doc many years ago that didn't believe in sending patients to the ER unless it was absolutely necessary. So she would allow all her established patients to come in when sick as long as they called ahead to let staff know they were coming. You still may end up waiting a long time but as long as you got there before she closed business for the day, she would stay late and see any sick patients she had. Calling ahead just gave the receptionist a chance to let you know when would be the slowest part of the day or if there were any cancelled appointments you could fill in. Otherwise they'd tell you to come no later than 30 minutes before closing and the doc would stay late to see you after all appointments were taken care of.

    She was an awesome doc and I wish all doctors followed her example. It would cut down on how many people are in the ER for things that can be treated with a simple prescription for antibiotics or something. But most here will put you off for a couple of weeks to a couple of months or tell you to go to the hospital.
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    A few years ago, Walmart started having a nurse or P.A. available for a quick consultation so you could get an antibiotic, nsaid, etc. in just a few minutes, so the local university hospital started their own "Quick Care" facilities. I just went to one only about 4 miles away(they just opened today-yippee damned convenient), and got checked out by a nurse practitioner, who said i have an ear infection, and prescribed an antibiotic. My beloved spouse will pick up the script on her way home and start me on the road to losing this damned ear-ache.

    Not too bad as things go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    This seems to be pretty standard here in the UK. Last time I needed medical advice I rang the surgery for an appointment. First question: "Is it urgent (implication being are you at death's door)", my answer "Not terribly urgent", response "we have no appointments until XX (date 16 days away)". I'll know next time to answer "Yes"...

    If you want to be seen promptly (i.e. the same day) you have to go to a hospital A&E department or "walk in centre" and wait for God knows how long...
    Also here in the UK we have NHS direct, basically you ring a number speak to someone straight away who passes on your symptoms to the relevantly qualified, depending on symptoms, doctor. Then one of 3 things usually happens, if they think you don't really have anything wrong with you, you will always get the type of people that will ring up with a cut finger or splinter, they will just advise making an appointment with your GP. But if you have any sort of 'genuine' problem they'll send you to your nearest A & E or if they are really worried send an abulance straight away. But the usual, 95% of the time, they'll just send people to A & E.

    GP's here, at least where I live, can take a while to see dependant on if you really want to see the same one. I'm registered with one doctor and they have two surgeries in the local area, if you ring up for an appointment you can be sent to either surgery and see any of the doctors there, but you get seen fast, usually within 24 - 48 hours, if however you always just insist on seeing a particular doctor this can take a few days.

    Also now, doctors here that work for the NHS are being very well paid and working to a high standard, so for most people it really isn't worth the expense to pay and go private.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    3 weeks to see a doctor? There is something seriously wrong with such a system.

    MichaelAngelo is said to have said: "Nature heals, doctors collect a fee."
    But then again, a doctor is said to have kept him from going blind.
    It is being said this is the sort of thing we here in America can expect to start experiencing soon. Supposedly the result of far fewer doctors being available. jocular
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    A few years ago, Walmart started having a nurse or P.A. available for a quick consultation so you could get an antibiotic, nsaid, etc. in just a few minutes, so the local university hospital started their own "Quick Care" facilities. I just went to one only about 4 miles away(they just opened today-yippee damned convenient), and got checked out by a nurse practitioner, who said i have an ear infection, and prescribed an antibiotic. My beloved spouse will pick up the script on her way home and start me on the road to losing this damned ear-ache.

    Not too bad as things go.
    The walgreens and CVS pharmacies in my area are starting to do this as well. They call them minute clinics. You can get a simple diagnosis and a prescription and/or vaccines without an appointment.
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    Just curious here people, do Americans have to pay for GP visits or is this all covered by health insurance? I just cusious if this could lead some people to simply avoid going to the doctor if they have to fork out of their own pocket every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Just curious here people, do Americans have to pay for GP visits or is this all covered by health insurance? I just cusious if this could lead some people to simply avoid going to the doctor if they have to fork out of their own pocket every time.
    Some of us have health insurance at a discounted rate through our employers, but coverage is limited and they still end up with out of pocket costs, which vary from one insurance provider to another. Poor people can get health coverage through the state for free, though there may be tiny copays, such as paying a few dollars for a prescription that would normally cost several hundred. Employer subsidized insurance also involves copays that are generally higher and apply to doc visits as well as prescriptions.

    Then there is medicare which is a federal program for disabled and elderly. Depending on your income (usually provided through social security in these cases) you may have to pay for premiums. If you are poor though you can get medicaid (the state program) to cover the premiums for medicare. So you would have both medicare and medicaid.

    But if you are not strongly employed or completely destitute, disabled or elderly you are pretty much screwed. Supposedly the Obama care thing was supposed to fix that but i have not yet seen any working middle class people I know be able to go to the doctor for free. My mom recently had gall stones removed and she had to pay $5000 up front before they would even treat her, and she has medical insurance through her job.
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