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High Fever and Headache

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: High Fever and Headache
By Kym on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 12:59 pm:

My 9 y/0 ds has had a headache and high fever for two days. NO ONE can see him at his ped office today, another story, and I'm considering the Urgent Care tonight.

Have you had any experience with this?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. BTW he has no other pain, nausea or diarreah, and his sinuses are clear

By Ginny~moderator on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 01:21 pm:

Is his neck stiff or painful - his neck, not his throat? And when you say high fever, how high? If it is over 102 and it has been going on for 2 days, I would go to the Urgent Care. And I would change pediatricians.

By Tayjar on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 01:50 pm:

Urgent care for sure.

By Tripletmom on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 01:55 pm:

Sometimes with a UTI those can be the only 2 symptoms.I hope he's feeling better soon.

By Kym on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 02:19 pm:

T-mom that's what I'm thinking, he's had urinary issues before, I've poked around on lower belly and he says no pain!
Ginny, thanks no pain in neck (just mine:)) i though of menengitis.

I actually have treated his fever because of controlling the pain, so I'm not really sure how high its been sustained. Normally I wouldn't try to bring it down til I knew a good accurate temp over time but his headache is so bad I have to give him motrin:(

I'm waiting for the nurse practioner to call me back Urgent care does not open until 3!
Thanks, any one else with possibilities let me know!

By Tripletmom on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 02:25 pm:

If its not UTI.Has he had his eyes checked recently.(headaches) and my DD gets fever sometimes with teeth.He still would be losing/getting teeth.I hope you figure it out soon its not fun worrying.(((HUGS)))

By Kym on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 02:28 pm:

Yeah we had his eyes done' again last week for headache! He's had several this year but this is the first fever! One of my husband customers is a geriatrician, I'm gonna run him to him for a urnialysis! Should be an interesting waiting room:)LOL

By Dawnk777 on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 02:34 pm:

I would vote for the urgent care, just for your own piece of mind.

By Karen~moderator on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 04:21 pm:

Another vote for urgent care...........

By Kaye on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 04:31 pm:

And one more vote for urgent care. It may be nothing...but a serious headache that last two days is nothing to sneeze about.

By Tink on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 09:34 pm:

This is so funny that you posted this. I'm just back from the same-day clinic with my 8yo dd because she's had a fever for three days and a severe headache the whole time. She had no other complaints but last night it spiked to 105 while I piggybacked Motrin and Tylenol. A cool bath brought it down to 101 and I called the ER and was told there was a 6 hour wait. The doctor at the same day clinic did a thorough exam and said it's just a virus. If we can't bring it down below 103.5 or she develops any other symptoms, we're to take her to the ER immediately.

Did you take your ds in, Kym? I hope he's doing better this evening and that it's as simple an explanation as my dd's was. Let us know.

By Dana on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 10:55 pm:

DD had this not too long ago. It was just a virus that had to run its course.

By Marcia on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 12:04 am:

My 11 year old has the same thing today, but I don't think her head is as bad as what you're saying. She's also saying her throat hurts a bit, but not horribly. We'll be off to the clinic if she's not better tomorrow.
I hope your little guy is feeling a bit better tonight!

By Tripletmom on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 06:57 pm:

Hi Kym- I was wandering how you're DS is feeling?I hope he's feeling better.(((HUGS)))

By Kym on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 07:43 pm:

Well the geriatrician did a urine dip and the kidneys were fine. His fever broke about 2 AM, I was sleeping with him and he sat straight up and said "I fee great"! he got pretty bad last night, but the doc thought just alternate tylenol/motrin and keep him comfy. He was fine until 10AM than eyes glassed over and fevered spiked so we headed to urgent care. This doc thought strep becasue of very red throat, but negative, so he poked around a bit more and pretty sure it's a sinsu infection! I should have known since I have chronic ones, but mine are above my teeth more in my cheekbones and his pain was right between the eyes which we found out is a common sinus to be infected in kids! So he's on an antibiotic and motrin.

thank you so much for all your words and suggestions!

By Tripletmom on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 08:21 pm:

I'm glad its figured out and I'm glad he's feeling better

By Ginny~moderator on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 08:10 am:

I'm really glad it was figured out. I was just diagnosed with a sinus infection a little over a week ago, and my headaches are always over my eyebrows and between them. My oldest son had huge problems with the sinuses under the nose around over the mouth, and had to have his sinuses "washed out" once - not fun.

I hope you are thinking about changing pediatricians. I would never have put up with a pediatrician who didn't have room for emergency appointments in his schedule for a child with a persistent fever. It is simply not acceptable in my book to tell parents to go to a (much more expensive) Urgent Care facility or the ER for such things.

By Dawnk777 on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 02:38 pm:

I'm glad you got it figured out! DH and I both had sinus infections recently!

By Tink on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 10:37 am:

I'm glad to hear that your ds got a diagnosis and that he's on the road to recovery. We're still battling it out here. :(

By Kym on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 11:44 am:

Ginny, I totally agree with you. I RARELY take my kids to the doc,(a total of 6 times last year with 4 kids) last time I went with an appt I waited 45 minutes before leaving! Now I can't get an appt, so frustrating! Unfortunately we have a shortage of docs that want to work around here because of illegals, and we are growing so fast we just can't keep up. I love the pediatrician, her office and policies just make it impossible to get in.
As far as cost, we pay everything out of pocket, we have MSA rather than insurance and I was sure Urgent care was going to be over $200, nope it was only $92.00 with the meds! And the urgent care doc is really savvy, so I'll just use them:)durning my search for a new office.

Tink, yuck hope you get it figured soon


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