I thought I'd reach out knowing that so many of you have dealt with so many different issues in the past.
Back in early September I picked up a really sore throat so I went into the local medical clinic to see a doctor. I was told that my condition was likely viral so antibiotics wouldn't be of any use. The next couple of days, the sore throat went away but a very stuffy nose took over. After about a week, I started feeling a lot better and most of the symptoms had disappeared. Then, one morning late the following week, I started getting the chills along with uncontrollable shaking and headache. It was so bad that I had to leave work, go home, and get under as many blankets as I could. Later that day I started vomiting and just generally feeling horrible (terrible headache, fever, chills and sweats, body aching). So, the next day I went to the ER at the local hospital where they admitted me and started doing a ton of tests. They kept me from Friday till Sunday and sent me on my way with some meds that included antibiotics and aspirin. They had me go back to the hospital the next couple of days for checks etc. The Internal Medicine Doctor thought it was West Nile Virus. I never really felt that good, but better. The following week, I started having more issues around the time I had to go back for a follow-up. When I went for my follow-up with the Internal Med guy, he said the blood work proved it was not West Nile and admitted me to hospital right away due to my symptons re-occurring and the way I looked. I was stuck there all weekend. They put me on 2 types of antibiotics (Gentamycin and Vancomycin) which I am still on right now.
I am headed to a larger center tomorrow for a Echocardiogram as they think it could be Endocarditis or something similar. Throughout this ordeal and in the past, I have never had any heart problems, chest pain, shortness of breath etc. However, they think they can hear a slight heart murmur.
I am concerned not knowing what the heck is wrong and waiting and waiting while these antibiotics are taking their toll on me.
If anyone has any suggestions, words of wisdom, or similar experiences, please let me know.