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07 Feb 2006

POSSIBLE MALARIA
I have been experiencing some funny symptoms for the past month. My arms and hands go to sleep and have a pins and needles sensation. At night I have been waking up and not been able to move my arms at all because of the fact they are asleep. I have also been experiencing bad sweats (so bad that I strip off my clothing whenever I am able) and nausea, especially where certain foods and beverages are concerned, for eg. I cannot drink coffee, I dont as a rule drink alot of coffee only 1 cup a day, I also cannot eat anything that has been fried or have any meat that is fatty.

I take the following medication daily:

3 x Eltroxin 0.01, 1x Dapamax 2,5mg, 1 x 5mg Ciplatec, 1x Altosec, 1 x 1,25mg Premarin, 1 x Sandox Paroxetine

My doctor did some blood tests and there a couple of them that are out of range. He did a liver count and it came back 67. He also says that my white blood cell count is up ( it is 35). I do not understand these counts.

We are staying about 30km from the Swaziland border and we have had alot of rain recently, its also very humid. The mosquitoes are quite fierce during the day but especially at night. I have cleared all the possible breeding places in the garden, but, to no avail.

Is it possible that I could be experiencing Malaria symptoms at all?

Thank You
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CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Hi Barbara,
This does not sound like general malaria symptoms. The arms and hands going to sleep can be due to a nerve in the neck pinching , the sweats could be because of the high white cell count which indicate an infection - you could have some gall bladder inflammation and that is why you are not tolerating coffee and fatty foods. Your dr will probably do some more tests.
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