Anyone else experience this ... ?

Nurses General Nursing


My husband is the type that gets sick pretty often (about every month to every over month) but every time he does, he pretty much experiences the same symptoms: chills at night, mild fever, fatigue, nasal congestion, discomforting increased pressure in his ears, aches (lower back in particular), sometimes constipation. A coworker of his stated she has the same symptoms & frequency as well.

Now I know no one should give medical advice via the internet, nor should anyone really follow what is given. However, I'm just curious if anyone else has or is experiencing this at all and what anyone might think this is due to. I'm thinking they either are really susceptable to viral infections and could possibly be the cold (since they are so many different cold viruses) but the chills and aches kind of throw me off here because these go with the flu and I don't think one could get the flu on a monthly basis can they???

I appreciate everyone's comments, questions, honest opinions and personal experiences. Thanks for listening :)


139 Posts

I think he needs to be seen by a doctor and have a full thorough checkup.

sincerely jules

Specializes in ER - trauma/cardiac/burns. IV start spec.

:eek: Get your hubby to a doc and have complete workup. You do not state age, occupation, habits(smoke, drink) and all these things figure into diagnosis. Find good Internal Medicine Md with admitting privilages to your local hospital.

Good Luck and let us know what happens!

Thank you for your concern.

Dragonnurse1 you're right, I did forget to mention those important details: 26yrs old, 5'6 and approx 169 lbs, works as a sales representative via telephone for phone company, currently taking Atenolol 25mg qd for high blood pressure (has been on this for about 1.5 yrs), deals with stress in a passive-agressive manner but mostly "holds his emotions inside", exercises by lifting weights occasionally, diet okay - usually cereal for breakfast, sometomes skips lunch but if not will have some type of tv dinner (afraid I'm not much of a cook), then eats out for dinner usually fastfood, hmm what else... we also have a 3yr ols son (which = added stress;) ).

sharann, BSN, RN

1,758 Posts

When you mention that his co-worker has similar S/S it makes me wonder if there is such a thing a "sick buildings" or the like. Maybe he is immune compromised from something as well. He sounds like he needs a total complete workup with labs and x-ray etc.. Hope you figure things out soon.

Big Bab's

161 Posts

It makes me wonder about something "envronmental", maybe at work if his co-workers are having the same symptoms.......Also, you don't mention how long this has been happening....Mononucleosis comes to mind too, it can last months to years, I have one patient that's been battling it for about 14 months...........Just some thoughts!!

Trixxy, LPN

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Although I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose, I'm thinking along the same lines as Sharann...sounds like a sick building. Please get him to a good Internal medicine doctor ASAP and have a thorough workup done.

Wishng both of you good results...let us know.


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I'm thinking environmental....any pets? How about dust mites...they're everywhere. Let the doctor figure this one out.


780 Posts

People who are frequently ill usually have low IGG levels. IGA, IGM, viral titers. Simple blood tests and all the answers come together. I wish I had a nickel for each time I gave Intravenous Gamma Globulin.

Family Doctors rarely draw IGG levels.


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The symptoms are vague, won't point to a single diagnosis. It could be infectious or allergic. He needs a thorough laboratory work-up. He may also have a weak immune system.


131 Posts

Could be bad job syndrome too. Is it stress from the job? Bad boss, bad customers etc.

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