Question about fever, waiting on Doc's call

Nurses General Nursing


I have a quick question while I wait for my Drs' nurse to call me back. (I called 4 hours ago.) I am 5 1/2 weeks post op from ORIF of my ankle. Last night I had a fever of 102. I have been able to get it down to 99.5 with tylenol and advil. My only other symptoms are a headache, and extreme fatigue. I am so weak it was all I could do to get to the family room from my bed. My questions are, do I need to talk to my orthopaedist first, or do I need to go to my general practitioner? Has it been long enough that I shouldn't suspect or worry about infection in my leg? Am I just overreacting? Any advice would be wonderful, as it could be 4 o'clock this afternoon before someone calls me back. I have calls in to both Dr's, by the way.




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Call your general practitioner unless the surgical site is reddened, swelling, draining, warm to touch or has increased pain.

Hope you feel better soon.

plumrn, BSN, RN

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Gosh, wonder if you could be getting the flu this early? Hope you feel better really quickly whatever it is.

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