Patient Comments: Dengue Fever - Symptoms

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Comment from: Niki, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

My dengue fever symptoms were cluster headache, nausea, respiratory distress, pain behind eyes, back pain, body ache, and high fever.

Comment from: nancy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had a CT scan on my coronary arteries and the second I had the contrast enter my body through a cannula that was placed in my right arm I felt I was being drowned and could not take my breath. I felt my heart was squeezed so badly as well as my chest, and had no control over my breathing. The technician was able to take only one slide but had to end the procedure. I am surprised to experience such a feeling as I have done a CT scan on my abdomen and pelvic area before and things were normal. I was sleepy for couple of days after the scan though probably as a reaction from radiation.

Comment from: Nita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I had dengue fever about four years ago. I couldn't move except to go to the toilet and I could not eat anything for a week. When I could finally move and eat I found I had to rest and have long naps every afternoon. The funny thing is ever since the dengue I will sometimes have several days of extreme tiredness and have to just lie around. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience and if it's related to having had dengue.

Comment from: lheron007, Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I lived in Belize for over 25 years. We had times when sickness would overtake the city, especially in the swampy ghetto at the back where I lived with my four small children. There were dengue warnings on the news but I didn’t pay much attention to it. My dengue started when I was preparing to walk my children home from school. I dropped down on the bed prostrated with fever that climbed to 106, and for two weeks I could not lift my head. My children tried to get water into my mouth. After the fever subsided for about three days I was stiff and felt very broken, I could barely walk. I thought the worst was over; and then the fever came back. I burned hot for perhaps another week, then the fever subsided. I was left weak and anemic for months after.

Comment from: lheron007, Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I lived in Belize for over 25 years. We had times when sickness would overtake the city, especially in the swampy ghetto at the back where I lived with my four small children. There were dengue warnings on the news but I didn’t pay much attention to it. My dengue started when I was preparing to walk my children home from school. I dropped down on the bed prostrated with fever that climbed to 106, and for two weeks I could not lift my head. My children tried to get water into my mouth. After the fever subsided for about three days I was stiff and felt very broken, I could barely walk. I thought the worst was over; and then the fever came back. I burned hot for perhaps another week, then the fever subsided. I was left weak and anemic for months after.

Comment from: Julzamor, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

March of 2016 I started to experience a very fast heart beat and started to feel my blood pressure rise. I knew something was wrong so my boyfriend rushed me to the emergency room. They never told me how low my potassium was, just that I needed IV. I never had diarrhea or vomiting I was literally fine one minute and close to death the next. They guessed it was due to the diet pills I was using. July 2016 I woke up to my heart pounding but a few days before I remember my legs and arms just feeling locked up and hard to move. I chalked it up to tension because I had been stressed. I told them to check my levels and my potassium was 3.1; to most that doesn't seem very low but for my body it is, I just feel it. He gave me a supplement at the hospital and sent me home and told me to eat more bananas and drink orange juice. They didn’t give me an answer as to why I had it, because I don’t use diuretics, haven’t had diarrhea or vomited, and I eat. They only thing I can figure is a week before I went to the emergency room with sore legs but had a potassium at 3.6. That doctor put me on 2 bags of saline and I think it washed it all out of me because I was swollen for 3 days them started to draw up. Be careful if the hospital wants to give you saline, it depletes potassium levels. Three days later legs are still sore but better. I am waiting to hear back from my doctor with lab tests to make sure it went back up!

Comment from: Ash87, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

It is not a remedy but I've found that eating cooked pasta, plain without anything on it other than olive oil, is one of the easiest things to eat with strep. Soups and liquids hurt me more as I think they seep into any pus sores that are in the throat. And like my thick saliva, soups can be too thick to go down quickly, whereas pasta in olive oil just slips right down! I added some chopped up wafer thin ham just for a treat! Also green tea with some manuka honey stirred in, nothing beats manuka honey for the healing process of any disease or illness, and is quite soothing if you can get some liquids down into you.

Comment from: LF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

In January of this year, I suffered a pinched nerve in my back. It affected my right leg, which got numb and weak. I sat in my chair for the better part of 3 weeks, for I couldn't straighten my leg. I couldn't even sleep in my bed. I was stuck to my Lazy Boy pretty much for the duration. I decided on chiropractic care to relieve the nerve in my back. It worked, but I was still having problems with my knee. I still couldn't put any weight on it. Two weeks ago this past Monday I was working on a bathroom faucet, on my knees, moving around. Within an hour of this activity, I started to get short of breath. I thought it was a chest cold, so before that night, I took some cough medicine. The next day, I still felt a heaviness in my chest and the shortness of breath was worse, but I waited 2 days before I called anybody. That indecision almost killed me, for when my son came over to take me to the emergency room Thursday night, I was so weak and winded I couldn't leave the house. We called 911 and shortly thereafter found out I had pulmonary embolism in both lungs, about 6 clots in all, but it could have been worse. My medical team is pretty certain, that these clots came from that same right leg that was disabled some 2 months earlier. I've been home for a week, now wearing my medic alert necklace for warfarin, and taking it easy. Please don't procrastinate like I did. I have 5 grandchildren, and a wife of 36 years. They almost lost me because I waited to say anything.

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Comment from: Amedeo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I had a job travel, and got very sick with dengue fever, with fever at 38.5 Celsius, shaking hands, to the point I was unable to write, very bad vision and weakness. In the first visit to a local doctor, I got my platelets count at 50,000. I then stayed in bed for other three days drinking a lot of water and taking acetaminophen. After three days, another blood test indicated platelets at 20,000, which was strange because I felt well, no fever, no pain in any part of my body, no headache, no weakness, no bleeding in gums or red spots in my skin. But conscious of the danger, I was in 6 hours back to my country, directly to the hospital. After 36 hours of the last blood test, I had my platelets at 44000, after 6 hours of hydration, the platelets came to 52,000. They got my liver affected, but I was without pain, and the next day I was at home. After a week, I started to feel weak again, shaking fingers affecting fine hand movements and writing, and toes numbed. I could walk normally, but needed some effort to keep balance when not walking. I felt strange sensation from my knees to the feet when I stayed much time walking, and coffee increased the problems. Some days I feel better, others worse, at this moment I have passed 6 weeks after the fever.

Comment from: kanchan, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I suffered from dengue fever in 2011. It almost killed me. It was severe; at a point I felt I was losing my vision. Within 3 to 4 days my platelet went down to 30,000 but somehow and because of doctor's care and medicine I survived. But it is really painful because I am suffering from memory problems and the most painful thing is that in 2012 I suffered from serious problem of rashes, then in 2013 from chronic nose problem, and in 2014 I suffered from food poisoning. In 2015 I suffered from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and now I am suffering from eczema. I suffered from all these just because of my low immunity and all because of dengue. I used to be good in sports and was a good prize winner athlete but now just because of dengue I am still suffering.

Comment from: Harvey, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 29

I have lived in Bali for 20 years and never had this experience before. I developed what I thought was a bad case of flu. Very high fever (40 plus), vomiting, shaking violently like malaria, pain in the back and limbs, and low blood pressure (120/50). After five days I was very red in the face and chest like sunburn, dizzy when turning my head, and had headache, red palms, coughing and sore throat. I was very lethargic, just wanted to sleep. I have had this dengue for 8 days now. Christmas was ruined, I just hope I can get better for New Year.

Comment from: Susan, MPH, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 01

Picaridin is a better choice over DEET. Also lemon eucalyptus and geranium oil at higher concentrations work; all on CDC report. I would never spray anything or even place it on my skin, or apply to clothing, even these less toxic alternatives that are known to work just as well as toxic DEET. I read a study showing that taking live probiotics like Nature's Way Optima, can help decrease symptoms of dengue. Live mixture of probiotics seem to help with any microbial infection in general. I will be taking it every day when I'm in tropical areas! Also spraying for these mosquitos with ULV is found not to be effective since the pregnant females that are about to lay their eggs (they are the ones that bite, not the males) hide under leaves and do not get exposed to the ULV spraying. Remove stagnant water sources, even 1 teaspoon! Also there is a fungi that is now being utilized to kill certain insects, which is working great for termites, biological control that is very specific.

Comment from: Dwight, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I fainted while riding my bicycle and fell to the ground (of course). I was diagnosed with low electrolytes (hyponatremia).

Comment from: Kmadsen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

Despite using medications to prevent mosquito bite I was covered. Upon returning home from Guatemala, July 2013, I started to feel weak, and had lack of appetite and chills. Over the next week symptoms included itchy palms, fine itchy rash all over, head ache unrelieved by Tylenol, indescribable eyeball pain, and joint pain. My platelets and white count both dropped dramatically. I was not hospitalized but my doctor put me on house arrest. I was so immunosuppressed she worried about a secondary infection.

Comment from: gueritaguerita, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 12

My husband has woken me up the past two nights drenched in sweat. He is diabetic, but this has never happened before. I wonder if it is his medication.

Comment from: RafflesPatient, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

At first, I got fever, then I did not have appetite and always wanted to be in bed. I took paracetamol for my fever for almost 5 days without knowing it was not a normal flu and experienced pain at the back of my eyes but I did not have rashes and bleeding. On the 6th day when I went to the clinic and checked my platelets and the count was 27, they advised me to go and admit myself to the hospital. I felt some dizziness but I still could walk and still did not have any rashes or bleeding. When I arrived at the hospital, they check my platelets again it had dropped to 16 and they confirmed that I got dengue. The attending doctor told me that my platelets should go up else they need to do transfusion. In the hospital they just gave me IV fluids (NaCl-sodium chloride) to rehydrate. On the 7th day I started gaining my appetite and my platelets started to go up to 21, then 33 on the 8th day, and on the 9th day it was up to 89. So I was discharged and went home to rest and eat healthy foods and drink more fluids. On my follow up checkup (13th day after having flu), I got to do my blood test again and got 494 platelets count but that exceeded the normal count of 120 to 450. It was explained to me that it was due to my liver function test result were still higher than normal range, but it will be okay in the following days. I just need to drink a lot of fluids, eat more fruits and healthy foods. My advice is that if you got fever and do not have any cough or colds, even if there are no rashes, if you can do a blood test, please do so. You can detect the virus earlier and you can get advice on what to do and eat to make a faster recovery.

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Comment from: abdi, Male (Caregiver) Published: November 04

With dengue fever, I had vomiting and pain behind the eyes. Vomiting contributed to more pain behind my eyes because of the straining I did when vomiting, and after a week or so blood accumulated in the lower part of my eyes. I had high fever. When I urinated, it burned. I had pain all over my body, actually felt so weak.

Comment from: Nick0, 35-44 (Patient) Published: July 18

Dengue is life changing. I live in Bali so I knew what I had with the onset of symptoms which were as follows: extreme chills and a very high fever. After 12 hours, I went to the clinic for an NS1 Ag Elisa test (positive), then spent the next 4 days rotating between bed and the clinic for daily test to monitor platelet count which never dropped below 100K. Rash occurred on day 4 and lasted after fever broke, as did tiredness and funnily enough, depression! I was offered saline and glucose IV which I accepted and that made me feel a lot better. Dengue causes plasma leakage so you need to hydrate which can be hard (it’s the dehydration that makes you feel awful).

Comment from: Godsgrace, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I suffered from this horrible illness. At first I thought I just had headaches but when I woke up at 4am with fever I knew something was wrong. The fever, headaches and the worst feeling ever lasted for about 4 days then the fever left, My platelet count was very low almost critical. I drank the juice of pawpaw leaves which is not quite any official medicine, but it is known that this can contribute to increasing white blood cells and platelet count. Also my body itched terribly and now I am in recovery mode. I have horrible dizzy spells and occasionally headaches. During the virus itself you have terrible back and eye pains but it eases up after a while. I don’t wish this on my worst enemy.

Comment from: Woztj, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I just recently had dengue fever; I had high fever, excruciating pain behind the eyes and felt like had 2 broken legs and felt awful. I was hospitalized for 5 days, platelets went down to 48,000 and I had the swollen red hands and feet etc., seems like it can be worse for many. Now I am out of hospital but still struggling with intermittent fatigue, after reading some posts wish I had known about the papaya leaf use. I am still going to get some and try as I do not want to be fatigued on and off for weeks etc. I am surprised how long some people have said they suffered for, this worries me. In total it has been 2 weeks for me and I am back going to the gym etc., but is a real struggle, I feel weak and lethargic so much, I have to keep fighting it, but some days are tough!

Comment from: Aleen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I have lived in Costa Rica for five years. About two months ago, I had been feeling weak and tired and then one afternoon became quite nauseated. That evening my temperature spiked to 102.6F and I had a crushing headache. In the morning I went to the doctor who immediately suspected dengue and a blood test confirmed it. Over the next five days, daily blood tests continued to show the low white cell count. But I was extremely lucky because I did not have the terrible fever and pain usually associated with dengue. I was treated three different days for dehydration. The rash appeared only on my shins and only for 4-5 days. The most prevalent symptom was exhaustion and weakness. By the 6th or 7th day I was feeling much better and resumed my normal daily routine.

Comment from: Gk, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

I got severe headache behind my eyes while i was driving back from a long travel. Next day it started with high fever. Three times I went to the bathroom but it was not diarrhea. To reduce the headache I touched finger on the behind of the tongue to vomit once and took paracetamol 650. But the fever remained 103F. I took a blood test on 3rd day, it was ok with 250,000 platelets but hemoglobin slightly less. The fever came down on 5th day. I took another blood test. Now platelet count was down to 150,000. On 6th day no fever but the blood test said 48,000 platelet. With dengue rapid test positive, I was admitted at hospital. They gave me IV in the overnight. Next day i was feeling well so started taking normal food and no IV. I took 2 spoons of tender papaya leaf juice 3 times daily. The tests were every 6 hours. It was 43,000; 41,000; 52,000 and 72,000. The next day I was discharged as the platelet count was picking up. But on the legs there were red spots on the hair growth and some itching on the hands and feet on day 8. And the red rashes on all the body looks like my color is changed to slightly black! I took levocetirizine 5 mg to get sleep in the night to escape from itching one day. I was feeling tired. On day 11 I took another platelets test which showed 370, 000! So I stopped taking papaya leaf juice. On day 12 the rashes mostly disappeared. But I had some small headache and light joint pains. On day 17, I started going for work. But I felt my feet skin is slightly peeling off. Still on day 20, I’m not feeling well as before!

Comment from: coz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I spent 3 weeks in Vietnam and Thailand. I suspect I was bitten in Thailand as I didn't experience symptoms until returning home. The tingling lips and metallic taste with glandular swelling, headaches and fatigue started first. The temperatures (not severe but chills) and an allover body rash were next. My hands and feet were very sensitive with rash and it pulsated all night. I had diarrhea only occasionally. The symptoms described decreased after 7 days but dizziness, headaches, neck aches and fatigue and thirst continue into now day 13.

Comment from: Alan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

My partner and I returned from Bali on 29th September 2013 after an 8 day stay. On the 5th night, we returned home from dinner and as I got into bed, I suffered extreme chills. I awoke at 2.30 am with extreme fever and profuse sweating. I also had a killer headache. Next morning, my body felt like I had been hit by a truck!! The fever and chills continued for 2 days, along with the headache and pain behind my eyes. I lost my appetite and never ate for 2 days. I struggled to stay awake. Next morning, I felt lots better and decided to venture out for a walk. It ended with me collapsing (passing out) in a cafe. An Australian nurse was passing and came and checked me out, and thought it was possibly dehydration. I returned to my hotel, and my partner fed me up with electrolytes and fluids, and pain killers for the pain throughout my body. I remained in bed until we flew back to Australia on the Sunday night. I visited my general physician on the Tuesday and after heavy blood testing, I have been diagnosed with dengue fever. I am now undergoing further testing to see which strain it is. I am still in extreme pain right over the body, right into the bones. The tiredness is so extreme that I struggle to stay awake. All I can do is keep up fluids, take pain relief, and many vitamins, and sleep whenever possible.

Comment from: Bobbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

It starts with flu like symptoms, headache, pain behind the eyes and aching limbs. Then it progresses to bone breaking pain in the joints especially the hips, and very high fever. Then you feel slightly better for a day or so. And then I had a night where I was ice cold with a fever so high I was delirious. I then thought I was getting better and now have the rash and I am very weak and exhausted.

Comment from: Bix, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 05

My experience occurred in North-west India, in October 2012. In retrospect, my first symptoms were episodes of severe enigmatic pain (9 on a scale of 0 to 10). These would occur in different specific locations, limited to the limbs or shoulders. The episodes were of short duration, perhaps 30 to 90 seconds each. Since no other symptoms appeared, I did not suspect Dengue. This episodic pain continued for, I believe, more than a week. Extreme fatigue followed, with mildly high temperature and diarrhea. The diarrhea continued throughout the entire illness. Feelings of exhaustion and lack of energy, and high temperatures, and intermittent severe headaches kept me in bed for five days. My condition was worsening, and I was admitted to hospital, where the results of my tests for Dengue were positive. During four hospital days while constantly on IV drip, I had fevers as high as 104.5 and a platelet count that went as low as 62,000. While in hospital, the body pains lessened in frequency and then stopped. Recovery is disappointingly slow, characterized by lack of energy, with vertigo when rising at normal speed.

Comment from: harsh, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

Since last evening I have headache and pain behind eyes, slight fever with very mild knee joint pain. I wonder if I should go to the doctor for dengue test. I live in New Delhi where dengue is rapidly spreading.

Comment from: rani, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 11

My brother’s age is 15. He is suffering with fever for the last 4 days. Just now we know that he had dengue. Now he is admitted in the hospital. We are giving him papaya juice.

Comment from: RAJENDRAN, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I just recovered I guess, from dengue fever. I had 5 days of uneasiness and slight fever but still was able to go to work as usual. Panadol helped to lower down fever but platelet level kept going down three consecutive days, but after taking heavy dose of young papaya leaf extract by pounding or boiled in water, and consuming some concentrated amazon fruit juice, i.e. 4Life's RioVida juice, I feel better and experience slight increase in platelet level on the 6th day. I need to consume plenty of fluid and plenty of rest.

Comment from: Rich, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I have been going to Thailand over the past 20 years but this time I was unlucky. On 15 Oct 2013 on the way home, I became very ill on the plane and when my general physician sent me to hospital my platelet count had dropped and together with measles like spots all over the body, fever, temperature, malaise, sweating and loss of appetite it was easy to diagnose Dengue fever.

Comment from: deepak, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I am having dengue fever and the platelets count was 1 lakh. But I was not admitted in the hospital as I don't have any rash. But I am having severe pain and today in the morning I have given my blood test and now in the night I am having pain in ribs.

Comment from: gay prindle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I was in Bali a month ago for a two month stay. Five days after arriving I spent one night with a terribly high fever and severe headache. I am 70 and the age worried the doctors. But after that initial night I had no more fever or pain but I was hospitalized for eight days as my platelets were down to 70. They let me go when they were back up to 100. I have heard such terrible stories but my back and joints never hurt. I got very red knees and elbows and the rash was slight and barley visible with my freckles. I still get tired and sleep much more than before but I feel I was very lucky. I must mention that six Reiki masters were sending me curative energy.

Comment from: Vacationer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

In 2009, I was bitten by a mosquito at a resort in Cozumel, didn't think much of it. After 7 days, having returned home to the USA, I started feeling ill, like the flu: fever, joint pain, muscle aches, and headache. By the next day, I had very high fever and was delirious. I also experienced intermittent, but frequent, excruciating stabbing pains in my bones. Within a week, I was beginning to vomit blood, and I had blood in my stools. I was admitted to the hospital and underwent hydration therapy and oxygen treatments, because I had trouble breathing and difficulty maintaining oxygenation. I was in the hospital for 6 days, and when I went home, my legs/calves were swollen and very painful; I could not walk without help. It took about six weeks before I started feeling like I would recover and longer than that to feel like my old self. I just got back from Cozumel 3 days ago: I have a rash, a headache, and my throat is sore.

Comment from: Hemant, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I live in Delhi (India). Last year I had dengue fever. It started with fever and fatigue and within three days fever went up to 102 Degree F. on fourth day I had nausea and dysentery. I went to the hospital and diagnosed Dengue fever. My blood platelets went down to 20,000 and hospital advised transfusion of platelets. I was discharge after one week time. During my stay in hospital I was under IV fluid. It took more than 4 weeks to fully recover.

Comment from: Amvc, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I started feeling the symptoms on Sept. 28. 2011. I don't know where I got infected but living in a tropical area it doesn't take much. My symptoms at first were feelings of being tired and having a fever. Then it started getting worse. I couldn't eat, things tasted differently and any type of movement would make tired and dizzy. It took me 4 days to finally go to the hospital because Ii thought i had the flu andkept taking panadol for the fever. I only managed to get some sleep the first couple of days because by the 5th day the rash had started to manifest. It was HORRIBLE. My whole body red with white dots and the feeling of having many needles inserted had me crying. Right now a week and 5 days later I'm still recovering from the rash. My legs are still red but no longer swollen and the pain has subsided but have noticed my hands have started to hurt. I can barely move them without getting a "shock" of pain. What hurt me the most in my experience was the rash. I don't wish it on anyone.

Comment from: caro, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I am just getting over Dengue after traveling to Thailand. It started with a high fever, aches all over like a flu and a severe headache. The headache was very hard to get rid of and the fever lasted for six straight days. Loss of appetite, low white blood cell count and vomiting for two days. On the seventh day, the fever dropped, and my hands and feet got very itchy - I suspect the start of the rash.

Comment from: Laverne, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 24

My oldest son has dengue fever. I was told that the leaf from the Papaya tree works wonders for this virus. So I got some of the leaves, boiled them and made tea for him. The next day, I met my son sitting up reading the newspaper. The only symptoms he had was slight pain behind the eyes. The day before, I was afraid for my son. He was so sick. The fever he had the previous days went away. My youngest son also had the dengue fever the week before and had I known about the papaya leaf, I would have given it to him because I had to take him back and forth to hospital, as his blood platelets had dropped and he was having fever of 102.8. I read on-line that the papaya leaf is also good for healing malaria.

Comment from: Jonny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 29

I got dengue/hemorrhagic fever in Kanchanaburi, Thailand in February of 2011. I've had dengue fever before, but this one was not so much the muscle body pain. Instead, it was fever, chills, headache, weakness, shaking, loss of appetite, clammy damp skin, dizziness, dark stools and a rash. After four days, the fever went down a bit. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with dengue/hemorrhagic fever and was admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Comment from: sd, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 09

I wonder how long the eye pain and the headache last after recovery from dengue infection.

Comment from: Jackie, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 27

My jaw bone was weakened because of the necessity of digging out an impacted wisdom tooth. The jaw was weakened and I bit on something hard, the force of which the jaw could not handle and I fractured it.

Comment from: Dev, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

Since yesterday I got sudden fever, joints pain, headache, and a little pain in eyes when I move my eyes. I am wondering if these are symptoms of dengue.

Comment from: Errol, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I traveled to Thailand where I was bitten by many mosquitoes but thought nothing of it. Three weeks into holiday, I started having head rushes when standing up and put this down to the very hot weather. Then I developed terrible lower back pain within a few hours of waking up and walking about. A few days into the fourth week and pending return home I started what I thought was mild influenza. A day after returning home, I developed a major headache and chills, sore muscles, joints and pain behind eyes. Dengue Fever was eventually diagnosed and I spent 8 days on drips/antibiotics. I started feeling "better" after 10 days and was discharged.

Comment from: Chandu, 3-6 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

Fall in the platelet count is the most important symptom. For my son in the 1st report the platelet count is 1.4 lakh where 2 lakh is the minimum. Next day it dropped to 92000 and on the 3rd day 50000.4th day raised up to 72,000 after continues fluids given.

Comment from: Bruce P, 55-64 Male Published: May 29

I was traveling with seven others to Bali/Lombok in April of 2013 when three of us were hit by dengue. I was the "lucky" one with the fewest symptoms – the others had rashes, muscular pains, and vertigo. It was still devastating and debilitating. We all "fell over" on a Thursday and were due to fly back to Australia that Sunday night. We saw doctors in Melbourne on Monday. I was also diagnosed with glandular fever. My white blood cell count and platelets were down; and my liver function was a concern. I’m better now. The bottom line: if you are traveling to high-risk areas, take mosquitoes very seriously. Cover your body and use the right spray or roll-on. Be bloody-minded about it, just as you would be about the food and drink you put in your mouth. As well as ruining your holiday and costing lots, your life is also at risk. At 59, you’re never too old to learn.

Comment from: Healthcare provider, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I lived in South Florida at the time. This has been about 25 years ago. I woke up with pain so severe in my feet I thought I would die. The pain progressed upward in my body and took 72 hours to reach my head. The pain was feeling like my bones were breaking. My eyes turned blood red. I also had nausea and a very high fever. I went to see a doctor who told me I had Dengue fever and should be hospitalized. It took a good two weeks for me to get to feeling better and then several more weeks for me to get back to normal.

Comment from: Barb, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 09

I contracted dengue fever 2 weeks ago in Nassau (Bahamas). It hit me with an intense fever out of the blue. I was fine one minute and hot hot hot and sweaty the next. I had the most intense headache I have ever experienced in my life, and it lasted for 4 days. I could do nothing except stay in bed for 7 days, I could not eat, even water seemed to make me throw up. It was one of the most awful experiences in my life. My white blood count dropped very low and my platelets dropped by about 70,000...although I am back at work I still feel very weak and tired, and I now have a painful rash on my elbows. It's a horrible disease.

Comment from: Jo, 35-44 Female Published: June 17

I have seen three doctors in Grenada and am told I have dengue fever. The first seven days, I felt very nauseous and then I started vomiting. I endured a complete loss of appetite and I was very tired. Then the full body rash came, and it had me itching intensely and it like a fireball in my veins. Now, at day, 15 my hands and feet are swollen and still itchy but the rash is less angry. I had the chills but no fever and my muscles ache but nothing too painful. The rash is my worst enemy.

Comment from: Capt. Clyde, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I contracted Dengue fever while I was a Marine in Vietnam in. It was during the monsoon and I could not get evacuated due to the weather so I was sick and wet with high fever and then chills. My team mates were super and got me though it but it was truly miserable. Since that time and over the last 40 years I have experienced severe joint pain in my shoulder, knees, and elbows and treated them with cortisone injections from various doctors. Recent x-rays show a significant increase in arthritis in these and other parts of my body and I am finding out that Dengue fever enhances or promotes these types of ailments.

Comment from: Oliver, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I remember feeling weak and there was a very high fever. I felt chills and the fever was persistent for 3 to 4 days. On the fourth day I did a blood test under the doctor's advice. My platelet count was below 80. It was later confirmed as dengue fever.

Comment from: KC, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

More than 2 weeks ago, initially I experienced high fever at night while sleeping. The next day I went to consult a doctor. The blood test was taken and nothing (no dengue fever) was confirmed. I left for home, but vomited twice and had a bad headache in between the eyes. I was in hospital for more than a week, drips, and stomach felt bloated all time. My body temperature rose greatly on the third day. I bled when passing stools on the seventh and eight days and my gums bleed a bit too. I'm Singaporean and got dengue in Indonesia.

Comment from: cunningk, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I contacted Dengue in Panama City. The symptoms did not start until 7 days later. I am now into the 8th day of actual pain. It started with pain behind the eyes, neck ache, fever, joint pain, wasted feeling and a small rash on my hands. I have very high fever at night and break out into dripping wet mess that actually makes the pain go away for awhile. I have had the blood test and will go back to the doctor next week to take another blood test. I do not wish this on anybody.

Comment from: zz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

Dengue fever seems to be recurrent. I contracted it 3-4 years ago.. they say it is over after a short period, but I have intermittent recurrent eye pain, headache, flu like symptoms, muscular and joint pain. My immunity and energy levels seem to be much lower than before, thus I think it can stay as an underlying pathogen. I'm going to try Chinese medicine. Note take asprin not paracetemol to keep the fever down, as asprin increases the risk of hamorrage (blood thinner)-we were told that at the hospital!

Comment from: melodytt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

This is the 3rd time I've had dengue fever. I live in the Carribbeans. My symptoms started with red eyes, fever, body pains, and a rash. My fever was 104, and I am still trying to recover. I am taking a lot of fluids, but still had to get an IV drip.

Comment from: Lucy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I had Dengue fever this fall along with about 6-8 other co-workers, most of whom live in the same apartment building. My symptoms were among the least severe of the group (I did not have to be hospitalized like several others did) but I still felt like I had been hit by a train. Lower back pain, fever, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, weakness, etc. It lasted about a week and then I felt much better, but still weak. Now, a few months later, I am experiencing a great deal of hair loss, which I have been told is connected to the high fever.

Comment from: htc8p, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

This is my 12th day after getting dengue fever symptoms. It started with pain in the back of my eyes when rolling them. then came the fever and severe headache. Unbearable every night. Then zero appetite. I know that I should be hungry and eat but a few spoonfuls and I could not eat anymore. I also had some vomiting one night. After the 8th day my fever subsided after the 11th day my headache subsided. Now my back feels very tired. And I can't sit up straight towards the end of the day.

Comment from: testeddengue, 65-74 Male Published: February 08

We tested shots for Dengue fever in 1963 in the army. I am surprised it was never perfected after all these years. The only affects were that it lowered my body temp from 98.6 to 97.2. As a result I rarely get a fever. I do have to be careful of infection and try to avoid winter contact.

Comment from: miss, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I got dengue fever in Thailand in 2009 and was put in a hospital when I got back home. Got a rash that had RED legs with white spots! I felt so exhausted have never been so sick in my life.. Had a 42C fever and also lost A LOT of my hair (2-3 months after). I had no energy and was very tired for almost a year...It was horrible.

Comment from: Sri, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I have been suffering from acute body pain for over 6 months now, the first time I realized that I was infected by Dengue was in Sep-10, upon which I was under medication and rest for a week or so. Even took Homeopath medicine and within a month’s time the body pain reduced considerably and till very recently it was perfect, but the body pain surfaced again during last week and on lab tests the Antibodies for Dengu Virus Igm is found to be +ve and Igg is negative. It was the same the last time too. I do not get any high fever and my platelet count is also normal, but the joint pain and muscle pain is so bad that I just can’t get out to go to the doctor.

Comment from: Srikanth, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 01

Blood platelets both RBC and WBC including Hemoglobin levels have decreased drastically. Continuous pain due to body pains and headache.

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