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I am a 43 yo male and in very good shape. I regularly run

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I am a 43 yo male and in very good shape. I regularly run 5-10 miles several times a week. I see a nutritionist every 3-4 months, so I know my nutrition is very good.

I was at an Arizona lake on Sunday August 4th and, within 24 hours, I started to feel fatigued (I could barely stand) and feverish. I also had the chills, slight headache, loss of appetite and a shortness of breath. I will cough if I breath too deeply.

There was no diarrhea or nausea, but I had a slight desire to vomit. It seemed like I stopped urinating and defecating, which I assume is because I stopped eating and drinking. What little urine I had was very deep yellow (dehydration?), but not red. I would drink a little Sprite and some water.

The chills, fever and fatigue started to go away yesterday (Wed). I feel much stronger today, but I still have no appetite and am still short of breath.

I do feel thirst, and I am drinking Sprite and some water, but I do not feel any hunger.

Any ideas what it could be? I assume I accidentally swallowed some lake water. The waterborne illnesses seem to cause diarrhea and food poisoning causes nausea. I have neither, so perhaps I am missing something... The people I was with did not get sick, but they have traveled and lived in 3rd world countries, so they could be used to it...

Thanks in advance for any help...
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
Do you have shortness of breath only during exertion or at rest?
Chest pain?
Are you taking any medicines?
Constipation?
Bloating and flatulence?
Stuffy nose?

Thanks dear.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.

Shortness of breath at rest, so speaking is difficult when I have to inhale.


 


No chest pain.


 


I've been taking Aspirin for the headache.


 


I do not feel constipated. I feel like nothing is there...


 


No bloating or flatulence.


 


No stuffy nose. I can breathe fine, just not deeply...

Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
Thanks for providing additional information.
I understand your concern and it's my pleasure to help you in every aspect.
As per your description,shortness of breath at rest shouldn't be ignored and it's good to see your nearby doctor for a clinical exam,chest auscultation.
Further EKG,chest x-ray should be advised.
Possible differential diagnosis may include Chest infection,Pleuritis,Acute coronary syndrome,Viral infection.
If possible visit ER ASAP.



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Customer: replied 8 months ago.

Thanks for the quick response. I recently had an EKG done.


 


What would cause the loss of appetite?

Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
Loss of appetite can be associated with infection in the body and linger for few days after fever subside.
It's good to eat fruits and easy to digest bland diet for a while.
Also take OTC Prilosec/Zantac.
Even hydrate yourself with Gatorade energy drink.
It's good to see your nearby doctor for a clinical exam if your shortness of breath persists.


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