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I'm 30. Got a sore throat, stuffy ears and nose and spitting up stuff since Saturday. On Saturday I had a 101.7 rectal temp. It goes down with ibuprofen and I feel great and then it comes back. The highest it is now, rectal is about 99.8-100. And no Motrin today.
I went to the doctor. They ran a strep and flu test. I have neither. Prescribed antibiotics and started them last night.
I had aches on Saturday and Sunday. Those have gone.
Very worried about fever being something like cancer of the blood!!!!!
Help!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.

your fever is not being caused by a cancer.

you have a bad viral infection or a bacterial infection in your sinuses.

I'm glad you have started a course of antibiotics.

you don't have to worry about cancer causing your fever.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I read online about leukemia causing a ever. And I have cold symtpoms and low grade temperature.
Would a leukemia temp subside with ibuprofen and I feel awesome in between medicine taking?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
your doctors I'm sure have done blood work already to check your white blood cell counts. this blood test would have showed every elevated WBC counts if you had leukemia.

ibuprofen would not help with a leukemia fever

you are letting your anxiety get out of control with worry about leukemia here.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They didn't do a blood test. They pricked my finger only to test for Mono.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
well, if you had a blood test, I bet your WBC count would not show leukemia.

you would have other symptoms if you had leukemia

you don't need to worry about leukemia.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. I have an appetite and energy. I just check my temp a few times a day now and it's 99-100 rectally.
What kind of fever does leukemia present with? Symptoms?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
you don't need to be worried about these symptoms

will only worsens your anxiety

leukemia will take away your appetite and energy and cause severe fatigue and cause problems with other blood levels like low platelets and low red cell counts which can cause bruising and fatigue and bruises which don't' heal

you don't have to look out for these symptoms

leukemias are rare cancers

you are letting your anxiety get out of control with worry here.

let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. My son had a fever last weekend that lasted 3 days then a cold started. Now I have something and today my husband is coughing.
Maybe it's viral.
I keep taking my temperature througout the day and it's 98 when I wake up then 99s when I'm moving around. Stressful.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
your symptoms sound viral.

you don't need to keep taking your temperature

this is a manifestation of your excessive anxiety symptoms.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What does a finger prick and blood in a little tube test for? Would that show blood counts?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
it would depend on what testing your doctor ordered for that blood.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. They just tested in office for mono I think but I didn't know if that shows elevated counts to represent mono
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
get a copy of your doctors blood test reports.

I would be happy to help you review them.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I called. She explained that if I had lymphoma or leukemia that the mono test would have read positive even thoigh I didn't have mono. And the test was negative. Which means my blood showed nothing.
Is that accurate
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
no.

mono test just checks for mono

a CBC complete blood count includes WBC count and if that is normal then you don't have leukemia

there are no blood tests to check for lymphoma

but you don't have lymphoma or leukemia. since you have good energy and good appetite and are not loosing weight.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. Thanks.
She's a nurse practitioner and I feel like her information isn't accurate.
About 2 months ago I had a full blood work done through my obgyn. They check all hormones levels too. That was normal. So hopefully this is just the virus circling my house.
Yeah. I was tired for the first two days. But feeling a little better.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry last question...stuffy was and ears and sore throat wouldn't be a leukemia sign with ever right? Does it usually present with with tiredness and fever alone?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
right.

those are not signs of leukemia

they are signs of a cold or viral infection.

leukemia never presents with just tiredness and fever alone

you don't have to worry about leukemia

let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I should have re read that. It made no sense.
My point was...leukemia would present with fever tired ness weight loss ECT. And wouldn't be sore throat and cough and post nasal drip.
Also, wouldn't it be a very malaise feeling?
My anxiety just takes over. A girl I know had leukemia and she was very "run down" and exhausted.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
leukemia would present with more symptoms than just fever and fatigue. you would have weight loss, bruising, anemia, loss of appetite, and more symptoms.

and leukemia doesn't cause sore throat and runny nose.

leukemia cause you to not be able to get out of bed.