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Old 11-30-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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My daughter has just not been herself lately. About a week ago she woke up complaining on her legs hurting and I could tell she just didn't feel good, she ran a low grade fever all that day. I was convinced she had the flu but she woke up the next morning feeling fine. Fast forward to yesterday morning she wakes up again complaining of her legs hurting, again running a low grade fever but with a new symptom, her whole face was swollen. I gave her motrin and in about an hour she seem to feel better, the face swelling was gone but most of the day she just wanted to lay around. Today she is still complaining about feeling tired and running a low grade fever. This is really worrying me to death, I went on and made a Dr's appointment for tomorrow. Do you think I am over reacting or am I right to go on and take her?

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take her to the dr and request bloodwork mama. please keep us posted. has she had a fever for the whole week? is it coming and going?
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:07 PM   #3
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I'd definitely take her in. Doesn't sound like anything I'm familiar with, but something that a doctor should look into.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:07 PM   #4
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I would definatly take her in. I don't think you are over-reacting at all. Those symptoms would concern me as well! Keep us posted!
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:15 PM   #5
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Listen to those instincts mama, they are there for a reason. And if you don't like the answers from the doctor, always remember you can get a second (or third) opinion. Your job as her mama is to be an advocate for her health and safety.

I'm not trying to scare you at all, but I ignored my own instincts this past summer that something was off with my 3yo ds. He suddenly looked really chubby in his face and belly compared to how he normally looked and just was not acting like himself. Anyone I mentioned to about his changes acted like I was being silly and that it was normal. It turned out he has an autoimmune kidney disease that we did not find out about until he was seriously ill. Luckily he is right now fine with his treatments and a really great specialist. I kick myself a lot for not having him checked out when I first noticed that things were "off" and ignoring my instincts.

I hope it is something simple and that your dd is fine. Big hugs!
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:57 AM   #6
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We're back, they did a blood test in the dr's office and said everything was normal except her hemoglobin is 9.2 and should be at least 10. Dr said I may want to get that rechecked and scheduled for us to get that done Thursday. He didn't seem very concerned. She takes vitamins daily with iron. I know nothing about this, how concerned should I be?
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:13 PM   #7
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So glad to hear the blood work was ok! I was kinda scared. Those symptoms mimic my mother's stories of rheumatic fever at the same age. Iron supplements are often not properly absorbed. A few things you can do are give it with something that has vitamin C like orange juice. Also avoid high calcium in the time around taking the iron. Calcium can block iron absorption. You may want to check that she is not drinking too much milk. I think 16-24 oz is the range per day. Iron rich foods will always work better than a vitamin. Black strap molasses (the dark stuff) has a good deal of iron, dark green veggies like spinach, raisins, organ meat (liver), are all good too. It is actually hard to get enough iron!
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