Fever Is Accompanied By Abdominal Pain, Chills, Body Weakness And No Appetite?
Hello, my 65-year-old father is currently experiencing symptoms of fever, chills, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, when the legs are not shivering to stand up. What kind of illness is this? Then better to go to a specialist? Please answer, I’m very worried about his condition.
Good afternoon, thanks for the question
Fever occurs when the area in the brain that works as a thermostat changes the set point of normal body temperature to be higher. When this happens the patient will complain of shivering to produce more heat so that the body temperature rises.
An increase in body temperature can be caused by:
1. Viral infection
2. Bacterial infection
3. Certain inflammatory conditions such as joint inflammation
4. Malignant tumors
5. Certain medications
Because currently the peak incidence of dengue hemorrhagic fever, the complaints of high fever and chills that occur suddenly less than 3 days can be suspected due to dengue virus infection.
Complaints of dengue fever include:
1. High fever, sudden, continuous for 2-7 days.
2. Manifestations of bleeding, such as: red spots on the skin, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, bloody vomiting, or bloody bowel movements.
3. Symptoms of headache, myalgia, arthralgia, retroorbital pain.
4. Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain (usually in the pit of the stomach or under the ribs)
5. Sometimes accompanied by local symptoms, such as swallowing pain, coughing, runny nose.
Specific fever management will be based on the underlying cause that is enforced through physical examination and support if needed. Therefore consult this condition with your doctor to be able to do further tests.
While what can be done is to maintain hydration by consuming more water than usual and taking a fever-reducing drug that is paracetamol when having a fever above 38 degrees Celsius.
That's all, hope you can help