The fever, if it occurs at all, is often accompanied by other usually mild symptoms, such as fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat.

"At this point the virus is moving into the blood stream and starting to replicate in large numbers," says Carlos Malvestutto, MD, instructor of infectious diseases and immunology in the department of medicine at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. "As that happens, there is an inflammatory reaction by the immune system."

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The inflammatory response generated by your besieged immune system also can cause you to feel tired and lethargic. Fatigue can be both an early and later sign of HIV.

Ron, 54, a public relations executive in the Midwest, started to worry about his health when he suddenly got winded just walking. "Everything I did, I got out of breath," he says. "Before that I had been walking three miles a day."

Ron had tested HIV positive 25 years before feeling so tired; fatigue during acute, or newly contracted, HIV might not be so obvious.

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ARS is often mistaken for the flu, mononucleosis, or another viral infection, even syphilis or hepatitis.

That's not surprising: Many of the symptoms are the same, including pain in the joints and muscles and swollen lymph glands.

Lymph nodes are part of your body's immune system and tend to get inflamed when there's an infection. Many of them are located in your armpit, groin, and neck.

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As with other symptoms, sore throat and headache can often be recognized as ARS only in context, Dr. Horberg says.

If you've engaged recently in high-risk behavior, an HIV test is a good idea. Get tested for your own sake and for others: HIV is most infectious in the earliest stage.

Keep in mind that the body hasn't produced antibodies to HIV yet so an antibody test may not pick it up. (It can take a few weeks to a few monthsfor HIV antibodies to show in a blood test). Investigate other test options such as one that detects viral RNA, typically within nine days of infection.

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MDI = metered dose inhaler.

Information from references 8, 13, and 16 through 20.

Therapies That May Be Effective for the Common Cold in Children

Variable, up to 28 days

High-dose inhaled corticosteroids in children who are wheezing8

One to five years

Budesonide (Pulmicort), 1,600 mcg by MDI with nebuhaler or 3,200 mcg by MDI with nebuhaler and face mask, if needed

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Advice about avoiding sexual transmission of Zika virus can also be found on the following websites:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Arthralgia, notably of small joints of hands and feet, with possible swollen joints
  • Myalgia
  • Headache, retro-ocular headaches
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cutaneous maculopapular rash

Zika virus infection usually causes a mild disease (with the exception of pregnant women). However, as Zika infection may cause a rash that could be confused with diseases such as measles or dengue, these serious diseases do need to be ruled out. Diagnosis of Zika will first and foremost be based on symptoms, travel history and exclusion of other diseases including measles, rubella and dengue.

The incubation period is typically 3–12 days. There is no specific therapy for Zika virus infection and acute symptoms typically resolve within 4–7 days. Use paracetamol for pain and fever if needed. Until dengue can be ruled out do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, given the risk of bleeding.

Serious complications from Zika virus infection are uncommon. However, based on research to date, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain abnormalities as well as Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Further information on Zika virus infection is available on the following websites:

What types of testing for Zika virus are available to test pregnant women?

Reverse-transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) can be used to detect the Zika virus during the first 1 week (in serum) to 2 weeks (in urine) of the illness.

Testing whole blood is a suitable alternative to serum, particularly in investigations during the first 2 weeks. After the first 2 weeks, advice from an infectious disease specialist or microbiologist should inform any PCR testing.

This RT-PCR test is currently performed in Wellington at ESR, Auckland at LabPLUS, and Christchurch at Canterbury Health Laboratories, with an expected turnaround time of 2 working days.

Serology is less reliable due to potential cross reaction with antibodies against other similar viruses (including dengue). This makes it difficult to differentiate Zika virus infection using antibody testing alone. Additionally, on 5 May 2017 the CDC issued a Health Alert Notice (HAN) sharing evidence that IgM antibodies may stay in the body for months after the infection, making it difficult to determine if a positive IgM antibody test on a pregnant woman reflects a recent infection or one acquired before the pregnancy. The HAN is available on the CDC website.

For these reasons, while a potentially valuable diagnostic tool Zika virus serology may be difficult to interpret and should involve a discussion with a microbiologist prior to testing.

Zika virus RT-PCR can also be performed on amniotic fluid, although it is not currently known how sensitive or specific this test is for congenital infection. The likelihood of an infected fetus developing a fetal abnormality is not known at this time.

Mosquito season is just around the corner, which means the U.S. and other countries are ramping up mosquito control in an attempt to contain the rapidly spreading Zika virus.

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I would think the fever should be gone by now if you have taken her in 2 times. If it's been more than 3 or 4 days, definitely. Especially since you're pregnant and can't afford to get something serious. I hope she gets better soon!

My pediatrician told me that 105 temp is when you need to get them to the ER. That answer scared the heck out of me. I keep an ample supply of popcicles on hand in the event of a fever. The doctor told me to give them as many popcicles as they will take just stay away from the red ones. If they eat red and then throw up they cant distinguish between blood and popcicle. The popcicles seem to work better for my son that the Tylenol and Advil and I dont feel like I was over medicating.

I don't think I know enough details to give an accurate opinion, but I have a couple of thoughts and questions.

1. how long has she had the fever, if it's just a few days, I would make sure she has plenty of water and sleep and not worry too much about it. Dehydration is very serious, so water is crucial.
2. if it has been 5 days or more, what other symptoms does she have? diarrhea? vomiting? lethargic? lack of appetite? cough? achy?
3. Those temparatures are pretty high, but I believe the danger zone is 105.

See if you can find the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum. It is usually at natural food stores, but it can also be found at Fred Meyer and maybe other places now, too (like Rite Aid). It is safe for ages 2+, and if it is the flu that she has, I think this will help her. At the very least, it can't hurt her. My favorite book on this subject is "Flu: Alternative Treatments and Prevention" by Randall Neustaedter (find it on Amazon). It would be good for you to keep the Oscillococcinum on hand for yourself as well since you are pregnant and might not be able to take other remedies. Hope this helps and that your little one gets better fast!

Tylenol temporarily supresses the immune system. As long as the fever never goes over 105, your child will be fine. The point of the fever is to make the body uninhabitable for the organisms making her sick, so as long as it isn't too high, you don't want to bring it down. Instead you want to give her lots of fluids and help her stay comfortable.

I recommend running down to your local health food store and picking up Dr Christopher's tincture called Kid-e-Well Cold and Flu Formula. I also recommend visiting for more information on when it is necessary to take your child to the emergency room for a fever.

may God bless your child and keep you strong!

I don't blame you for being concerned. It is always unnerving when your child has a high fever. I had similar concerns about what if a child's fever peaks during the night & I'm not aware of it. I talked to my pediatrician about it and he reassured me that if a child's fever is too high, they will never sleep through it. They will feel so awful they will always wake up. That knowledge gives me some peace of mind when I go to sleep at night while my kids are sick. Hopefully it will do the same for you.

I would just keep in touch with my doctor if the fever persists & follow his/her advice.

Our son was 2 when he got the flu and ran a fever 103-104 for 8 days ( worst at night ). It was miserable then and we didn't sleep much but he is 8 and healthy. Fevers do not cause brain damage until 107 or so and they are how the body fights the illness. Make sure he keeps drinking and to lots of snuggling when he feels rotten and he should come through OK.

You are not crazy to be concerned. It is very scarey when a little one gets that high a fever. Remember to keep her fluid intake up so she does not get dehydrated. Soups, Water, juices etc.. At fevers that high there is always the possibility of a fever induced seizure. I have never had it happen to my children who are teenagers now but recently one of my daycare children spiked a fever (during a simple bout of cold) for no reason over a week-end and had a seizure. Scared both parents. If your child's fever does not break soon I would take her to the MD. It never hurts to have them do a check of the child to be sure it is just a virus and not an infection. you can never be too careful with little ones. Also you don't need to live with this stress while being 4 - 5 month pregnant.

Sounds like you did all the right stuff to bring her fever down and I am hoping it is down now. Things you can do to keep her from getting sick in the future are to boost her immune system. Echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, vitamins A and C and zinc are all great ways to boost our immune system. You can take all or some, they all help in different ways. Keep her away from sugar and white flour, both of which lower your immune system and make you vulnerable to illnesses.
(and tend to make kids whiney.)
I wrote a book called Shopper's Guide to Healthy Living that will help get you started keeping your family healthy. It takes only four hours to read and has many great explanations, references and tear-out shopping lists. Good luck!
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My son was plagued with high fevers(105) all the time. I was told by a Dr. to not do the luke warm baths, but to take a cold wet washcloth and put it in the groin area and armpits. It worked like a charm for us. 106 you need to bring to ER. Seizures were a concern for me also, but he never had one(thank God). We kept on the alternating motrin and tylenol and sometimes all it did was keep it at that temp and not lower it. Remember, fevers as scary as they are, are they way their little bodies fight. Fevers are good. If it doesn't go away after a few days then call the Dr. again to make sure she is still in the same diagnosis. Also, wake her in the night to give meds, to keep fever down.

I am a Mother of two boys, 5 and 2. Stay at home during the week and work weekends.

My 2yr old just had the flu. We took him to the ER room because he was holding his breath off and on due to his body hurting all over. The ER said taking him there was the right thing to do. He to was running fevers that would get very high. They did a flu test on him and he came up positive. They gave him medication for the flu and he started getting better (not right away). He also ended up with two ear infections during this time too. The flu is lasting up to a month to get rid of all symptoms.
We were very frightened because a 4 yr old boy just died from the flu. We were afraid that we were being over protective. If you feel that something isn't right, take him in.
Hope this helps.

My 2 (now 3) year old was very very sick last winter also. The Dr. told me that they aren't really concerned in little ones until the fever gets to 105-106! Scary I know, but it is true. Her fever got so high that it made blood vessels rupture in her nose. It is so very scary I know - but they are so resilient. Fevers are a good thing. It means her body is fighting and that's a good sign. Just hang in there - it will pass.

Sounds like everything is normal. Take her to the emergency room at 104.5. Give her pedialite and water. Fever is the natural way the human body fights disease. It does 2 things, increase your fighter T-cells and your white blood immunity cells. The other thing is when we have a fever disease is unable to live in that environment so a fever actually kills disease.

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Je suis infirmiere à info-santé et BEAUCOUP de gens ne savent pas la différence entre les 2!! Des rhumes qui virent en grippe, des grippes musculaires ou des grippes qui durent 3 mois!! J’entends cela très souvent!! Tes articles sont vraiment très drôles et surtout pertinentes!! Merci

Allo Olivier,
Est-il possible d’utiliser les affiches en PDF pour faire de la sensibilisation?
Notamment sur Facebook?

Oui, elles sont là pour ça!

Merci pour la version pdf, excellente idée! J’imprime et j’affiche dans ma classe. J’en donne aussi un exemplaire à l’infirmier.

Mal de tête et mal partout peuvent aussi être présents en cas de rhume.

Juste un petit mot pour dire que la “grippe d”homme” m’a faite mourir de rire! > Le Scrat | February 26, 2017 at 12:12 pm | Reply

Bonjour!! J ai pensé à vous en tombant sur unarticle concernant le paracetamol.
Malgré le fait que les auteurs donnentun look serieux et scientifique … bon j ai failli abandonner ma lecture au premier paragraphe (l efferalgan fait parti des medicaments contenant du paracetamol, deja ça part mal!).
Peut etre qu il pourravos inspirer 😉
Continuez votre blog et vos super articles.

Voici le titre d’un article lu sur le site « Le »: « L’épidémie de grippe cet hiver a provoqué quelque 14 400 décès. » Dans l’article, on fait mention que le vaccin n’était pas trop efficace cette année. Est-ce le même vaccin au Canada?

En revanche, pas un mot sur les décès causés par le vaccin lui-même. Encore un complot de l’industrie pharmaceutique, j’imagine…

Depuis hier je morve h24 mais c’est transparent, ça serait dû à une allergie du coup? Et moi qui pensait n’en avoir aucune!

En fait non, la couleur du mucus (morve) est vraiment difficile à interpréter. La plupart du temps, c’est assez transparent, même quand on a le rhume. Quand c’est coloré, c’est que le mucus contient une concentration importante de globules blancs.

Globalement, le point à retenir est que le mucus coloré n’est pas typique dans les allergies. Mais du mucus transparent, c’est pas super informatif.

Merci pour la question et A+!

Pour le rhume tu dis qu’il faut bien s’hydrater…. alors l’eau peut bien guérir plein de maladie:O. Tu nous mentais depuis le début.

Hello.. instructif et drôle.. merci😆..

Sympa cette BD sur la grippe, j’ai bien ri 😉 Bravo pour le site 😉

rhume c’est une inflammation des fosses nasales ou rhinite par contre la grippe est une infection d’origine virale

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Histamine intolerance is caused by an impaired enzyme activity.

  • Enzyme production problems (inflammatory bowel diseases, food deficiences)
  • Enzyme inhibitors (certain biogenic amines, certain medicines)
  • Enzyme competitors (biogenic amines)
  • Enzyme genetic defects

Mast cells are part of the body’s defence system to protect against infection and injury. Mast cells contain histamine, heparin, prostaglandins and other pro-inflammatory mediators. A well-know unwanted mast cell degranulation is via an allergic reaction to an allergen which raises IgE levels in the blood.

  • Non-allergic mast cell degranulation is also possible which is then called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. One example is Mastocytosis which leads to too many mast cells.

  • Skin: itch (pruritis), skin redness/flushing, red spots, skin rash/eczema, hives (urticaria).
  • Gastro-intestinal tract: stomach acid reflux, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
  • Respiratory: runny nose (rhinitis), bronchocontriction –> asthma, chronic cough.
  • Vascular: vasodilation –> low blood pressure (hypotension), dizziness, fainting, anaphylaxis, oedema

Cascade of symptoms of histamine intolerance & mast cell activation

Bronchocontriction makes you more sensitive to low oxygen levels and so you may develop symptoms of hypoxia when for example room ventilation is bad.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Tension-type headache
  • Muscle pain/cramp, Frozen shoulder
  • Problems with speech, Stuttering
  • Hearing problems
  • Hair loss, Cold feet (the extremities of the body)
  • Tired eyes
  • Vision/Focus problems
  • Confusion, Disorientation
  • Tinnitus
  • Brain white matter lesions –> Vascular dementia
  • Sleep-apnea, Nose pain
  • Coma, Death
  • Dysmenorrhea

The production of Levo-dopa from which dopamine is synthesized requires oxygen!! Hypoxia therefore may cause low dopamine levels.

  • Cognition: problems with memory, attention/concentration, problem-solving
  • Motor control (Parkinsonism): unsteady gait
  • Prolactin secretion: low libido
  • Chemoreceptor Trigger Zone: Nausea, Vomiting, Lack of appetite (anorexia)
  • Mood: Depression

Your body will respond to hypoxia by producing adrenaline which increases your heart- and breathing rate.

  • Rapid heart beat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Insomnia –> Fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Migraine
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sweating
  • Urination
  • Thirst
  • Constipation
  • Vasoconstriction –> High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Pheochromocytoma?

  • Parotid gland
  • Thyroid
  • Myeline
  • Mouth (sores)
  • Nose (nasal congestion)
  • Throat
  • Etc.
  • Check if you recognize the symptoms of histamine intolerance and/or mast cell activation. Yes, then go to the next step.
  • Understand histamine intolerance and/or mast cell activation. Read, read, and read.
  • Register in a diary what you eat, which medicines you take, other possible triggers and the symptoms you experience.
  • Eliminate the suspicious food and other triggers.
  • Re-introduce the food/trigger after a while, in order to find out, if this particular food/trigger does or does not provoke adverse reactions.
  • When your family members have the same type of symptoms you could test for genetic defects in the enzymes.
  • Hypoxia can be determined by monitoring with a finger-pulse oximeter.

Treatment of histamine intolerance & mast cell activation

  • Remove your dental AMALGAMS (50% toxic mercury!!) SAFELY
  • Prevent leaky gut
  • Increase the activity of enzymes
  • Decrease histamine input
  • Prevent mast cell degranulation
  • Avoid vasodilators
  • Decrease aggressive prostaglandins
  • Increase oxygen saturation
  • Prevent the effect of histamine
  • Mariska de Wild-Scholten (2014) From too much histamine to too much migraine, TOO MUCH MAGAZINE 15 March 2014

I bought your book, fantastic.

I found this book to be very useful….. A must-read for anyone with frequent migraines.

Yes I would recommend it.

I’ve spent 9 years and visited over 19 doctors trying to figure this out and you’ve brought to my attention what is going on. … 1000 thank you’s to you.

I am so grateful to have found this book. I have suffered a great deal over the last 5 years. I am so happy to have information on something I have been trying to explain to my Dr for years….I couldn’t never figure out what was happening to me. I was so so sick, then after a contrast media injection, and the severe reaction for months afterwards, I started to piece things together. All the reactions to medications (morphine, codiene, chloroquinine, larium, etc) all the reactions to foods… especially fermented foods, soy, nightshades, chocolate, alcohol and to top it off I have celiac’s disease…

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The following people are most at risk of complications:

  • Children younger than 5 years old
  • People with chronic diseases
  • Pregnant women
  • Women who gave birth in the last 4 weeks
  • People aged 65 years and over

If you or your child are among people most at risk of complications and have symptoms of the flu, call Info-Santé 811. A nurse will evaluate your health and make recommendations based on your condition.

The flu virus lives best in fresh and dry areas. It can live up to 2 days on contaminated objects or up to 5 minutes on skin.

The flu virus is very contagious. It is spread quickly from person to person in the following ways:

  • By droplets sprayed through the mouth or nose by an infected person when they cough or sneeze
  • By direct contact with secretions from the nose or throat from a person with the flu, when kissing for instance
  • When you bring your hand to your nose, mouth or eyes after shaking the hand of someone infected or touching contaminated objects

A person infected with flu virus may be contagious:

  • 24 hours before showing symptoms
  • Up to 7 days after onset of symptoms, and sometimes even a bit longer.

Young children and seniors can be contagious for up to 14 days following onset of symptoms.

If you have the flu, avoid direct contact as much as possible with people most at risk of complications. This way, you reduce the risk of transmitting the illness to them.

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    Transmission of influenza virus

    Influenza is transmitted to a healthy person from an infected person through tiny droplets expelled from a runny nose or during sneezing, breathing or coughing.

    People with weak immune systems are more prone to getting infected. Once the virus attaches itself to cell receptors, it replicates in large quantities and invades the entire body.

    Influenza: phases of viral replication

    The first signs of influenza are felt after round 48 hours (incubation period) of the viral infection. The influenza virus originates and infects the human body in 4 phases. They are:

    a) Attachment: The virus binds to a respiratory epithelial cell membrane.

    b) Endocytosis: The virus wraps in an endocytic vesicle and releases mucleocapsides into the cytoplasm of the cell.

    c) Replication: Genome of influenza virus serves as a template using which each infected cell produces virus in large number

    d) Protein synthesis: The virus starts using the energy released from cellular metabolism to synthesize its own proteins.

    Vaccination for Influenza

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    Signs of motor system dysfunction include the following:

    • Difficulty starting movement
    • Increased muscle tone, stiffness
    • Muscle spasm
    • Tremor
    • Weakness

    Other symptoms of RSD/CPRS include the following:

    • Dermatitis, eczema (inflammation of the skin)
    • Excessive sweating
    • Fatigue
    • Migraine headache

    Patients with any chronic illness, including CRPS, often suffer from depression and anxiety. Skin, muscle, and bone atrophy (wasting) are possible complications of this syndrome. Atrophy may occur because of reduced function of the affected limb.

    Publication Review By: Eric M. Schreier, D.O., F.A.A.P.M.R.

    Published: 30 Dec 1999

    Last Modified: 02 Oct 2015


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    The signs or symptoms of leukemia may vary depending on whether you have an acute or chronic type of leukemia.

    Acute leukemia may cause signs and symptoms that are similar to the flu. They come on suddenly within days or weeks.

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    I am looking for comments from people who have successfully quit and the noticeable positive differences they have experienced. Like, they no longer have anxiety, depression, brain fog and etc., All I can find are the horrible withdrawal symptoms that I praying not to experience. I am wondering if those things go away or if the damage is done? I started drinking diet drinks when I was about 25 and never had any anxiety issues. At 26 or 27, I developed issues with anxiety and I am thinking this could be why and I am hoping the end result will be no more anxiety. Are their success stories anywhere?

    Yes…I quit diet coke almost 3 months ago. I feel better but it took awhile. The headaches and nausea were terrible for a few days and gradually everything got better. I’m less tired most notably. It seems like my memory is better. I absolutely am saving a ton of money. Hang in there. It gets better.

    Hi Leanne,
    Yes, I quit back in September and after going through the withdrawal headaches, my issue with chronic migraines and headaches is GONE. I think the aspartame in the Crystal Light I was drinking daily was a huge factor. I also have to say that just prior to letting go of aspartame, I also went gluten-free. So that probably contributed, as well. But I think I remember that my headaches went away after giving up the aspartame.

    I have struggled with some of those other things you are mentioning – brain fog, depression, anxiety, etc. I don’t know how much the aspartame contributed to these issues, though I am convinced it didn’t help. But I also have an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and the more I learn about it, the more I am understanding that food sensitivities of all sorts can (and usually do) contribute to these types of symptoms. So one suggestion if you don’t feel top-notch after going through your aspartame detox is to clean up some other areas of your diet from common triggers such as gluten, soy and refined sugars. The Paleo diet is actually a great place to start. You also might consider getting your thyroid levels checked. The thyroid plays a HUGE role in the body and literally affects the function of every single cell, so if it’s not producing enough hormone, you are going to feel it and what you are describing are very common symptoms. If you decide to get it checked, INSIST that your doctor check TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and thyroid antibodies. Many (most) docs will only rely on the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) but that is not a true picture. The Free T3 and Free T4 show how much active thyroid hormone is truly in your system. And the presence of antibodies would mean that you have Hashimoto’s, which is the autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid. Very treatable with the right medication, diet and lifestyle. If any of this rings true for you, or you are at least curious, then do some online research.

    Thanks to both of you. Today, is a week without any diet drinks or aspartame and I feel very blessed because I feel fine. I think it was the second day, I had a headache all day long, but I was also having sinus issues, so it’s hard to say which was causing it. My 17 year old son quit drinking them also (by default because I haven’t bought them) and he is having headaches, dizziness and some blurred vision.

    People have suggested that I get my thyroid checked because my hair has been thinning, also. However, I read that aspartame can cause thinning hair, mostly in the temple area which is where mine is and in six weeks, if aspartame is the cause their will be a noticeable difference. But, their is a family history of thyroid issues. My moms is underactive and my grandfather on my dads side was overactive. So, maybe mine will balance out 🙂 However, my mother drinks her share of diet drinks also, so I encouraged her to quit and she did a couple of days after me because she has other symptoms.

    Thank you for your response and all the info!

    I never had problems with anxiety until I started drinking diet soda in 2001, it has only been 4 days off for me but so far I am feeling a lot less anxious and my blood pressure has come down. My appointment with my doctor two weeks ago my blood pressure was 134/84, today it was 117/74.

    I have been on a diet coke binge for years. Being type 2 diabetic was one reason to drink them. I have been drinking 2 – 2 liters a day for about 5 years. I admit I’ve been hooked. I have a horrible memory and deal with depression. A couple a days ago I made my mind up to quit. I started having flu like symptoms, headaches, and body aches. I knew then it was the aspartame. My mind has been foggy, cloudy. Yesterday I started to feel worse so my husband and I came across your article looking for answers. He finally went and got me a 2 liter and about and I glass later I began to feel better. I’m really trying to kick this horrible addiction! Advice? Should I just stop cold turkey or began to quit them slowly? I now know how a crack addict feels! It’s horrible! Please tell me how to get off these diet cokes! Sincerely, Val Virden

    Hi Val,
    I had the same symptoms about 3 months ago now. It took me 3 full weeks of flu like symptoms….might even say worse. They will subside. Find what tastes good and go with that. For me it was orange juice watered down a bit. I think it mimicked the acid of the carbonated soda. I don’t think there’s any way around it. Just go through it and it will be worth it in the end. The withdrawal was worse than any symptoms I ever had from drinking the soda. It can be done…you can do it. Patty

    Pure Stevia only is natural and perfectly healthy. The problem the big companies have is that they want to patent everything and so they combine it with other things that are not healthy to control the market under their brand name. Like the person above said Truvia is not Stevia. Just check the label and be sure of what you’re buying and you’ll be fine.

    Thanks for the post. I am working on an article on this subject. I hate to see people going from Aspartame Poison to Truvia Poison. The Omica Stevia on this page is the only way I would go. It is such a great product made by a great company. Trusting companies like Cargill and Coca-Cola (or PepsiCo for that matter) seems foolish given the research available.

    I have been an gum chewer for years, Trident bubble gum. Some days I would chew 3 value packs, and some days chew more. I knew it had aspartame in it, but did not realize until I checked it on the internet. I threw out all my gum, and this is the first day that I have not chewed gum in years. I do have a headache. Noticed not as hungry. I am hoping my body will recover from all of this poison I have been ingesting all these years. The FDA is not doing its job. You have to trust your own body, and do what is right.

    I am on my 14th day of no aspartame. I have so many of the same symptom’s of aches and pains. I noticed headaches and fatigue since stopping. Not only drinking diet soft drinks but the chewing gum I have bought for years also contains aspartame. I was shopping for a new gum yesterday and I could not find one that did not list aspartame as part of their ingredients. Has anyone found a gum that is safe to chew?

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    One of the first signs of ARS can be a mild fever, up to about 102 degrees F.

    The fever, if it occurs at all, is often accompanied by other usually mild symptoms, such as fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat.

    "At this point the virus is moving into the blood stream and starting to replicate in large numbers," says Carlos Malvestutto, MD, instructor of infectious diseases and immunology in the department of medicine at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. "As that happens, there is an inflammatory reaction by the immune system."

    Photo: Getty Images

    The inflammatory response generated by your besieged immune system also can cause you to feel tired and lethargic. Fatigue can be both an early and later sign of HIV.

    Ron, 54, a public relations executive in the Midwest, started to worry about his health when he suddenly got winded just walking. "Everything I did, I got out of breath," he says. "Before that I had been walking three miles a day."

    Ron had tested HIV positive 25 years before feeling so tired; fatigue during acute, or newly contracted, HIV might not be so obvious.

    Photo: Getty Images

    ARS is often mistaken for the flu, mononucleosis, or another viral infection, even syphilis or hepatitis.