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Some of you may have read my thread about a flu-like illness then fatigue that wouldn't go away.
http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=82202

Well, my family doctor has no more options and I am looking for a virologist that takes patients, or any doctor who specializes in viruses. My family dr. does not know any so that's why I'm posting here.

I am in west Michigan so a dr. in Grand Rapids area would be great but I am open to any doctor that is within 3 hours drive.

Thank you.
 

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You want a specialist of internal medicine, not a virologist. The latter would likely be an academic without the knowledge to diagnose & treat.
 

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I had similar simtums a few years ago fatigued no taste I went to an ear nose and throat doc turned out it was allergies
 

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Virologist will not be of much help, as above, an Internal Medicine doctor may be appropriate, though he/she may just tell you that you have "post-viral syndrome." I had that and it was really, really, annoying, being light-headed and weak all the time. It diminished over time, and six months later there are no lingering effects.
 

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PVS is what my doctor called it, and that's what I'm leaning towards also. I'm currently taking 2 weeks off work, I will work at home for a few things. Other people have reported that 2 weeks of rest helps, but it also takes time to get better.

Lyme Disease was not one of the tests I have had. I didn't spend a lot of time outdoors this year.
 

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Not sure how ticks are in MI. But in my part of NC, I get them easily in the yard or walking to the mail box. Anyway, hopefully it's not Lyme, or the Lyme-like diseases. Although they've got a blood test for it, the false negative rate is incredibly horrible. If it becomes a possibility, make sure the blood work is sent to IGeneX. They specialize in tick borne diseases. But to be honest, a good internist would treat off the symptoms rather than results of the blood work (assuming that was the suspected cause).
 

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I spend time across the entire Midwest and MI has tons of ticks.
It depends where you go in MI. I am in Grand Rapids in the suburbs. There are paved trails through the city parks. But there are lots of mammals (deer, raccons, opposums) for the ticks to feed on too.

I believe in the UP (Upper Peninsula, eh) the ticks are worse.

I spent a lot of time growing up in a small town in the lower peninsula and playing in the woods and I never saw a single tick. Mosquitoes, yes, ticks, no.
 

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Some of you may have read my thread about a flu-like illness then fatigue that wouldn't go away.
http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=82202

Well, my family doctor has no more options and I am looking for a virologist that takes patients, or any doctor who specializes in viruses. My family dr. does not know any so that's why I'm posting here.

I am in west Michigan so a dr. in Grand Rapids area would be great but I am open to any doctor that is within 3 hours drive.

Thank you.
dang, I'm going to school to fill the type of doctor you need. if only this would have happened about a decade later i could have helped you out. I'm from michigan too, east side. the type of doctor your looking for is an infectious disease specialist, it's a valid sub specialty of internal medicine although they are pretty rare. try contacting the biggest hospital near you, they should have one on staff.
 

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It depends where you go in MI. I am in Grand Rapids in the suburbs. There are paved trails through the city parks. But there are lots of mammals (deer, raccons, opposums) for the ticks to feed on too.

I believe in the UP (Upper Peninsula, eh) the ticks are worse.

I spent a lot of time growing up in a small town in the lower peninsula and playing in the woods and I never saw a single tick. Mosquitoes, yes, ticks, no.
I grew up in the LP, never saw a tick there, even with all the times spent in the woods. Okay, maybe 1 tick ever. First time camping in the back country in the UP I found tons of them. They were on my clothes, on me, everywhere!!! I was pretty much sitting in the fire and was still getting ticks. Sheesh......

I use permethrin now and it seems to work great. Not too often do I find ticks now.
 

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Fortunately there are several world-class choices in ~ 3+ hrs.
Dr. Donald Levine I.D. (Infectious Diseases) Detroit Medical Center. If he can't find it he'll know who will.
Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak but I can't remember the I.D. guys name.
Dr. Luis Juaregui I.D. St. Vincents Hospital, Toledo, Ohio

West Michigan medicine is very lightly regarded in the mainstream medical community but they have excellent marketing and advertising departments.
 

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I don't know if this has been said yet but when I got mono (with no health insurance) I went to the free clinic, they told me to get lots of rest and I should be sick for the next couple of months. Well the facts of life tell me I have to go to work, so I did some research and found all the off label uses of vitamin C. I found lots of stuff, I don't remember all of it but it was from some pretty reputable sources. Humans are one of only a few species on the planet that don't produce vitamin c naturally (thats why dogs can eat all kinds of nasty shi and not get sick). and there was a team of oncologists who did a test with a bunch of cancer patients half got massive doses of vitamin C while on chemo, the other did not, the half that did didn't lose their hair or nearly as much weight and the half that did not. These are only a couple of the things I remember so anyway I tried it, I took 1000 milligrams an hour (yes thats right) every hour for three days, in the night I would wake up twice in the night and take another 1000 each time. On the fourth day I started to feel better and went down to 500 Mg's per hour after that. I was about 100% on the seventh day. So I just maintained about 1500 Mg's per day for the next couple of weeks. as I understand it the more sick you are the more vitamin c the body will take in before rejecting it, the sign that you have taken enough is diarrhea. Since learning this I have not let a cold or flu get me down for more than one or two days. and sounds like in your situation it would be worth a shot. Oh word of warning I bought the chewables and if your taking it that often you will get really tired of that orange taste really quick, if you can find a liquid version I would do that.
 

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Thanks Crashthefiend. I have tried taking large doses of Vit C and I think I couldn't tolerate more than 3000mg per day. My fingertips started to go numb, but I will try it again. Vit C is one of several vitamins that help your immune system.

p.s. I am looking into an Infectious Disease specialist. I didn't realize mono would go on for 4 months. When I was 17 I only had it 4 weeks but one's immune system is much better when you are younger. Now I'm 40.
 
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