Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fatigue or Chikungunya?

I've been feeling sick since Saturday and I still don't know what causes it. Last week, my eyes started to hurt like I was about to get a pink eye/sore eyes and I felt like I was going to have a fever. It went away after 3 days but was replaced with muscle and joint pains last Monday night. It started with my left thigh, then my left toes, left hips/waist, right toes, right hips/waist and left arm. I also always feel super sleepy and tired (fatigue perhaps?). Since I always get bitten by mosquitoes, I searched the net for more information about chikungunya and found these (grabbed from WHO website):


Key facts

  • Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.
  • The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.
  • There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.
  • The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya.
  • The disease occurs in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. In recent decades mosquito vectors of chikungunya have spread to Europe and the Americas. In 2007, disease transmission was reported for the first time in Europe, in a localized outbreak in north-eastern Italy.

Signs and symptoms

Chikungunya is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually ends within a few days or weeks. Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death. Often symptoms in infected individuals are mild and the infection may go unrecognized, or be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue occurs.


Treatment

There are no specific drugs to cure the disease. Treatment is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms, including the joint pain. There is no commercial chikungunya vaccine.


I haven't had myself checked by a doctor since I don't have a fever and rashes (the main symptoms of the virus). Also, there is no treatment for the virus, the muscle and joint pain goes away overtime. 

So, I  guess I just have to wait for it to go away...


Let's move on to my outfit last Monday and Tuesday :)


Monday
Dress: Forever 21 * Cardigan: Mango * Belt: Forever 21 * Shoes: Bershka * Bracelet: XOXO * Watch: Guess
Pardon my loose belt, I didn't want to squish my tummy :p


Tuesday
Dress: A/X Armani Exchange * Shoes: Gucci * Watch: Michael Kors

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