Patient Comments: Dengue Fever - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with dengue fever. What, if any, were the prevention steps you took, as there is no vaccine?

Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had dengue fever back in 1983 while I was in the Peace Corps (PC) in Tonga. I remember a severe headache, which was so bad it was hard to open my eyes and focus on anything, a high fever, rash, and muscle pain. The PC nurse took my situation seriously, making sure I had plenty of fluids. I did recover fully, and the Tongans told me I was lucky to have survived.

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Comment from: Vulcan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

I contracted the hemorrhagic version of dengue fever in 1993 and have been told that I am now the oldest and longest living survivor of (dengue hemorrhagic fever). I want to caution everyone that has had DF to monitor their pancreas. My doctor happened to be from South America and was familiar with DF. She tested my pancreas due to intestinal problems and found it was essentially dead on the digestive side and barely functioning on the insulin side. I have never been a drinker of alcohol. Through strict diet and pre-diabetes medications it is under control. Viral infections are a cause of pancreatic problems after alcoholism.

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Comment from: Jimmy Romero, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 07

It was suspected that I had a mild case of dengue fever last year after visiting Cozumel. Our resort had squadrons of mosquitos. After being home for about a week I developed the triad. Although never tested, several of my physician friends suspected dengue. It took about 30 days to fully recover. I do believe that we downplay the amount of dengue we see in our emergency rooms - especially the states bordering Mexico. This experience has definitely opened my mind to think about dengue with our patients especially during summer months of vacations to high-risk area.

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Comment from: Celia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I caught dengue fever at Christmas 2013. It is now mid-April 2014 and I am only just able to walk without severe pain due to the joint pain that developed. One of the worst times was around week 5 when my feet suddenly shed their skin. No one told me what to expect once I left hospital but the book "Surviving dengue fever" is very helpful at explaining what to expect day-by-day and week-by-week. I wish I had found this forum sooner!

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Comment from: goodboy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

This dengue fever has been my worst sickly experience. I got up feeling all broken, every joint, head, muscle and bone aching terribly. I could not stand or stoop without support. I walked like an aged person. The fever was extreme for the first three days but subsided. I had many CBC tests, platelets and WBC count falling low, but now slowly picking up once the fever and pain has gone. However I have itching all over the body. I used Alcolado to ease the itching. I don't wish this on any one.

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Comment from: Annie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I had dengue in Queensland in the late 1980s. I was very sick and in a lot of pain for about a month, then quite unwell for the next 4 to 6 months, then just not myself and up and down for the rest of the year. I now have chronic fatigue syndrome or post viral fatigue syndrome (whatever you want to call it) from glandular fever/infectious mononucleosis and the fatigue and general aches and pains feel a lot like the latter part of my dengue episode. I believe this is a second bout of post viral fatigue for me, maybe I'm predisposed.

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Comment from: Kate, Female (Caregiver) Published: January 03

A week after our return from Madeira my husband became ill with a fever and severe trembling, muscular pains, headache and nausea. Our doctor was unsure of the cause and took a blood test. A rash developed soon after. We received the results of the blood test two weeks later and found out it was dengue fever. He is now fully recovered. My concern is for holiday makers to Madeira, many who are quite elderly and perhaps unaware as we were that this mosquito is present on the island.

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