- CASE FILE
Mysterious recurrent fevers started in childhood, “outgrown” in adulthood, returned in middle age. Identical twin sister never had the same.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I started getting recurrent fevers during childhood, around the age of 7. The fevers would seemingly come out of nowhere, spike as high as 105 accompanied by violent chills. Fevers would last for weeks, up to 6 weeks at a time. I was seen by specialists throughout Johns Hopkins Hospital and underwent numerous tests over the years but no cause or diagnosis was ever identified. Most doctors stated that I would “grow out of it” which seemed to be the case as I had none of these fevers from about age 20 until I was pregnant at age 27. After this one time flare up, the fevers disappeared again until 2 1/2 years ago when seemingly out of no where, at the age of 47, I got a fever that lasted over 2 weeks with no other symptoms. Since then I’ve been getting low fevers, up to 100, every month or so. The fever doesn't break with Tylenol, ibuprofen, or steroids. Again I’ve seen specialists at Johns Hopkins Hospital including rheumatology and infectious disease and have undergone seemingly every possible test, but no cause has been identified. The fevers leave me fatigued/lethargic, and very frustrated. I have an identical twin sister who has never had these fevers. I’m now 50, otherwise healthy and active, working full time as a pediatric occupational therapist, practicing yoga several times per week, attending spin classes, and caring for my mother who has dementia. When I get sick it feels like my life is put on hold until the fever runs its course.