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Are patients with sepsis lethargic ?

Are patients with sepsis lethargic ?

Yes: Sepsis is systemic manifestation of infection, potentially affecting multiple organs. Patients can be lethargic, sleepy, even unresponsive. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Infection in the blood is also known as Sepsis. Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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I had sepsis two months ago. I still have daily headaches and fatigue easily. Should I be worried about it returning?

I had sepsis two months ago. I still have daily headaches and fatigue easily. Should I be worried about it returning?

"sepsis" ?: Assuming you refer to sepsis secondary to a vaginal infection, once treated successfully should not return unless similar causes for the initial infection are duplicated. See your healthcare provider for an exam and thorough physical, since there are other explanations for your symptoms which are possible. ...Read more

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I had sepsis 2 months ago. I still get daily headaches and fatigue. I've also noticed my vision has gotten worse. Should I be concerned about it returning?

I had sepsis 2 months ago. I still get daily headaches and fatigue. I've also noticed my vision has gotten worse. Should I be concerned about it returning?

None: with your vision getting worse, you may need new eyeglasses. I recommend that you see the eye doctor this week. The daily headaches could be caused by straining to see things, watching TV, reading, texting, social media. The fatigue could be from anemia. blood test - complete blood count with differential would be helpful. A diary of headaches (location, duration, when, sensitivity to light) ...Read more

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How long does fussiness associated with sepsis last?

How long does fussiness associated with sepsis last?

Sepsis: Fussiness in a child with sepsis is a non-specific symptom. In a child who does not possess the verbal skills yet to explain how they feel, this in part is their way of letting us know they do not feel well. Duration of fussiness might vary based upon underlying cause of sepsis, the organ systems involved, the child's underlying disposition, and the environmental stressors. ...Read more

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How long does irritability associated with sepsis last?

How long does irritability associated with sepsis last?

Variable: There can be a delirium that occurs with sepsis especially as a person becomes older that is quite distressing to family members. It can last as long as 2 weeks depending on the overall severity of the episode of illness. A few days is not uncommon in hospitalized patients. ...Read more

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How long does sepsis last?

How long does sepsis last?

It depends: Some may be cured of it while others may not. It depends on the age, and health of the individual. It also depends timely appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney , liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more

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Lowgrade fever 3 days now, lethargic, tylenol helps a little. Some cough/congestion but not much. It has never lasted this long, any ideas?

Lowgrade fever 3 days now, lethargic, tylenol helps a little. Some cough/congestion but not much. It has never lasted this long, any ideas?

URI - germ vs host: Illness results from two factors: the germ causing it and the patient fighting it. Probably you have an Upper Respiratory tract Infection (URI) and your body is trying to fight it off. I suspect a virus of the hundreds of different causes. If you're low on sleep, not eating right, stressed, smoking/drinking alcohol- all of those will make it harder for you to fight something off. Try to see a doc. ...Read more

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Been on doxepin for 12 yrs was doing slow tapering but suddenly stopped, how long does withdrawal symptoms last? Symptoms r dizzy headaches lethargic

Been on doxepin for 12 yrs was doing slow tapering but suddenly stopped, how long does withdrawal symptoms last? Symptoms r dizzy headaches  lethargic

Maybe not withdrawal: If you indeed tapered over a period of time it might not be withdrawal. The symptoms you are describing can be ones that occur with hyperventilation and anxiety. See your primary care provider ...Read more

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Stopped taking Excedrin and quit drinking coffee an have had ongoing headaches and body aches lethargy are flu-like. How long will this last?

Stopped taking Excedrin and quit drinking coffee an have had ongoing headaches and body aches lethargy are flu-like. How long will this last?

Caffeine withdrawal: It sounds as if you're withdrawing from caffeine, which is in both excedrin and coffee. The headaches can last 48 hours, and the other symptoms (body aches, nausea, sometimes dysphoria, mental fogginess, etc) can last 2-3 days to a week depending on how much caffeine you're accustomed to taking/day. You should come back to center from there, though. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Todd Zimmerman
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Listlessness (Definition)

Means something like unanimated, having poor energy and feeling apathetic. For example if it is a very hot day and you are tired and don't feel you have the energy to do things, you might say that you are feeling listless. In mental health, having a strong sense of listlessness not related to hot weather, etc., can indicate a sense of hopelessness, ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more