Patient Comments: Malaria - Symptoms and Signs

What malaria symptoms and signs did you experience?

Comment from: tyedye, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

My dad suffered from Malaria from his time serving in Philippines in WWII. I remember he used to have reoccurring episodes. Out of 3 brothers that served, he was the only one in the jungles. In 1992, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. A few years ago my sister (8 years younger) was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Now within the last year, my brother, (9 years younger) was diagnosed with arthritis. We three are the only ones sick out of 12 cousins.

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Comment from: Alrina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

Chills, sore muscles, one hell of a headache, lack of appetite, slight neck stiffness. The first time I confused the symptoms with stress related muscle tension and headache and ended up in the hospital. The second time around I experienced the sensitivity of my skin, nausea, headache and muscle pains. The third time around, I experienced fatigue, chills, sensitive skin and muscle pains. I did a home malaria test and now I'm able to start treatment. Now I am wary and rather take the preventive medicine.

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Comment from: natie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I live in a country where malaria is endermic and I have suffered from malaria several times and the last time I had it, I woke up with no indication that I was ill. I went for work as usual but in the early afternoon I suddenly started feeling extremely cold and no amount of warm clothing could keep me warm. A blood test at the clinic confirmed that I had malaria. Off course I was not able to go for work for a week due to the same poorly feelings/experiences described by others above. The thing with malaria is that you may want to get up and work but the body is weakened so much that you fail to even get up. Worse still, your appetite just disappears! Timely and appropriate treatment is absolutely essential.

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Published: March 06

I contracted malaria from West Africa after a visit. My symptoms started as fatigue and later developed into lack of appetite, pain in neck and lower back, severe headaches, and strange dreams that were accompanied by fevers (usually). Since treatment, I still experience the strange/vivid dreams and feel fatigued. I have noticed that the side effects to many of treatment meds are dreams, but it doesn't seem to go together. I haven't had to take any more meds in more than a month. My glands are still slightly swollen, and the dreams are awfully strange.

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Comment from: Prepared!, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I began with the flu symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and feeling bad all over. Then the second or third day the fever began. I thought I had the flu. In reality, the malaria was so strong that I had serious renal/kidney complications. I work in missions in malaria-infested regions and contracted it with a prophylaxis. My recommendation is that you begin treatment immediately even if you suspect it's the flu. I also recommend that people purchase Coartem and carry it back to their home country with them.

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Comment from: Blackhawk, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 06

My malaria started as being really tired and weak. I started sweating and couldn't concentrate. By the third day, I was really weak and sick. I passed out on the streets of Hong Kong. I was taken to the British Military Hospital where I spent the next 24 days. My average temperature for the first three days was 104. I was mostly out of it, coming to occasionally when they gave me another ice bath. It took me months to get back to the strong Army dude I had been before.

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Comment from: Ejiogu, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

My malaria started with a bad headache, then fever and body pains, then diarrhea, then my hands and my feet burning all the time. The fever came around and then serious weight loss.

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Comment from: helga, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

Thanks for article! The treatment of Malaria should be started immediately after discovering it. It is very important to treat the disease because it can cause death. There are available several drugs on the market that should be taken in the early stages of the disease.

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