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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: Flu and rheumatoid arthritis

 theeastgate - Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:21 am

I have rhuematoid arthritis and have recently developed flu like symptoms. My wife and children have all had the flew this week with high fevers. I feel really sick, but have a temperature between 98-99 degrees. Does rheumatoid arthritis affect my body temperature. Should I not be concerned because I don't have fever? Any help would be great!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:37 pm

User avatar Hello,
I would not expect your fever to be reduced because of R.A. It is possible you do not have the flu at all. Flu-like symptoms without fever could be the result of fibromyalgia or the arthritis itself. I certainly would not be alarmed at NOT having fever. The concern is having fever and finding out the cause for it since infection is likely.

Best wishes.

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