Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Malaise Overview

What is malaise?
A person with malaise has a generalized feeling of discomfort or illness that is usually accompanied by fatigue or a lack of energy. Malaise is a very common complaint that occurs with many illnesses, including infections, heart disease, lung disease, neurological disease, autoimmune disease, and brain disease.

What are the symptoms of malaise?
Malaise can accompany many other symptoms. Symptoms that may occur with malaise include generalized weakness, faintness, fainting, dizziness, fever, chills, body aches, joint pains, palpitations, chest pain, difficulty breathing, and confusion.

How does the doctor diagnose malaise?
The doctor can usually diagnose the underlying cause for malaise after taking your history and performing an examination. Testing may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Blood tests include CBC, blood cultures, monospot, and cold agglutinins. Other tests include rapid influenza testing, strep screen, hepatitis screen, chest x-ray, pulse oximetry, and sputum culture.

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