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Hallucinations and dreams from fever



Type of Spiritual Experience


Number of hallucinations: 28


This is truly fascinating.  A proportion of cancers - a goodly proportion - are caused by bacterial infection, viruses, parasites and fungal infections.

And the body's correct immune response under these conditions is to produce very high temperatures, because viruses in particular  do not like high temperatures.  As such any attempts to reduce fever is counter productive, even if hallucinations, and vivid dreams have to be endured.


A description of the experience

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Dec;46(6):807-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.02.012. Epub 2013 Jun 4. Beyond intuition: patient fever symptom experience. Ames NJ1, Peng C, Powers JH, Leidy NK, Miller-Davis C, Rosenberg A, VanRaden M, Wallen GR. 1National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Electronic address: names@cc.nih.gov.

CONTEXT: Fever is an important sign of inflammation recognized by health care practitioners and family caregivers. However, few empirical data obtained directly from patients exist to support many of the long-standing assumptions about the symptoms of fever. Many of the literature-cited symptoms, including chills, diaphoresis, and malaise, have limited scientific bases, yet they often represent a major justification for antipyretic administration.

OBJECTIVES: To describe the patient experience of fever symptoms for the preliminary development of a fever assessment questionnaire.

METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 28 inpatients, the majority (86%) with cancer diagnoses, who had a recorded temperature of ≥38°C within approximately 12 hours before the interview. A semi-structured interview guide was used to elicit patient fever experiences. Thematic analyses were conducted by three independent research team members, and the data were verified through two rounds of consensus building.

RESULTS: Eleven themes emerged. The participants reported experiences of feeling cold, weakness, warmth, sweating, nonspecific bodily sensations, gastrointestinal symptoms, headaches, emotional changes, achiness, respiratory symptoms, and vivid dreams/hallucinations.

CONCLUSION: Our data not only confirm long-standing symptoms of fever but also suggest new symptoms and a level of variability and complexity not captured by the existing fever literature. Greater knowledge of patients' fever experiences will guide more accurate assessment of symptoms associated with fever and the impact of antipyretic treatments on patient symptoms in this common condition. Results from this study are contributing to the content validity of a future instrument that will evaluate patient outcomes related to fever interventions.

Published by Elsevier Inc.

KEYWORDS: Fever, content validity, qualitative research, symptoms

PMID: 23742739

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