|An unusual problem
May 27, 2004
I have a case you might be interested in. I was given a presumptive HIV diagnosis by an HIV specialist many months ago, based on clincial exam and previous concurrent diagnoses. (URI, ear infection, pharangitis, trunk/facial rashes, extreme fatigue, folliculitis, swollen lymph nodes, oral lichen planus, malabsorption, aseptic meningitis, unintended weight loss).
The problem has been that my antibody tests have been negative--17 months post-exposure. Viral load tests were conducted 3, 6 and 12 months after these multiple infections. All undetectable.
I'm still dealing with post-meningitis lightheadedness, oral lesions, extreme fatigue, malabsoprtion, etc.
What do you think I should do? I was a health nut before all these infections and nobody has come up with a reason as to why I've been experiencing problems which according to the HIV specialist I'd seen, mimick acute HIV infection.
I'm really suffering now and have been for over a year. I really need your help.
Response from Dr. Pierone
It is possible to make a presumptive diagnosis of HIV based on clinical symptoms which is subsequently disproved on the basis of negative blood tests.
It sounds like you had a severe viral infection and now have a post viral fatigue syndrome. Most people with post viral symptoms eventually recover, but it may take a very long time. Mononucleosis (from Epstein-Barr or CMV infection) is a good example of a prolonged viral infection in susceptible persons. The best advice that I can give is to hang in there, continue healthy life habits, and eventually things will return to normal. Best of luck to you!
re: High Cortisol
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.