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I feel like a lab rat>>>>>>>>

Jan 28, 2002

Dr. Kull: I posted a question on January 15, 2001 "To Much Testing?" concerning the HIV tests at 6, 9, 11, & 12 weeks, I took another at 14 weeks, all negative. I had a full panel done on my blood work twice, both times one liver enzyme, and my calcium is elevated. I feel as though it is HIV and my doctor says no. I have had every symptom in the book for HIV, and it still shows negative. I showed him my tongue, he says that nothing. I showed him the red bumps on my chest, he said that was not a sign. I told him my joints were sore (legs, groin) he did not know why. I feel as though I am probably one of those "rare cases". Recently I was sent for a CT scan that did not reveal anything, and the doctor took more blood to check my vitamin D. What can I possibly do now? I was thinking on flying to NY to meet with you, as everyone around here think I am nuts.

Response from Mr. Kull

Don't get on the airplane! You're HIV negative. That means that your symptoms are not related to HIV.

Instead of going to your doctor, think about trying a different approach. Believing that you have HIV, when the medical evidence says otherwise, may suggest that a psychological perspective on your problems could be productive. This does not negate the fact that you are uncomfortable; it just may be more useful in terms of alleviating your symptoms.

So, instead of seeing your physician next time you get the urge, consider seeing a psychiatrist, just to get another opinion.


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