|Desperate Incurable NGU, Please Help.
Mar 20, 2005
Hi Dr. Bob,
This is the 2nd time I am writing to you and hope you find time to answer my medical question. I understand that you have tons of mails to go thru. But hope you can help.
Here goes... 7 weeks ago, I felt pain during urination and noticed a clear discharge from my penis after protected sex with a lady. I visited the doctor, a penile swap was done which presented 10 - 19 wbc. He mentioned NGU and I was given 1 week of oral Doxycycline. The discharge and pain symptoms when away. But on my check-up 2 weeks after the treatment, the swap still showed 10-19 wbc. This time, the doc gave me 2 weeks of oral erythromycin and 1 week of oral metronidazole. Just after my second visit to the doc, a mild intermittent ache started at the right side between the navel and penis joint (groin). 2 weeks later, I went for the swap again and it still showed 10 - 19 wbc. The doctor then gave me another 6 weeks of doxycycline.
I am already more than half way through my 6 weeks treatment and was shocked to find the same clear discharge stain (shorts) in the morning. The mild ache between the navel and groin is still there.
May I know if it is possible that I have been misdiagnosed by the doctor as NGU? Can NGU be so persistent and incurable? It is possible that I have contracted HIV before my NGU diagnosis thus causing the NGU to be incurable? If not NGU, then what can it be? Can candidiasis/yeast be the reason for wbc in my penile swap even if my penis and groin do not present candidiasis/yeast symptoms?
Last week and till now (7 days), I am feeling a general ache rediating at my entire left and right arms and legs. No aches in my hands and feet though. Also, I feel discomfort at upper stomach and upper back regions. Do you happen to know the cause of these discomfort?
Thanking you in advance.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
1. First of all, even though NGU may be persistent or recurrent; it is not incurable.
2. I cannot diagnose your condition over the Internet. If your physician is having difficulty diagnosing or treating your problem, he should send you to a specialist (a urologist) for an evaluation.
3. If your sexual adventures were "protected" that means a latex condom was used properly and did not fail then your risk of HIV would be essentially nonexistent.
4. It's a "swab," not a "swap!"
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