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Nov 13, 2008

Hello Dr ! Grettings from a cuban guy, First of all i will like to say THANKS for everything you do for this cause, words are not enough, and not only to you, but to all those people that support and help. Well, sorry for my English is not so good, cuase i am fromm Cuba, and my Spanish is much better ( ha ). I can`t be breif after everything i had passed through.So please i beg you be patien reading everything and please after let me your DEFINITIVE ANSWER ( I am going to teake it 100% ). Let`s started: ALl this started 5 months ago.I am 24 years old, male. . I got diagnoticated genital herpes 5 months ago.When i recived the diagnostic by a doctor, he order me a full text ( including HIV ).There was when my nightmare started. I don`t know yet why i had herpes genital for the first time, if my last relation was 1 year and 6 months ago ( who can all that time i had it without having any syptoms ).Well since them i said to my self YOU MAY HAVE HIV.I saterted related my herpes like it was already HIV. ANd i started looking in internet all kind of information.My sexual risk by now was 1 time unprotected sexvaginal with a girl that i don`t know her status ( that happend 1 year and 8 months ago since now ), but i started having syptoms since 1 year and 7 months after that releation.I never had remarcable syptoms as i remember of a 1st seroconvertion.Any ARS symptoms at all after that relation. I said was that relation cause i did a text of HIV before, and came negative( now i live in Canada, so i had to do it due to inmigration ( i could say that by that time i was also really worried, but i did not have any symptoms like now i do, since i started wondering and wondering ).Maybe i had the herpes since long time, just i dindn`t knew it. My text was after 1 year of my last relationship before ( so I take that NEGATIVE, as a starting point in a way ). SO i only had 1 exposure, vaginal, wihout condom with a 18 year old girl.SInce then, i haven`t had any other sexual relationship. SInce the last 5 months i had developed so many syptoms, maybe i a the only one that had so many, and i do think a single second i have HIV,i have been surfing in internet over and over, trayiong to match my symptoms, almost all the time with HIV.... here is, in order, acording to time goes in this last 5 months, since i felt great, and my health started going down. 1-Diarrea ( only in the morning ), and not cronic, but diarrea,no loose-weight by the way.ANd those diarreas chaged, sometimes was better some other great, some others so-so, some other not good at all. ALl these for 1 months and 15 days around.Now i still have but really few from time to time ( normal ). 2- Fatigue and depression ( i just wanted to sleep, i am a really hyper person, and i never felt sleep so fast in my life), in a way i made a depression, i was really depress, that is why i think i was sleeping so much ( that last 2 weeks ). 3-I had also the togue white, and my mouth was totally dry , desapear when brushing and after appear again that color all over my tongue( i smoke also ).My throuht started having a weird feeling, like it was closed, something was there, didn`t hurt me so much, but was a weird feelings that last 2 months, used to be harder or really soft, but most of the time there,comming and going , but most of the time was present during all that time)The only thing that uses to relieves it was the water, or smoke, or to eat something, then it was fine, but after started again, somtimes didn`t let me speak good,my voice was like weak.. was buging me all the time, was hard to speak ( i think was oral candida, but i didn`t have any patch in my tongue, was only all white, and that weird feeling in my trought ). 4-After the first 2 months i started having pins and nedles,like priks all over my body, that uses to desapear in minutes and after come again( legs, arms, left chest, right chest, stomac,arms,toes, ankles,even in my butt. 5-Sensation that my chest is burning ( that happen during only 1 week, and i had lot of scratch, wihout any spost or rash , just bunring feeling and scratching all over, specially chest, nothing more ).the same sensation less in my arms and legs. 6-Pain my my chest, like presion on it,in one side and in the other ). 7-In the beging i felt like i was drunk without drinking a single dring, confuse in the enviorement, but that went way after the first 2 months, i felt like a zombie ). 8-Muscular pain, not so intense but still, all over my body. 9-Psicollogical sypltoms, uff: really stress, nervous,sad,lot of anxiety,i am also i could say hipocondriac, just when i find somehitng abnormal i became really compulsive about it, all the kind of mental, feelings pain i had, looking hours and hours in internet, relating my syptoms all the time with HIV. 10-Now latelly since the last 2 months my feets started hurting me, like needles,pricks , or electricity.everywhere, also in my legs, the pain hurt the most maybe in the ankle, and goes all the way up and down. This pay in the beinging was less but now i getting stronger, hard to walk sometimes, after a long walk ( i am almost conviced that it is a kind of neuropathy related to HIV, but i am not a doctor to be sure ).The same pain in the back of my legs, like in the joint, down area and up area of my feet, specially the right one, the left is better.Seems like prinks, and sometimes are really painfull, all day, less or more, at some nights, also, some nights i don't feel it.The same pricks i feelt it also in my chest, left and right, swithing i don't have it since 1 month. That is pretty much all my syptoms doc( i think i don't need more ) :), seems to be quite enough to be worried about.I went to a doctor 3 months ago, and he told me taht i had anxiety disorder, he look into my mouth and told me that he didn`t see any candida, that was fine, also he checked the trought with a light and he told me taht he didn`t see anything.( I thought i had candida on my trought ).... - Acording to all my syptoms he told me : YOU HAVE STRES AND ANXIETY, and he gave me pills for it, that i am taking, paroxetine. it help wiht some syptoms but other not at all. The only thing i never have had, was fever, and swelling glands and night sweets, now everybody have the flu, i don`t have it at all (weird ). If you have reashed reading this so far, thanks a lot, i think i am unique with all these syptoms. lot of thanks for aswering My questions: 1-your opinion ? 2-who i could had candida albicans if i am maybe infected since 1 year and a half ago? 3-Can be posible to have PN, only with this time to be maybe infected ? 4-who this virus if there is any it is acting so fast with me( PN and candida, are when Tcell are under 200 or becasue medication in HIV+ patients, in most cases. 5-Can all these be just created for my mind ? ARE VERY REAL I SWEAR !!!!! 6-YOUR OPINION AGAIN ? :) I haven`t passed the text so far, because of the fear, i am alone in this contry, Canada, and my family is in Cuba, news like that for them will be just too much ( like to any family ). I am just really scared and worried about all these. I am suere that the text will say the last word, but i just need your opinion to give me green or red light. THANKS DR BOB A LOT, YOUR PICTURE SMILLING IN THIS FORUM ALWAYS MAKE A SMILE IN ME. :)

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Cuban Guy Living in Canada,

1. My opinion? I absolutely agree with the assessment made by your doctor. Your problem is anxiety, not HIV.

2. No. The physician looked in your mouth and throat and advised you that you do not have Candida.

3. No. The symptoms you describe are more consistent with anxiety than with peripheral neuropathy.

4. You are not infected with HIV.

5. Yes. Psychosomatic symptoms caused by anxiety, depression and stress produce very real symptoms. Peruse the information in the archives of this forum and you'll find many, many cases just like yours. We have an entire chapter devoted to "symptoms."

6. See #1 above. My opinion hasn't changed while typing the intervening four points!

My advice is to get tested. The results will undoubtedly be negative. Then yell WOO-HOO!

Dr. Bob

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