|Severe symptoms negative at 21 weeks
Jul 13, 2011
Dr. Bob, Thank you so much for all that you do to keep us from losing our minds. You & God have been my only strength during this difficult time. You answered my previous question.. http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Q215998.html & I greatly appreciate itbut my severe symptoms persist & I am at my wits end! I have been to 4 doctors & 2 different emergency rooms. No one knows what is wrong with me. I know that you are going to say that you cannot diagnose me over the internet..but I need to know if I still need to consider HIV as a possibility. I am so scared!
My stupid incident happened January 26, 2011. I had a fever of 103 & severe (migraine like) headache for 1 day exactly 9 days after my exposure. Then nothing
I took a 14 week HIV 1/o/2 antibody test & it came back negative
Mid May--- I started bad lower abdominal pain. Urethra started to burn & I alternated from diarrhea to very soft stool. Urine test came back normalbut doc put me on urinary tract infection medicine. It did nothing.
First of June - started having severe neck, shoulder, & back pain. Felt like I had been in a car wreck! Started getting really bad mouth ulcers & arms started to break out in hive/rash like red bumps. Throat got really sore, ears hurt (pain behind ears & ringing in ears), eyes hurt & got blurry, testicles hurt & all joints started to hurt! Lymph nodes started to hurt (almost like a radiating pain). Coughed like crazy!
I had multiple blood tests done. Everything came back normal (SED rate, WBC, thyroid, inflammation, electrolytes,..etc). Doc put me on amoxicillin.. but it did nothing.
I took a 21 week HIV 1/o/2 antibody test & it came back negative
To date I still have all of these symptoms..but they have got worse. I now have white spots on my tonsils & all down the back of my throat. I was strep tested 2 times both negative. My urethra still burns & my lower abdominal pain is too much to handle. I had a CT scan at emergency room but everything was normal. Some lymph nodes are still swollen but most are hard (shotty nodes). Rash/hive like bumps are now on my chest, stomach, arms, & neck. I feel like my immune system & digestive system have both shut down! My body is trying to fight some infection ... but the infection is winning!
What should I do next? Do I need to have a viral load or PCR test just to be sure? Does this sound like HIV infection? I know you will prob say "symptoms are not a good indicator"..but I am scared to death. I am about to give up! I will send a donation your way thank you for any advice you can give! God bless you!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
You've been to four doctors and two emergency rooms, and had numerous HIV tests and a variety of other blood tests and a CT scan. All tests are totally normal, and the multiple physicians were not able to find a physical cause for your symptoms. At this point I would suggest you have an evaluation for psychosomatic disease. Your symptoms could be anxiety related.
Do you still need to worry about HIV? No, you don't.
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