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What else could it be?
      #49396 - 12/16/02 05:45 PM

Many people post on here that symptoms of HIV could be a multitude of other things.

I guess I am curious as to what other things they could be?

Swollen glands in the neck, armpits, elbows and maybe the knees.
Generally feeling like crap now for 6 months.

I have taken the test recently but do not have the results yet.

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Re: What else could it be? new
      #49397 - 12/16/02 06:03 PM

Most infections can cause these same symptoms. Glands will swell naturally, it's part of their job as the immune system.

Here's a post that was on this board a few weeks ago dealing with symptoms that a lot of people on here report that are also associated with Stress. Even though Swollen Glands are not on the list, they are still a symptom of stress. Additionally constantly checking your glands, touching them to see if they are swollen is enough to cause them to swell and stay sore.

Symptoms of Stress (from the University of Minnesota -

· heart pounding
· headaches
· sweaty palms
· indigestion
· skin breaks out
· shortness of breath
· holding breath
· cold hands
· sleeplessness
· sleep too much
· fatigue
· nausea
· diarrhea
· tight stomach
· tight muscles
· pain
· moody
· irritability
· depressed anxious
· lack of sense of humor
· abrasive
· hostile
· nervous
· emotional
· forgetfulness
· loss of concentration
· poor judgment
· disorganized
· fuzzy perception
· confused
· lack of interest
· math errors
· stop thinking
· diminished fantasy life
· negative self-talk

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Re: What else could it be? new
      #49479 - 12/17/02 12:04 AM

Do not pay any attention to symptoms. They match stress, anxiety, and a thousand other virus's.

Good for you on getting tested. Symptoms practically mean nothing but just wait until you get your results. I know its nerve wracking and you'd be surprised how many symptoms will go away once you receive negative results.

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