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MC...a word about my symptoms
      #8893 - 08/26/00 10:13 AM

You wanted to know about my symptoms? Here it is: HIV infection never entered my mind until, about five days after a high risk exposure, I developed terrible nasal congestion in the middle of a hot summer. I wasn't necessarily worried about HIV until I began to think of why in the world I was having nasal congestion. Then I remembered having sex with a commercial sex worker days earlier. I didn't know much about HIV. I then began to obsess with being exposed and I researched the symptoms. My nasal congestion persisted for about one week and cleared up. For the next two weeks, I was waiting for symptoms to onset. During this period, I began to have aches and weakness in my leg joints. I lost my appetite (Not out of illness but most likely from anxiety). With this obsession, I began taking my temperature every half hour. At times my temperature would be fine, but minutes later it was at 99.6 or 100. Then it would drop again. I then began to have small headaches during the same period (I rarely have headaches). I felt an overwhelming amount of fatigue. I wanted to nap or be in bed all the time. I withdrew from family and social situations. When I would nap or sleep, the weakness in my body would increase and I would have these strange "hot flashes" and dizzy spells (Never had these before either). During the 3rd and 4th week, I felt as though a sore throat was coming on, especially after researching HIV symptoms. I really freaked out. I started to feel for swollen lymph nodes all the time. My dizziness increased, fatigue increased. My finger on my right hand began to twitch for long and short periods. Then, every morning during this time, my stomach (digestive system) felt uneasy (similar to when you eat bad foo or before a bout with a stomach virus). It would grumble. I was already thinking was HIV, but then I REALLY began to think it was HIV. I was always tired but couldn't sleep. I began to feel "queezy". Then, I had one incident (only one time) of diarrhia. By this time, I knew I was dead. Towards the beginning of the 4th week, my tongue began to have small throbs. I woke to find my tongue was coated in white and had white bumps on the back. Freaked me out again. So, I researched and...what do you know...candidas. (Although I did not know at the time, it wasn't candidas) That's when I knew I was really dead. Headaches increased, dizziness more profound when I was trying to sleep). Then, at the end of the fourth week, I got tongue blisters. White lines on the tip. Developed this terrible sensation like something was stuck in my throat when I would make a swallowing motion. (Never had either of those before). By this time, I figured I was infected so...I took it as that. Depression and stress at the highest. For about two weeks after, I began to feel a little better. Found this sight. I was comforted some by the remarks. The throat problem went away. The tongue cleared.

I actually began to think I was not infected, until I got an pain/ache in my hip joint. So, I began to obsess again. Took my temperature and checked my tongue all the time. And, what do you know? The blisters came back, the temperature would fluctuate (never high grade but I thought it was ARS for sure). Dizziness, fatigue, and throat problem came back. I went to the doctor to have my throat and tongue checked. He said it looked perfect EXCEPT I might have a small throat infection. My tongue….it turned out to be geographic tongue. He believes it is stress-related. I thought it was great news until I read on the web that throat infection was a symptom of HIV. It started all over again. For a total of ten weeks I was obsessed with this illness. I wasn’t sure if I had swollen lymph nodes, but I thought they were. So, then, I began to have this small aches I my armpits (especially after I learned there were lymph nodes there). The muscle in my right thigh began to twitch. I actually even had facial twitching at nights. Dizziness, fatigue and twitching persisted.

After a visit with my primary care physician and specialist, I learned for certain that I didn’t ever have a sore throat, a high grade fever, swollen nodes, any other illness, or any STD. Most likely, it was stress related. Internet researching is a double edged sword. The research helped ease some fears but it also helped create psychosomatic symptoms. Guess what? After my tests, the same afternoon and evening, EVERY symptom went away. One day later….my tongue is fine. GOOD LUCK to everyone and GOD BLESS




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Re: MC...a word about my symptoms new
      #8894 - 08/26/00 11:17 AM

thank you for taking the time to answer me.
WOW, do i know that story. i am so glad everything turned out well for you, i have and have had everthing you say except the dizziness and yes it is scary ,very scary.
that is why i had you relate your symptoms so that maybe i could get some comfort in knowing that between them and your outcome i may be allright , you see for whatever reason i to am
stressing out thinking i have it , i don't have it , my odds are low but what about my symptoms etc, i still have six weeks to go to the 12 week point and while i am much more relxed then i have been, i still think about it every second of everyday,so my sinus' chest congestion and sore throat are starting to clear but what about this pain under my arm or by the point in my collarbone by my throat, what about these little red specs/ freckles i never noticed on my chest and shoulders(only a couple)but still there for how long i don't know but i noticed them now.
i pray all the time now and i did include you before did it help?...well you are ok so i have a shot and yes i know it is a big shot but it still is scary......thanks again, mc



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Re: MC...a word about my symptoms new
      #8896 - 08/26/00 12:36 PM

MC, in view of your low low risk exposure. I don't see you have a problem. 6 more weeks you will be free!! My 3 months waiting is extremely terrified. Anyway, good luck to you and others. Forget about the 30 months window period thing, by the way. Believe in modern medcine.



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Re: MC...30 months no way new
      #8897 - 08/26/00 12:43 PM

believe me i am not even interested in discussing the 30 month thing, wasn't me.
6 more weeks and a negative and i am done!..mc



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Re: MC...30 months no way new
      #8898 - 08/26/00 01:11 PM

Great MC, stay calm and wait for the 6 more weeks just to confirm.



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dizziness... new
      #8900 - 08/26/00 01:39 PM

Well the dizziness is tied into my normally very high blood pressure. While I was under stress and anxiety, my blood pressure was off the charts. How ironic it would have been to have a heart attack kill me instead! I am sure you will be fine. I know this is much easier said than done. If it eases your mind, please remember that I had a very high risk exposure (which I choose not to disclose). Yes, I DO know the difference between high and low risk, and all of the categories in each. In the future, I may tell the story but, I am trying to put it behind me so that I can heal. Remember, once you are tested and come out NEGATIVE, which I believe you will, it will still take time for you to recover from this damage created by the immense stress. Thank you for including me in your prayer, as you have been in mine (honest). Take care, MC. Things WILL work out!!!



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Re: MC...30 months no way new
      #8914 - 08/27/00 05:19 AM

Again, this is a great example on how the mind can trick the body into creating symptoms!! Matching symptoms online will only cause stress and anxiety, which will cause all sorts of problems!!

Just keep in mind that HIV infection is rather difficult to catch!! Especially with a one time encounter. It's not impossible mind you. Just extremely hard. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Lesbians are at the bottom of the ladder for risk. Right after them? Heterosexual males! It's true!! You're more likely to catch any other STD than HIV. It's that hard. Now, be at peace and God Bless!!!



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Re: MC...a word about my symptoms new
      #239335 - 05/16/08 01:08 AM

Hey there MC, yeah I pretty much understand your current situation, mine is somewhat similar but hopefully it will work as a heads-up for all the folks that participate in this bulletin board. Here it goes. On 3/31/08 I had an encounter with this sex worker, there was no penetration whatsoever, it was only oral protected sex, wearing a condom at all times. It may sound stupid what I say but what I'm actually concerned about is the fact of acquiring the nasty virus through kissing. At the moment I had a minor bruise or bump on my upper lip due to brushing my teeth, and this girl, at the end of the intercourse she told she was HIV+ for the last 6 years and that she had an open soar on her mouth as well. Unfortunately enough,after the first 3 or 4 days after the encounter I started to fell very unexpected joint and muscle aches all around my body, I freaked out a lot and started looking out for literature about HIV skimming the internet like crazy to find possible answers for me not to get infected. 5 days after the exposure I went to kaiser and the doctor told me that my chances of getting infected were probably 1 out of 500,000, and he also told me that even if both individuals have open soars the risk is somewhat minimal compared to other means of infection. I felt ok by then, but my stress and my psychologic situation went even worse. i keep checking my body every day at every moment to see if there is anything unusual. The muscle aches and the illness on my joints lasted for about 3 or 4 weeks. I took an ELIZA test a week after the exposure and it came -. A month after the exposure took another test and it came -. SO far I have seen 5 different doctors, they all come up with the same answer, You will be just fine, I can even bet on it, and they all laugh at my situation. The problem is having such a devastating emotional tragedy were you don't know if you actually have or not. And just recently, I just touched my neck on the right side and I found out that some pea sized pebbles can be felt through my skin without being even visible to the naked eye on my skin, it doesn't even make a relief on my skin, and something around the lowerright side of my jaw is also getting somewhat swollen. I have no clue if this is just paranoia, or if it is actually the infection taking place. God forbid!!! I would really appreciate if anybody can provide me with some feedback. Thank you guys, God Bless you all, and have a safe and healthy life...

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