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symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room
      #199442 - 07/10/06 03:39 PM

I have read that some people have no symptoms at all and some may have symptoms strong enough to go the emergency room. Is there ANYONE in here that experienced symptoms strong enough to go the emergency room and what were they. Will anyone share?

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #199509 - 07/10/06 11:42 PM

I went to the ER when I seroconverted....I was traveling so had no dr to go to - was shivering for days, couldn't get warm, my skin ached (come to find out it was from having hair stand on end when shivering), I was exhausted -probably if I was home wouldn't have needed to go to ER ....found out I had a fever that wouldn't go away and rash-type spots - we did not know what was going on - when they found out I had been traveling in Europe and Africa they kept me in the hospital to monitor - they ended up losing my blood test for HIV so I did not find out until later after I got back home about a month later that I was HIV+. It was a crazy time - they thought maybe I was having an allergic reaction to my malaria drug so gave me something else that made me puke, gave me medicine for a sinus infection that I had an allergic reaction to....When I finally got home - drove up the Alaska Highway by myself in early March - I went to an infectious disease specialist and found out...had thrush - ICK.
So...kinda strange...glad I found out early tho - I have been tested regularly and had to start treatment just 16 months after being exposed, if I hadn't found out I may have crashed and burned before getting it under control.

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #199518 - 07/11/06 03:05 AM

you are a dummy

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #199563 - 07/11/06 01:35 PM

when I got sick I was sick for probally 2 weeks straight. I felt like I had mono. I could barely eat a little something once a day, was so tired and whiped out. totally sick to my stomach and high fever... although no rash. I thought I just got a really bad bug.. then it cleared up.. things went to normal ...

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #199837 - 07/13/06 03:26 AM

Everyone tries to recall an illnes they had between the time they think they got infected and testing positive and then assume it was the seroconversion reaction. I really think we read too much into that unless it was proven medically. I couldn't even recall a bad cold between the time I'm pretty sure I got infected and tested positive. People can have the flu or mono like symptoms, swollen glands etc. that have nothing to do with seroconversion.

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #199921 - 07/13/06 05:21 PM

I first had a sudden onset of fever with some low back pain. I went to our "Walk-In" center, diagnosed as UTI. Recheck with my regular doctor 3 days later, feeling horrible. Anorexia, severe fatigue, vomiting, fever, rash on my chest. He did labs, white blood count low (under 2,000), liver functions elevated. Referred me to a hematologist, who did a workup for lupus (NOPE), hepatitis (NOPE), EBV (exposed sometime in the past), etc. In the meantime, I looked the stuff up on-line, and since I had just had my first and only affair (unprotected risky sex!), I suspected....got tested...eventually tested positive.

All that being said, symptoms or no symptoms, if you aren't sure - GET TESTED!!!

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #199950 - 07/13/06 08:27 PM

Thanks DJ...that pretty much sums up the experience of all the HIV positive people here. IE If you dont get tested you will never know your HIV status.

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #200053 - 07/14/06 12:03 PM

I had a horrible flu like symptoms...no appetite, fatigue...intense diarrea, night sweats and rash all over my torse....i am told classic symptoms of recent exposure to HIV...got tested...tested NEG....but it was too soon im told now to detect....but i was jsut exposed and body reacted....i was sick for almost 2 weeks...could have gone to the ER...but stayed in bed and drank alot of water...ate soup...had to force myself to eat...lost 10 lbs...it was horrible...

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #200058 - 07/14/06 12:14 PM

Sounds like you need to get tested again. My initial tests were 6 weeks after exposure, LISA poitive, Western Blot indeterminate. Repeat tests 2 weeks later all positive.

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #200093 - 07/14/06 06:02 PM

Hey D.J. you said you had an affair and was exposed. If you dont mind me asking, what has happened to your marriage? Is you wife going to stay? Hope ALL thing work out for you.

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #200119 - 07/15/06 01:18 AM

Question, you with hiv say you experienced a whipped out feeling of being tired, was that immediatly after sex? Also is feeling really tired a common symptom?

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #200144 - 07/15/06 10:12 AM

Ok guys....I Just Tested Positive is not about AM I INFECTED.
You cannot diagnose HIV from symptoms. Get tested.

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #200259 - 07/16/06 11:55 AM

You said you got tested too early. When did you get re-tested past exposure and find that you were positive?

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Re: symptoms stong enough to go the emergency room new
      #200333 - 07/17/06 09:09 AM

I had an affair - and my husband and I are back together. He knows about the HIV, and he is negative so far. I am a 44 year old heterosexual FEMALE - chose the wrong person in m little rural town to mess around with.

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