remicade and a positive urine histoplasmosis

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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 6/19/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on remicade, and every year my gi has me do this test.  This year I tested positive for it.  Now I have to go see an infectious disease dr. to see what he has to say about me conitinuing remicade.
 
Has anybody else ever tested positive for this?  If so, what did you do?

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   Posted 6/19/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
hey there.. this is the first I've heard of this.. let me do some searching and I'll get back with you.. how are you feeling? Do you have any cold/flu like symptoms?
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   Posted 6/19/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Ok, I looked on Mayo Clinic online and this is what it said: (you can also click here, and see the whole page)

Treatment

Treatment usually isn't necessary if you have a mild case of acute histoplasmosis. But if your symptoms are severe or you have the chronic or disseminated forms of the disease, you'll likely need treatment with one or more antifungal medications — most often amphotericin B (Fungizone IV) and itraconazole (Sporanox). The specific drug and the length of treatment depend on the type and severity of your illness as well as on your overall health.

If you're not a candidate for itraconazole or can't tolerate the medication, your doctor may prescribe fluconazole (Diflucan), another antifungal drug. Fluconazole isn't as effective as itraconazole, however, and you're more likely to experience a relapse with this medication.

Do you already have an appt with the infectious disease doc?  Since Remicade lowers your immune system, you need to get in to see him/her pretty quick... How long have you been on Remicade? 


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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 6/20/2008 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ducky! I don't have any symptoms. My gi called it a weak positive....anyting above a 2 is positive....mine was 2.6. My apt. is July 1st....that was first available. So in the mean time, I'm trying to find out if anybody else has tested positive for this and what they ended up doing.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
what type of arthritis do you have and did you have any symptoms and if you did what were they???? PR Glo

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   Posted 6/21/2008 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
central river valleys in the midwestern and south central United States are endemic for histoplasmosis - that is what i found on my google search! good luck...... just curious do you live in a river valley area?

chroniemomx2
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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have arthritis. I have crohns. But thought I would post it over here becuse I know some of you take remicade.

I live in Michigan. According to my gi dr. it is pretty common here...

No I don't have any symptoms.
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