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WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is ordering stronger warnings on four medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
The fungus that causes the infection is common in the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys. Patients should stop taking their medication and call the doctor if they develop persistent fever, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue
It just goes to show that we shouldn't be backward in coming forward with our complaints!!!
Thanks alot for keeping abreast of things Ducky
Hey there.. this was taken from the Mayo Clinic's Website.. You can find all kinds of info there.. as well as signs/symptoms, etc..
Histoplasmosis can cause a variety of signs and symptoms, many of which resemble those of other illnesses. For that reason, it can be particularly challenging to diagnose. Complicating the matter further is the large number of tests available for detecting the presence of the fungus — each of which has some limitations. These tests include:
Depending on your signs and symptoms and the severity of your illness, your doctor may recommend other tests, such as:
Wow, that's a lot of info and really informative. Thanks so much. I like to be aware of these things, just in case.
Never can get too much info! Thanks again so much.
We're getting a whole of rain here today and sure isn't helping the joints. Still would rather be here than down South. Although we are due for a hurricane here. I hope we luck out again this year and miss them. This tropical storm weather is about all I can handle.
Hope the sun is shining where you are and you're having a good day.
Thanks for the update Ducky!
Hope the weather is behaving for you folks!
Ok guys, now I am officially freaked....between this stuff with the enbrel and hurricane Ike....earth are we to do Seriously, I am a bit nervous about Enbrel, this stuff sounds kind of scary..do you think they will take people off this med? Not sure I want to keep taking it....but also don't want to go back to the way I was feeling before...Yes, I do live in Florida, which isn't in the area they are concerned about..but how can you be sure?
Enbrel aside...please keep praying this hurricane away....don't need anymore of these things!
Hugs to all,
There are so many diseases I had never heard of before. I worked for a major health insurance company for five years and recognize a lot of them, but don't remember seeing some of them. I guess they come up with new names for things as more and more people get them.
I live in Mass. so not sure if these things are a concern or not. But never hurts to be well informed.
I have an outdoor cat who likes to hunt and I worry sometimes about getting something from him. He gets his shots every year and has his own dishes etc. Guess we can only be just so careful. My cat belonged to my older brother who passed away two years ago at the age of 63. His wife had to sell their home and move to a condo and she couldn't take him so I drove 3 1/2 hours to New Hampshire and brought him home. He's been such a comfort to me since losing my Dad, Mom and brother all within a year and a half. I swear sometimes that he's human.
Yeah, we live in SoCal and when I was on Remicade I was worried about camping up where they said that fungus was.....now DIRT is fatal.....<sigh> life can be ridiculous.
That is so sad about loosing so much of your family in such a short time Alicat. I'm glad to hear the cat is so much comfort. I swear my dog is part human too...of course, she seems part horse and moutain goat as well.... Anyway, don't the spiritualist say cats can be spirit guides or familiars...or something like that? (I really have no idea what I'm talking about so someone feel free to enlighten me )
When I was little I remember Mom saying "you gotta eat a peck of dirt before you die" Guess dirt was healthier then, ha ha.
Seriously, these meds can make a person really phobic about germs!
Waiting for the thunderstorms to arrive here today. Don't like them at all. My Mom used to laugh at me when I was taking care of her. I told her she would have to sit in the hall during the storm so I could sit on the cellar stairs where I couldn't see the lightning. Never used to be this frightened, but after seeing bolts hit three times it kinda freaked me out.\
Watch out for the dirt!
LOL Alicat - me too! When I was little growing up in Mass, we had a round kitchen table with legs that came down with a metal bar around it making a little circle I could crawl in to. Every time we had a storm, I'd sit in there with my hands covering my eyes and ears! Sometimes, I'd watch TV and soon as I saw the lightening, I'd shut eyes and ears!
Now I live in San Diego and we rarely have lighting/thunder storms - THANK GOODNESS! I don't mind watching them from afar on my trips, but forget about it if I have to be asleep in bed when they occur! Especially on nights my husband has to work!
I guess we can no longer say, "a little bit of dirt never killed anyone"