Posted 4/9/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -8)
i went wild for three months after high school graduation. Worked 2 jobs, started smoking, and drank a lot on the weekends, and rarely got any sleep. Ran my self into the ground. Then on September 9th i woke up with a sore throat and a stopped up nose. Thinking it was just a minor cold, i really didn't think too much of it. That following tuesday i woke up to a cough, while the sore throat disappeared. I have put up with this cough non stop for 4 months. I had no other symptoms until October rolled around. I started becoming so tired i couldn't even function. I was sleeping 14-15 hours a day and i was so drained.
Still not seeing a problem until i was so bad off my mom took me to the Emergency Room. The first time they told me it was walking pneumonia. They did chest x rays and blood work. All came back normal and gave me a very high dose prescription of Arithromyocin. During the four days i took this medicine, i was constantly nauseated and had diarrhea. So, back to the Emergency Room i went. The second time around i was told i had Acute Bronchitis. Blood work,chest x rays, and urine tested normal. Still fatigued, having night sweats, chronic cough, and my face feeling on fire, i went to see a doctor to get a 3rd oppinion. He preformed a Mono spot, tested for EBV, CMV, and a few other things.
My test came back positive for CMV. He said the antibodies were high and told me to get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids. Because it caused a mono like illness. So, thinking this is the end i followed his instructions and December rolls around. For about a week or so i feel a thousand times better. The cough subsides, the only thing that stuck around was spitting up mucus and being stopped up. So all is well until one day i sleep for 15 hours and the fatigue and cough set right back in. So i go to see my brother's doctor and i inform him of the CMV. He suggests i go and get tested for HIV just to be on the safe side. Twenty days shy of 6 months after exposure, The test came back negative. I schedule another appointment with him for a follow up. The rest of December goes smooth. I felt decent, not great, but better than i have been.
All my symptoms had disappeared and all was well. I felt normal, like i was healthy. So i resumed my schedule and normal activities. Well low and behold it was the calming before the storm. After the January 6th or so, i sleep another 15 hours and resume feeling like crap again. Now my symptoms have increased. So now i am fatigued, spitting up phlegm, stopped up when i lay down and wake up. (Stopped up on one side of nostril.), headaches, staring off into space, dizzyness, lightheaded, muscle and joint aches, and a touch of loss of appetite every now and then. I have also had high blood pressure every time it is checked. I have noticed i am sensitive to light, but nothing too extreme, lower back pain (maybe kidneys) and my short term memory is shot to pieces.
So one more time i go back to the Doctor that tested for the CMV and he does more blood work checking for rheumatoid, checks my liver, and other things. He said that my blood work, "not only came back normal, but was excellent. My immune system and everything is functioning the way it should be." Needless to say i have another appointment and he cannot tell me what's wrong. Although my symptoms have eased up a tad, they are still there. I am still tired beyond normal. I often have bouts of nausea, and a slight cough, both which come and go.
Also, my cough is so violent that i cough so hard i puke. This has happened 5 or 6 times over the course of this episode. But Back in April of '06 i had the same cough, phlegm, and stopped up on and off. Coughed then for about 2 or 3 months. Come to find out i had an inguinal hernia. It has since been repaired and the cough went away. And here it is back again. The mucus then and now is clear.
I did smoke for about 5 months and i do not know if it has anything to do with the cough now or if i had asthma and then it came back... not sure about that.