Posted 6/29/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)
I've had a positive TB test since 1987, per a prenatal exam. My son responds with a huge response and hives and was told he is allergic, not to get chest xrays or tell anyone that he reacted. I think this is wrong since TB is carried through the blood (if it progresses into the blood) to the baby, and can effect the nervous system (he has epilepsy,ADHD, deg. disk already at 20!).
1986--Very sick, coughing up blood, Bosto Globe says TB epidemic traced to an elderly immigrant man, people in the HMO waiting room coughing--no chest xray, no tb test done was told "we don't have TB in this country" cleared symptoms with a single antibiotic
1987-prenatal positive, neg chest
1993--pigment changes, ele. lfts, ele. ANA, pos. HCV antibody (not virus) liver bx neg hcv,pos. ppd with single tubercule in chest--asymptomatic for chest TB--no cough, blood
1994-severe endo. and problems throughout body, pigment worsens, neg HCV virus
1998-R. lymphect.,hystero, pneumonia--asked docs about TB and they refused to bx for it, said no problem
They do not treat anyone for TB in this country with a positive PPD unless you have a positive chest xray, are elderly, or have immune system weakness--and in the case of lupus, I don't know if they would treat you, or work in the health care industry. My sister was treated with ATT (anti-tuberculosis therapy) because she was a nurse, though she neg chest xray. I was offered treatment but not forced because they said my tubercule was "encapsulated" and not contagious. After they gave me interferon therapy for Hcv it was gone. My hyperpigment/patchy vitiligo which continues to spread is caused from adrenals and Melanocyte-Stimulating-Hormone, which in up to 90% of cases is caused by TB. Many people are misdx. Everyone with a positive ppd should be considered for tx. 10% progress throughout body. TX is an antibiotics mix damage may reverse. If i lived in India or s. amer., they would have figured this out. My non-US docs have been the best. TB in the rest of body is not contagious, so they don't care, though it can become active in the lungs off and on and notknow it and kill you. Immunosuppressants reactivate it. It never goes away, silently messes you up, unless you take ATT therapy for 6-9 mos or longer.
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn