Thanks, sometimes I wonder if some of us really just aren't getting the right diagnostic stuff done. Lots of what they see in cases of TB are extreme, with people in third world countries that don't seek medical attention until things are horrible, and that are not nutritionally in good shape, or people with aids. I will have to put together a letter if I don't hear something. I can write to my liver doc or endo at Mayo too. Maybe the infectious disease doctor will sit back and plan a series of tests for different things which would be great. Staph and other gram negative bugs or viruses can be problematic too and just because I'm getting better on isoniazid doesnt mean that all the problems were TB related. Thanks for the help. I just didn't think latent TB could cause so many problems, but the whole reason you don't get sick is that your immune system keeps it in check throughout your life, so that must be hard on the immune system. And TB is so hard to kill without the right drugs because it has a waxy coating around itself and then with time calcifies, which is why they find it inside calcified lymph nodes and sarcoid tumors, also it might be hard to see in the spine. She did ask me about
ticks and eating game, which we do from time to time to supplement groceries.
Well, thank you both. I need to write this down, and also maybe write up an article about
my "fears" and theories about
latent TB and other unresolved infections being damaging. I think it would be a good thing, putting all this together from a patient perspective.
Thanks again you guys and I will start drafting something in writing and I will need to hear from the infectious disease doc and find out what she wants to do.
Thanks so much.
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