Posted 9/11/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)
I know this sounds pretty stupid, but have they done a recent TB test as part of your recent testing? I had a spot of TB on my lungs and it appeared with the onset of my autoimmune symptoms and liver problems. Since I've been on Anti TB therapy, my basal temperature has risen from 95-96 to a normal consistent 98.3 or just slightly lower. My temperature hasn't been normal for 15 years, since the onset of my disease.
They say the endocrine caused the liver problems, and who knows what attacked the endocrine. Possibly it was the TB I had, it sure seems like it since I"m doing better.
I Hope that it is just some kind of infection that can be cleared with antibiotics. If you haven't had a recent TB test I would talk to the doc about it. They just don't even think about it half the time. I came into the hospital with pneumonia and I had to remind them I had a positive TB skin test, and then they all freaked out and they put me in quarentine. Of course, I'd been walking around hacking and been to my doc repeatedly and they knew I had positive TB test and had had the lesions in my lungs before. Even my great pulmonologist (he was very good) did not read the chart thoroughly and notice I said I had positive skin test. I brought it up in conversation and he freaked. The masks went on fast.
There's some other less serious infections that can mimic TB, other strains of mycobacterium. Anyway, its a good thing to get out of the way. Also, you could get it going to the pulmonologist office or possibly from dirty equipment. They also thought I had legionnaires for a while.
I know you have been going through so much and not getting any answers, or conflicting ones. I hope that they get this sorted out for you soon. You can get a TB test at the health dept, you know, where they inject the stuff just under your skin and then you come back three days later and they look at it. They should be doing testing, but many docs and hospitals just don't feel that Americans have a problem with it. Heck, they were supposed to give me anti TB drugs before giving me steroids and they didn't. Steroids can make the TB become active and I can be a health risk.
Anyway, heres some ((((Hugs)))) and some *fresh air* and I hope you can get some rest and some answers. Know I'm praying for you.
--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