thinking about getting tested for TB

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james from missouri
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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
i haven't done that test yet, no one suggested it either, but it seems like i might as well do it, and get it out of the way. Has anyone had this test done? it seems pretty straight forward. I can't see to figure out why i have this weird rash under my chest. it comes and goes, it doesn't itch or burn, its only visible when i stand up or move around. and its really tight feeling under my chest. i looked it up and it said possible TB infection. Still waiting on Igenex to come back.. they are taken forever it seems like..

Nicky D
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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi James!

Would your insurance cover the test? If you will have to pay out of pocket, then I would wait until a doctor asks for it. But otherwise, it's really up to you. It doesn't sound like it's so bad it's urgent that you get it checked- so it comes down to peace of mind. If it would make you feel better to have the test done, then go for it. But if it would just make you worried and stressed, then I wouldn't bother.

If I remember correctly from your previous posts, you have an LLMD- is that right? I'm just wondering, because you seem to be in a bit of the same scenario I was in for a while. I had to do all my own research on the internet to find Lyme disease, and I got used to having to google stuff myself, since my regular doctor was not very helpful. The problem is- and I don't want to inuslt you, I'm just speaking from personal experience- it's easy to get into a cycle where you start googling every symptom, and worrying about what it might be-because you are used to having to sort everything out yourself. NOTE- once again, I am not trying to insult you, or say you are a hypchondriac. It's kind of the opposite- you were sick, but no one would listen/help.

And because Lyme screws with your body so much, you no longer know what's "normal" and what is not. I found myself thinking and worrying about my health 24/7 for a while, until I realized what I was doing, and made a conscious decision to try to stop.

If you have an LLMD, from what I've heard, they are amazing not just because they treat Lyme, but because one of their basic precepts it to LISTEN to their patients- so they are very good at finding other things that are wrong (although usually I think it's just Lyme). So you can relax, and know that you have someone who is looking after your health properly, so you don't have to do it all yourself.

I really hope this came across how I wanted it to...I just noticed that you really seem to be having a tough time lately.

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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi James,
Do you have a persistent cough? You can ask your Dr. for a PPD the next time you are seen. It is a very simple test and I am sure they will oblige if you ask them.

james from missouri
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   Posted 7/20/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
it was just a thought, i feel decent.. i just have discomfort in my chest and back.. i do cough every now and then, but it has gotten better.. i don't have any fever, and never have. i just want to get my Igenex stuff back so i can see what it says, and then try to see what i have or don't have.. if my igenex comes back neg, i might have to see about some other stuff.. .

i dunno.. i started to see a couple of new bruises in the last couple of days on my arm and legs, not really sure what is going on there..

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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey James,

I've had to have a TB test done when I was in college. There's nothing to it. They put the TB med right under your skin in your forearm. It makes a little bump, then goes down. If you are infected, it reacts and turns red(I think). You have to go back in for the doctor or nurse to look at it to see if you had a reaction. Btw, my insurance covered it.

Good luck with everything.
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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear James,

That whole chest thing DOES sound suspicious. Ask for a quick x-ray too! Most docs in a box can do it in nothing flat.

Take care,

Bit June 08.

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   Posted 7/20/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi gracies mom,
do you think that 17 year old had been vaccinated against TB when he was young? do any of these tests come out "different or unusual if one is infected with lyme shoot I can not find the list its a list my daughter has to have in order to attend clinic at dental hygeine school they wanted not only results but titers . thanks lisa

Turquoise Sky
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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Working in a nursing facility, I get a PPD yearly. It always turns pink and gets a little raised. The doctor has even looked at it, and I was told that I react to the base that it is mixed with. If it was positive, it would be a hard definite lump. If it reacts positively, it means that you have been exposed to TB. The follow up, if it is positive, would be a chest xray to make sure it isn't active. It is a long course of abx to treat it.

james from missouri
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
i don't think i have TB.. i just saw some symptoms being the same as LD.

i might wait until i get Igenex back and go from there..

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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi James,  Please look over the symptoms for bartonella.  It causes a lot of wierd rashes, not just the typical "cat scratch" marks and stretch marks we associate with it.  Do your feet or shins hurt?  Do you feel lumps along your shin bone?  You have a lot of anxiety which is a symptom.  At one time you felt guilty as though you were being punished which is another symptom, believe it or not.  You had hyperpigmentation which is a symptom.  You can also get lack of pigmentation, pea size dark spots, bruises, swelling especially near the ankles and feet that you might think is water retention but it does not dent, spider veins, small papules that look like blood blisters, lumpiness under the skin, eye problems, muscle twitching and I believe muscle soreness.  I had no motivation, felt apathetic, disconnected to myself and others but also highly emotional.  You may also wake up at night feeling very hot.  The labs test for 3 strains of bart but there are over 30 known.  You cannot rely completely on tests.  It sounds to me like you are very anxious and getting more so.  See an LLMD.

james from missouri
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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
my feet and shins don't hurt.. i have no lumps there..

i do have a spider vein on my right leg, its been there for 3 years runs in the family. i do have some hyperpigentation on my right side of my cheek/face. i small dime size bruises that just appeared in the couple of days. my right eye lid twitches.. i do get night sweats sometimes, but my body temp is always below normal.
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