May 14, 2010 10:47 AM Subscribe
What Is WRONG with me, for God's sake? Last Wednesday night I was struck with a stiff neck, and really swollen knee joints. By end of work Thursday (driving 300 miles) I was wholly incapacitated with a low grade fever, upper back pain and lumpy knees. Now, much of this is not new, as I already have blood cancer
, but this is way beyond the scope of these diseases. (I am immunologically compromised)
posted by ~Sushma~ to health & fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was then bed bound until Wednesday where I could not stand the pain, and went to my rheumatologist who immediately drained the huge lumps on my knee to test, it was very cloudy, as was my urine. He suspected meningitis, whereas he immediately placed me in isolation at the hospital and began an infusion of vancomycin and saline. It was determined that I presented no neurological symptoms, and passed on the lumbar puncture (thank God!). I was sent home awaiting the results of several blood and urine cultures (my urine showed a very high white blood count). Thus far I am HIV neg., HEP-A,B & C neg., and Lyme neg. TB is being looked at, as are other types of typical diseases known in the area of the country I live (Shenandoah Valley VA). When I mentioned that I was in 9 tropical countries in Feb-Mar this year, this really aroused my doctor's curiosity. The first question she asked is about Haiti, where I didn't go, but was close to. I spent time in St. Lucia jungles, volcanoes and fishing villages, and do not remember being bitten. I think she has ruled out malaria. Any suggestions? I am now wheelchair bound and the pain is intractable. I am on Vicodin and Valium to control muscle spasms. I feel like this is now a fight for my life, and this community is the penultimate source for innovative ideas and suggestions. Anything and everything will be taken into consideration.