[Nyan Infraction] "Winning at all costs, costs everything" - Me, just now. [Nyan Infraction]
I never had a fever, although occasionally I would have night sweats / had a hard time maintaining a comfortable temperature while sleeping (I haven't experienced this in about 3-4 weeks).
Rash is red and raised, very tough and leathery. Appears to be on the way out but will post pictures if that doesn't stay that way.
Urine Analysis showed elevated ketones nothing else of note. Bilirubin was raised in tests about 7 days apart, I don't have anything newer but that was when I made this thread.
Family history, lots of cancer, grand-mother had diabetes. No other issues that I'm aware of.
My BP and BPM are both raised from my normal, I don't have high confident about the BP but my resting HR used to be about 60.
Chest Pain last summer I was prescribed Lodine, a few weeks ago nothing. In the first case breathing was difficult simply because it hurt like hell whenever I took a deep breathe. I don't find breathing difficult now.
Nothing else of note.
I'm not sure how I got sick in February, but it was a pretty intense illness.
I'm an Software Engineer.
I am unsure of how much this is costing me, I'm seeing claims only after 2-3 months so I have no idea.
Yeah, I live in Eastern fucking Europe and all of that would be free here. Every country hick or bum gets his gastroscopy or CT-angio if there's an indication to do the procedure.
.. you would get your diagnosis for free but you'd probably also get beaten by Russian skinheads v0v
Last edited by The Monkeysphere; March 26 2012 at 10:12:13 PM.
I've got a big test tomorrow so sorry I can't take a deep look into it asap, but at the moment I'm also pretty confused.
I guess I'm most concerned with the night sweats + family history of cancer, but how old are you? And what age did your family get cancer, and what type?
I'm assuming the rash went away when you took the antifungal medication? So was it a fungus? Just based on your description I would have gone with psoriasis, but AFAIK that's more autoimmune....I just wouldn't suspect fungus since you're immunocompetent.
I'll take a better look at this stuff tomorrow.
edit: WEIGHT LOSS/GAIN. did you have any of it, and if so, how much and how fast
and ffs how did I forget- do you smoke; if you do, how much.
Last edited by Arcuate; March 26 2012 at 10:20:16 PM.
Maybe monkeysphere can maybe back me up or shoot me down on this, but from the 'limited' evidence it all 'points' to cancer. Family history ('lots of cancer'), fast weight loss, loss of appetite, night sweats, fatigue, chest pain, etc. It explains many of the systemic problems you've been having.
What kind of cancer is running in your family?
the good news is I'm probably talking out of my ass (probably the biggest reason), I'm only a medical student, the multiple doctors that saw you are probably competent enough to catch it if they had the same history (I assume they know about the family history, weight loss, etc), and I'm sure some of the previous lab tests that they did could have easily excluded cancer (again maybe MSphere can say something on it).
Last edited by Arcuate; March 27 2012 at 01:05:23 AM.
This Thursday I have to go perform some history and physicals on several patients in a central PA hospital. After finishing our exams, I meet with my several other of my classmates and supervising doctors to talk about each of our cases. Our doctor supervisors don't actually know which patients we performed a history/exam on, so technically we could bullshit a full HP and present that. Given this, if you'd like, I could take a full history from you sometime before Thursday and present your case (minus any identifying information of course) and see what we come up with. It's a shot in the dark, but if you're interested it might be worth something.
when did fhc get so many med students?
Really sounds like cancer, actually.
E: or some neuroendocrine bullshit v0v
I'd hold back with the 'Dr Google say's it's cancer' comments.
The night sweats/weight loss doesn't sound good but a full blood test would have shown elevated white cell count with specific markers. !?!?
I know, just another Dr Google here but still.
Anyway fingers crossed for you. I hope you get this resolved ASAP.
Jesus christ, stop diagnosing cancer over the bloody internet.
Anyway, these are some conditions that are possible but would need further studies:
Candidiasis of bronchi, trachea, or lungs
Coccidioidomycosis, disseminated or extrapulmonary
Cryptosporidiosis, chronic intestinal for longer than 1 month
Cytomegalovirus disease (other than liver, spleen or lymph nodes)
Cytomegalovirus retinitis (with loss of vision)
Herpes simplex: chronic ulcer(s); or bronchitis, pneumonitis, or esophagitis
Histoplasmosis, disseminated or extrapulmonary
Isosporiasis, chronic intestinal
Lymphoma, immunoblastic (or equivalent term)
Lymphoma, primary, of brain
Mycobacterium avium complex or Mycobacterium kansasii, disseminated or extrapulmonary
Mycobacterium, other species, disseminated or extrapulmonary
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, any site (extrapulmonary)
Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (formerly Pneumocystis carinii)
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
Salmonella septicemia (recurrent)
Toxoplasmosis of the brain
I didn't 'diagnose cancer' at any point. I just said some of the evidence points to it, and it is still unlikely. At any rate, I'm not going to argue potential e-diagnoses on the internets ; if Aea wants he can contact me and we can go ahead with setting up a short history that may or may not help.
That wasn't directed at you personally, god bless a med student hard at work (seeing how I should be revising nephrology for hours already, which I obviously am not doing). But don't scare the poor sickly gay fellow. It's most likely not cancer.