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spleen enlargement

well i had mono from like oct 28-nov 20 i guess during this time i experianced pain in the left side where my spleen is once for about 5 mins now i guess i been feeling better about two weeks but yesterday i got abdominal pain on my left side like it hurt a lil but i could really feel the pain if i slightly pushed in it lasted about 15 or twenty mins could this be an enlarged spleen......could it be from mono............is it possible for me to of had an enlarged spleen the whole time with no pain..........or could my spleen just have suddenly swelled up an went back down....also can mono cause mild oral thrush
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It certainly could be an enlarged spleen and I would highly recommend seeing your physician ASAP. In the meantime, I'm sure it would be a good idea to avoid any strenuous activities.

The mild oral thrush is common in patients who have immune problems, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Warmest Regards,

~PlateletGal
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I have been having pain from my spleen off and on for a month or so, but I have a kind of tumor in it from "old granulomatous disease". I recently had a ct scan that didn't mention enlargement, so I will not head to the ER.

I suspect that the granulomatous disease may be associated with my chronic, reactivated EBV (CREBV).

PlateletGal is right on. The spleen can rupture and can be lethal.....You need at the very least to have an ultrasound.
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Hi Jack,

Welcome aboard ! I read your other post in the forum and then checked out your photos. The only thing that caught my attention was where it said "old granulomatous disease" and then it mentioned your spleen and liver. Of course old granulomatous disease is evidence of a past infection... but when I read about the causes, they only mentioned TB and fungal infections. If you haven't had TB and/or fungal infections, such as coccidioidomycosis (AKA: valley fever), then I certainly would consider EBV as being responsible for your lab result. What I find interesting is that EBV can target both the spleen and liver. EBV is often responsible for hepatitis.

Do you have CFS symptoms, Jack ? Also, did your physicians rule out GERD ? I ask because in your other post, you mentioned how you were diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus. I can only tell you that many, many people with both fibromyalgia and CFS have GERD.

Have you checked out the Health Pages yet for the fibro / CFS forum ? You may be interested in Prof. Garth Nicolson's research on the role infections play in CFS patients.

Here's a link:

http://www.medhelp.org/health_pages/list?cid=39
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Good morning PlateletGal :) ,

I am so honored to have you to reply to me, and most of all take the time to read my interpretations. I have not yet had the opportunity to speak with my doctor or his nurse about these findings. It is a long story, but basically he was out of town last week and his partners in the GI association, do not comment on other doctor's patients within the group. Even my doctor's nurse could not comment on the pathological reports.

I guess that I kind of regret asking for the results to be mailed to me. I received them on Saturday the 13th of this month. No, I really don't regret having the results without a professional to tell me what the test results mean. I can depend on smart people like you and Lord Knows that I am used to googling health problems on the net :)

I am firing my current GI doctor because I was not going to be able to get an appointment until 1/29/09. So I have an appointment with a different and new GI doc on the 27th of this month.

I am the one that suggested to my ex-doc that the blood flow to my abdominal organs may be somewhat blocked due to having advanced arteriosclerosis, and I have had a heart attack and stroke in June of 2003. I have 6 stents in my coronary arteries. I have been in and out of hospitals since 2003. I guess you would say that I am waiting on bypass surgery, since they cannot add anymore stents to the most important artery for myself and everyone, which is the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. I have 4 stents in it already. They have to save a "target area" to connect a graft to.

So, I do believe that I caught a hospital borne intestinal bug that is very resistant to antibiotics. It is called Clostridium Difficile infection.

I may be repeating myself, but I have had 11 cardiac catheterizations since my heart attack, and one 64 slice coronary artery ct scan. I received a huge dose of ionizing radiation from the cardiac caths and especially the ct scan.

In my research I found out that ionizing radiation can reactivate the normally dormant EBV that 95% of the worlds population has, due to having been exposed to mononucleosis, which is caused by the EBV.

I have a background in nuclear physics and understand the affects that radiation has on the human body. I didn't worry about all the radiation that I knew that I was receiving, because in general it takes 20 to 30 years for cancer to develop from significant doses of ionizing radiation, or gamma and x-radiation. I was close to 50 when all of this started.

I didn't realize that radiation could do things like reactivate the EBV. I have found that the reactivated EBV causes, or is associated with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Nasopharyngeal cancer, CFS and possibly FM and Myofacial Pain Syndrome. I have been diagnosed by 2 very good doctors with the last three of those above conditions. I suspect that Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma may be associated with the granulomatous disease in my lungs, liver and spleen. Maybe not. I am anxious to see the doctor for explanations and more testing.

I may need an angiogram of my abdominal arteries, and possibly some stents or surgery to relieve the stenosis or blockages.

I recently came across 1 or 2 more very serious conditions that are thought or known to be caused by the reactivated EBV. I have forgot what they are, but I believe that I marked them as favorites for future access. I will look them up and post them.

The funny thing is that I have not had GERD or heartburn for over 25 years. I had erosions of the esophagus and stomach, and an ulcer in my duodenum (the first 8 inches of the small intestine) about 10 years ago, due to abusing NSAIDs. I was started on PPIs or proton pump inhibitors like Nexium and Prilosec. I have taken 40 mgs per day for 10 years. That is a fairly high dose. PPIs are the medicines that they put you on when they diagnose you with Barrett's Esophagus (BE).....Ain't that a kick in the head! How did I develop BE while taking PPIs? Now I take 80 mgs per day of the PPI Protonix.

PPIs are suspected of causing a few very serious problems when taken for long term. One is stomach cancer....Another thing is that certain drugs, vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B-12 require an acidic PH in the stomach to break them down, and where B-12 can be absorbed by the small intestine. My B-12 levels went very low a few years ago and now I have to take B-12 injections.

Now I am starting to come close to having GERD symptoms. Some acid reflux and I believe bile reflux, which is fairly common and cannot be controlled with PPIs. I have also been diagnosed with gastro pharyngeal reflux (GPR) by my ENT. My vocal cords are inflammed.

I am so sorry for this book. I just wanted to write down what I have been through, because it may help just one person, or motivate someone to see a doctor when they have certain symptoms. Pay attention to your body. It has many ways of trying to warn you of serious things to come. I would not have had a heart attack and possibly not a stroke, if I had paid attention to the feelings within my chest.

It has been a while since I read anything on the CFS/FM forum. I will read some there and I will most certainly look up Prof. Garth Nicolson's research. I have heard of his name. I had chronic prostatitis for many years..... Just bury me now :)

Thanks so much for your reply and reading my test results.  May the fast approaching new year bring you the best possible health :)

Jack
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Hi Jack,

Thank you for the compliment. I'm not an expert on these conditions, by any means. But I am a patient and one that has been tossed around from specialist to specialist for many years. And I worked in the medical field for a long time and learned a lot on that end as well.... of course nothing about CFS though. ; ^ )  There are still physicians who are still in the ignornat zone and believe that CFS isn't real.

I can tell from reading your posts that you are very intelligent and you certainly have done your research. I feel for you because a very dear friend of mine also has arteriosclerosis and three years ago, she was diagnosed with Hogkin's Lymphoma. Her HEM/ONC physician had concerns about her heart problems because of the effects from the radiation. But she was successfully treated (fortunately... Hodgkin's is one of the better cancers you can get).

What you said about cancer and the viral/pathogen connection is very true. My friend had a "cold" for months before finally being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She's doing fantastic now... and she's taking a natural formula (with her doctor's approval) that I recommended... based off of research on mycoplasmas and cancer. I'm sure you'd be interested in this. Here are some links:

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/648144 --- Q & A Session With Professor Garth Nicolson

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/655603 ---- Q & A Session II With Professor Garth Nicolson

About Dr. Nicolson: http://www.immed.org/reachus.htm

Physicians that have gotten my attention. All of these physicians successfully treated their own chronic illness:

http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/44526?personal_page_id=1064




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P.S. ~ Ignore the mistakes with my grammer (especially in my first paragraph). I actually don't care for writing (I'm a talker)  and it is difficult now for me to type because of my cognitive problems. Today is one of my bad days because I'm fighting a cold. The good news is.... I actually have cold symptoms. You know when your CFS is at its worse when you have a cold, but no cold symptoms. What will happen is that you will notice that instead your CFS symptoms will just get worse. So anyway, my immune system is now working better... thanks to treatment !  Woo hoo !
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