I'm a 24-year old male. In the middle of December, I came down with a strange illness. A night or two before I became ill, I had drank about three beers and smoked a small amount of pot. I had smoked a few times before over a three month period, but that night was the first time I tried using a bong. I took one deep breath from it. My throat burned for a while afterward. The next morning my chest wall felt irritated to the point where it was uncomfortable for me to lay on my left side.
The morning after that, it felt like I had the flu. I experienced fatigue, muscle aches, fever, chills, and an exhausted feeling in my upper chest area. This lasted about 10 days. After that, I also developed night sweats, a constantly churning stomach, very dry mouth, cracked bleeding lips, and tender points in my neck, under my arms, and on my stomach. The fatigue continued to drain my energy. To this day, I still don't feel right.
I currently have achy joints/muscles particularly in the shoulders, legs, and neck. My upper chest feels tired also. Doctors can't find a cause (repeated tests for Lyme, hiv, mono, thyroid etc all came back negative and CBC's were normal). I had a chest x-ray five months ago which came back normal. Could I have suffered a severe and prolonged allergic reaction to the weed or any pesticides it may have been treated with? Could other people's saliva on the bong have transmitted a nasty virus? Do you think I could have Post-Viral Fatigue? I've been scared out of my mind for the past five months. I'm never smoking pot again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
It is unlikely that the "weed" itself would have caused your problem. However it could have been from a toxic contaminant. It also could have been unrelated. Your symptoms are compatible with the diagnoses that have been considered but also compatible with some type of autoimmune disease. Given the persistent joint, muscle and bone symptoms, you might do well to see a rheumatologist.
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