same crampy feeling in the back of my legs
same burning in my throat, scrotum, hands and feet and redness in my throat, knuckles, face, chest
for some reason I wake up in the morning for the past 3 days and I have a short sharp pain in my lower back. I have lots of knots by my shoulder blade - the painful ones that won't let you breathe
I feel the lymph nods pain today more than ever - groin and armpit. The armpit ones actually hurt as a take a deep breath
My neck is also feeling a little lumpy but no pain - just a little stiff
spot on roof of my mouth still there
I have a feeling that I am getting sick but can't explain why - a little tired and heavy and out of it
my nails look like they got a little whiter but not sure if it has anything to do with anything
I looked in the mirror 2 hours ago and something new appeared in my mouth - on both sides of my cheeks I have these red spots like small blood clots - about 3 on each side - dark blood little pools
doctor called me this afternoon and told me that the Syphilis test came negative and also one of the HIV tests came negative - she did not know which - I was under the impression that the tests would be ready in 1 week the earliest so I am a little confused.
Thank you for reading all this. I was at 220lb 7 weeks ago today I am at 208. Not sure if this is related to stress as I also did not mention diarrhea or some night sweats that I also attribute to stress.
Teak you have given you opinion and I would really appreciate if you could tell me again if you are holding ground on it.
Thank you for your time everyone.
You did not really have a risk for HIV and your symptoms came a little too early and lasted too long. They don't really sound like ARS symptoms anyways. Whatever is causing your problems is unrelated and is probably nothing to worry about. Your only exposure was oral sex which is basically no risk. To my knowledge there has never been a documented case of HIV transmission through oral sex alone...and just think about how much oral sex has gone on around the world over the past 20+ years. Just put this in perspective and you'll see there is nothing to worry about regarding your fears.
He knows he didn't have a risk and he's been told over and over again that he has never had a risk and that he needs to continue to use condoms. He just doesn't want to listen.
I would have not been concerned if these things would have gone away by now. You see that I also tried to stay away from the forum but I have a lot of things that have not gone away yet and over these things that are adding up. Is this all that you have to say over all that I wrote ?
man what a story my reading is worse than my spelling
Chris is right. Take for example this new strain of MRSA which, although right now is predominantly found in the gay community, can quickly become a threat to other groups if not identified and treated properly.
January 15, 2008
New Bacteria Strain Is Striking Gay Men
By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
A new, highly drug-resistant strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is being spread among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, researchers reported on Monday.
In a study published online by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the bacteria seemed to be spread most easily through anal intercourse but also through casual skin-to-skin contact and touching contaminated surfaces.
The authors warned that unless microbiology laboratories were able to identify the strain and doctors prescribed the proper antibiotic therapy, the infection could soon spread among other groups and become a wider threat.
The new strain seems to have “spread rapidly” in gay populations in San Francisco and Boston, the researchers wrote, and “has the potential for rapid, nationwide dissemination” among gay men.
The study was based on a review of medical records from outpatient clinics in San Francisco and Boston and nine medical centers in San Francisco.
The Castro district in San Francisco has the highest number of gay residents in the country, according to the University of California, San Francisco. One in 588 residents is infected with the new multidrug-resistant MRSA strain, the study found. That compares with 1 in 3,800 people in San Francisco, according to statistical analyses based on ZIP codes.
A separate part of the study found that gay men in San Francisco were about 13 times more likely to be infected than other people in the city.
The San Francisco researchers suggested that scrubbing with soap and water might be the most effective way to stop skin-to-skin transmission, particularly after sexual activities.
MRSA, for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, was once spread chiefly in hospitals. But in recent years, a number of healthy people have acquired it outside hospitals.
Nearly 19,000 people died in the United States from MRSA infections in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.
The infection can cause unusually severe problems, including abscesses and skin ulcers. The bacteria can invade through the skin to produce necrotizing fasciitis, giving them the popular name of flesh-eating bacteria. They can also cause pneumonia, damage the heart and produce widespread infection through the blood.
Among gay men in the study, MRSA was spread by skin contact, causing abscesses and infection in the buttocks and genital area.
The new strain is closely related to earlier ones. Both are known as MRSA USA300.
The strain is much more difficult to treat because it is resistant not just to methicillin, but also many more of the antibiotics used to treat the earlier strains, said Dr. Henry F. Chambers, an author of the new study.
The new strain contains a plasmid called pUSA03.
“This particular clone is resistant to at least three other drugs, clindamycin, tetracycline and mupirocin,” Dr. Chambers said in a telephone interview.
Of the alternatives recommended by the C.D.C. and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim), clindamycin and a tetracycline, “this strain is resistant to two of those three,” he added. “In addition, the new strain is resistant to mupirocin, which has been advocated for eradicating the strain from carriers.”
Really, I just wanted to share this with someone. At this point if i have it - I have it and if I don't - I don't. I am not stressed on a daily basis about this, I have done this before and is an addiction that might have some roots in the fact that in Easter Europe this is a very common thing - like going to the gym. It is the main reason why I am seeing a psychiatrist, I do love my wife very much and I don't do what I do because I don't get it at home - just simply because it has been in me for a while, just like having a beer. What worries me is all these things that I feel now and that I have never felt before.
As I tested at 7.5 weeks I would say that there is a fair chance to get an accurate idea about where I am standing. Personally I feel that I have all the symptoms in the book and this (not fever or sweating) and this dull pain in axilar and inguilar area can only mean some sort of infection - why would this hurt as I am taking one of the strongest antibiotics in the market?
Thank for listening guys. Your comments do help. I will get back to you in a week. Teak, would you agree that at 7.5 weeks no matter what risk I had or not have - the result would be accurate?
Chris, I assumed is a sexual disease as the only thing out of ordinary to cause a disturbance in my immune system was this. As all the other STDs are out of the window I could only assume it was this one... hence the reason I write in this forum.
Please look at my story. An ingrown hair would have never get my attention and I was NOT stressed or aware or guilty or thinking about the event so I could say that I started this in my mind. True, in time I did become concerned but just because I was not feeling well...
I am done posting until I get the result next week - 28. Teak would appreciate you answering to my question. All the best.