Hi and sorry you have all these symptoms. We are not doctors on here but I will try to advise you. You probably should try to get an FTA Test for Syphilis because the RPR test that is usually used can be up to 20% false negative. Also, if you happen to have a high titer (very positive) some times this will come out negative too and so it is best to try another method. Do you know what method they used to start with?
Because of your symptoms it would be a good idea even though the doctor may not want to do it. If you can get this done if it is positive you can be treated with antibiotics and will feel much better. If it is negative it could be some type of neuropathy not related to an STD. I would ask your healthcare provider if they would be willing to do this test for you.
Thank you so much for your advice brother....I have tested for everything in my home country india..now I am back to gulf and have resumed back my work....I will surely enquire about fta test for syphillis over here..I was tested for syphillis at 3 months by vdrl method....do I need to further test for hiv and hepatitis at 6 months?or 5 months is enough for both of them?I havent tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea yet because testing wasn't available for both of these diseases. . Do you think it must be some kind of arthritis or rheumatic manifestation as my esr was raised upto 36 and my crp was 48.I have heard that esr and crp generally gets elevated because of infection ...I have tested for ra factor,ana,anticcp,thyroid,aso titre for arthritis..all came back negative..can it be reactive arthritis?I am completely blanked brother..I can't wven wear my shoes because my feet are paining and burning too much..
This all started 2 weeks after my exposure and are still persistent from more than 5 months....I have suffered alot of pain last year because of pancreatitis..now I really wish to get pain free:(..I have also done mri of my spine which showed normal and also took nerve conduction test for both of my hands and legs which was also normal..:(..my neurologist told that if i would have had neuropathy than it must have showed in nerve conduction test..m really blanked now thar is it some kind of rheumatic disease or neuropathy..I will seek your help and will move further..I have also been referred to psychiatrist..his treatment also didn't elevated my pain..my soles are very sore burning and very red which were never before this exposure..
I am female so I am a sister rather than brother, LOL. but that is ok. I just wanted to tell you. Did you have the 4th generation HIV duo test? It is the best because it detects HIV 1 and 2. The time frame is fine for both Hepatitis and HIV. I would just check the FTA because the symptoms you have sound like syphilis. But it is negative then it could be some type of autoimmune or arthritis like problem or neuropathy. The nerve conductivity test doesn't check for everything. What part of the body did the doctor test it on? One reason they refer you to a psychiatrist is not because you are crazy it is because they are really good with pain and nerve pain drugs. I went to one because I couldn't get diagnosed and he diagnosed my migraine variant when all other doctors couldn't figure it out. I was put on meds and haven't had the main problem since. So they can be really good. The CRP and ESR are not that specific and are mainly signs of inflammation. So it doesn't really tell you the root of the problem. Burning feet and palms can be a neuropathy too though. Just wondering if you could be diabetic? Do you drink a lot of alchohol? Also, it can be a sign of vitamin B deficiency (vitamins B1, B5, B6 and B12), kidney and liver problems. So have you had your liver tested (liver enzymes) or kidney tested BUN and creatinine test? These are blood tests. Just a thought.
Thanks for the advice mkhn sister..last year I had got pancreatitis,my liver got inflammed my bileduct was blocked because of gallstones..I was hospitalised for 45 days....after that I had surgery..at that time also I was saved from death..but I completely recovered and was fit again..I did second surgery this august because of chronic cholecystitis..last year my surgery was so cinolicated that my doc was not able to remove my gall bladder..but I was fine and never had this kind of neurological and arthralgia problem during my entire life..this all started after this incident..yaa and I have done 4th generation hiv test after 5 months..at 3 months I also took rna pcr by taqman which was also negative....I have taken more than 8 hiv 4th generation tests in this 5 months starting from 6 weeks....m also frequently getting ulcers in mouth after this incident..my soles have became full red till my ankles and they are very burning and painful also..my both knees also pains a lot..my vitamin b12 is adequate I have also checked for vitamin d that was also normal....do you think it can be reactive arthritis or something like that?if its not hiv than which std causes this much of pain and all sister?my mom dad are very worried about my health as I hv came abroad for employment..:(..life *****....I have taken ana and anticcp test also for autoimmune diseases..now which test is left?:(
Yaa and sis nerve conduction test was done in both my legs and hands where I am having pain....from knees to soles and in hands..neurologist told me that I am not having peripheral neuropathy and told me no need to do emg test..does syphillis causes this much of pain?
Syphilis can cause arthritis if not treated. The fact you had a fever to start with sounds like you did have an infection that maybe turned into reactive arthritis or something like that. Also Chlamydia can cause reactive arthritis according to the Mayo clinic as well as these other bacteria and it stated that these can be transmitted sexually and/or in food. The Chlamydia you said you weren't tested for yet. I would get that done as soon as possible and the FTA. They may also want to check your joint fluid to see if they contain bacteria. Also, is your big toe swollen and red? If so this could be gout and reactive arthritis with gout
They can also do Xrays of your low back, pelvis and joints to see if you have the reactive arthritis. It does sound like it. If you do have it try to stay away from steroids and take the alternative drugs instead like NSAID's, embrel or Azulfidine.
One day at a time.
Thank u for your advice sis....today I will get an appointment with ortho surgeon and see what he tells..I will also check for fta test u mentioned..I have taken uric acid test also which was normal so gout must not be there..I am sure some rheumatic disease is there following my infection..can I be sure about hiv and hepatitis?as these two things can also cause arthritis....is my 5 months 4th generation test for hiv and anti hcv test by elisa enough to exclude both of them?
Sister along with this symptoms m also having ulcers in mouth frequently and sore throat frequently..from yest I again got ulcers in mouth along with sore throat....is it still possible that i may be having hiv or hepatitis or any sexual viral disease which tests aren't able to pick in 5 months?I have taken pcr dna at 6 weeks and rna pcr by taqman at 3 months..those were also negative..still is it possible to have hiv?I have checked for hepatitis c at 3 and 5 months respectively....and hepatitis b at 3 and 4 months....syphillis at 3 months..can bacterial infection causes elevation in esr and crp values?and do they cause this much of persistent symptoms?kindly bear with me sister..my health is deteriorating day by day....:(
Sister m waiting for your advice and reply
Yes you can be sure about HIV. It is good as early as 17 days after exposure. there is no window period like the old tests for immunity just that it takes about 17 days to get enough virus to be able to detect it. You have taken it at 5 months so you would be fine for even the old tests by now.
For Hepatitis the window period is 160 days for Hepatitis B and 48 day or 12 weeks for Hepatitis C. It is best for the Hepatitis to get the HcV antibody test and HCV RNA test and ALT liver test. Hep B is usually an antibody test.antigen and antibody test and so I don't know what they did on you but the time frame is good.
To answer the second question regarding the mouth sores, since you don't have HIV that is not the cause and Hepatitis doesn't do this. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause a sore throat but this is usually in the first couple of weeks after exposure not later like you have. Did you have oral sex? Also, alot of people get mouth sores. Try gargleing with salt water (warm) 1 tsp in a cup of warm water a few times a day for a week and see if they go away. These can be genetic and also just a regular virus (nothing serious). Do you have a fever or white spots on the tonsiils or back of the throat?
Heyaz sis m back....today I visited 2 doctors..1st one was ent specialist who is a good friend of mine..he examined my mouth and told me that the ulcers and whiteness are stress related and told me not to take more tension and stress....he knows about my fear and he told me not to worry about hiv or hepatitis any more and stress out and told me to take vitamin c adequatly and these ulcers and all will be gone....then I went to ortho surgeon..he said that he didn't felt any major kindof arthritis type but to be sure he referred me to one of the rheumatologist..I will try to get an appointment of this rheumo next week....and yaa my hepatitis tests on both 6 weeks and 3 months were surface antigen tests....I have done almost all tests for arthritis or any autoimmune disease..now only one thing fits either its reactive arthritis infectious arthritis or syphillis which u told sis....by the way thank u so much sis for guiding me and giving me strength and hope...I will always remember you sis and your help in my entire life .whenever u need any kindo help from me i will be always there:).I really wish to get out of this mess soon....this pain has made me very helpless....
That is great news. I think you are right exactly what you said.
keep me informed.
Yaa surely sis I will inform u as soon as I meet that rheumo....:)..till than u also take care and pray for me that everything gets resolves soon..
Yesterday I have met one arthritis specialist..he told me that reactive arthritis always occurs at one side of body and my arthritis is symmatrical that is on both sides of my body....I have readen in American association of rheumatology that hiv or hepatitis infection affects many joints and on both sides....m really blanked..can I truely trust my 5 months test results for hiv and hepatitis?
Yes you can trust your HIV and Hepatitis results. Was the HIV test what they call a duo test where they check for the p24 antigen and also antibodies to HIV? If so then yes it is very reliable. The time frame is good for the Hepatitis tests. I still think it would be good to check the FTA to be sure. Did you ask the doctor about infectious arthritis? That is different than reactive arthritis. So you could still have that. If not I"m not sure what is going on. One step at a time.
Didn't you say you had diarrhea for a long time on one of your posts? If so you should get a stool culture and also a stool specimen done for parasites.
sister this is me..sorry i was outside for long time so couldnt get in touch with you..because of my pain m unable to do my work overseas or sleep at night..i met few doctors neurologists etc in this days....i forgot my old user id paswd so m using this one..One of the neurologist told me that your symptoms match cidp,chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy,he asked me if i was engaged in any high risk sexual exposure,,he told me that cidp is early manifestation of hiv infection,along with distance symmetrical polyneuropathy....This has really scared me sis..isnt my 5 months hiv 4th generation ab/ag combo test conclusive ??please gimme some advice what shud be my next step..i am thinking to quit back my job overseas and return back to my native place :(..but because of lack of money i cant quit my job also and pain is also unbearable
So sorry you having been going through all this. Yes the 4th generation HIV test is supposed be very good and is supposed to be conclusive. It may be a separate issue from the cidp. I don't really know much about cidp. Only that it is neurological. Just because they asked if you had high risk sexual activity doesn't mean it caused the cidp. That can come on without the sexual activity. So I don't see the connection there. Is there some medication they can give you to help with this disease? I would probably get a second opinion from another neurologist when you can.
Thank u for your advice and reply sis....I called one of the main infectious disease specialist in our city....I told him everything about my exposure and this unbearable painful symptoms and my testing history..he told me I can surely say that u don't have hiv neither hepatitis c..he told me if your immune system might be compromised than your rna test would have been surely positive....I don't know what to do sis:(..m really blanked and tired of this pain..according to u are there any other unknown disease which are spread sexually causing such a pain?doctor ova here gave me nerve tablets....I hope my pain goes away soon....cidp is strongly associated with hiv early infection that is what scaring and confusing me ....
No not STD's. It sounds neurological or diabetic neuropathy. If you are not diabetic then neurologic. They need to find the root cause. I wouldn't worry about HIV any more. I hope the pain goes away with the nerve pills. At least you would get some relief. Neurology is out of my area. So I don't know much about it.
Ok sis thank u for your wishes....I hope I recover soon....I will give u updates on regular basis :)....I too wanna rule out hiv or hepatitis but because of severe symptoms m unable to forget bout hiv....just pray for me sis