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Leukemia or HIV.
Apr 30, 2004
I had a very low risk sexual exposure (oral both ways) with two women at 3 and 4 months ago and have tested negative for HIV out to 10.5 weeks from the last exposure, however I have been experiencing symptoms that I can not rule out as just about anything BUT Leukemia or HIV.

It all started about a week after the second exposure, swollen lymph nodes in my neck that lasted for at least three weeks before I visited the doctor and she prescribed an antibiotic which I BELIEVE is what made them go away. During and since that time, Ive had fevers that come and go as high as 101 degrees (though thats pretty much over now), Loss of appetite for about 1.5 weeks, 10lb weight loss (holding steady at 225), A butterfly style rash on my cheeks, folliculitis or boils on my legs and body, occasional malaise, a post nasal drip that WILL NOT leave, occasional discomfort in the mid-back, SEVERE eye floaters (which I have been able to connect only to Leukemia and CMV Virus in AIDS being that im only 21 and Retinal Detachment is rare, plus my eye doctor yesterday said that my retinas looked healthy), dry mouth for weeks (YEA, i know, youre like... this guys gonna die in like a week), occasional weakness and fatigue, and my eye sockets burned bad one night. Just a myriad of crazy things. The two im most concerned with right NOW is the eye floaters, and the Post Nasal Drip. Though for a while I had abdominal numb pain unless I ate which worried me too. Right now I seem to have "normalized" somewhat and I feel pretty good except for the floaters in my eyes and the rash on my cheeks that never went away. Also I had some petechiae where a laptop bag strap rubbed against my arm or something that went away after a few days.

The only other consensus I can come to is Diabetes or Lupus, which trust me, at this point I will be perfectly happy to hear (it (diabetes) does run in my moms side of the family). The problem is my symptoms are so vague its hard to get my doctor to REALLY pay attention, though so far she has gotten CBCs on me, done a TSH test for Thyroid problems, three HIV tests so far (ill be out of the window period at 13 weeks) , and STD testing for the major ones. It should be noted that Leukemia is not a prevalent disease in my family.

Im very scared here because I am at that point of psychosis where I KNOW that professing any kind of disease over yourself is a terrible thing, but I just want to hear SOMETHING, i want to know what is going on inside me.

Please give me some insite into Leukemia. Im sorry for this long post.

Thanks Again! :wave:
The eye floaters can be caused by something as simple as too high a fat diet. If you eat a lot of fried foods bile can back up into your liver and cause the visual problems. High blood pressure can also cause the floaters. Passing viruses unrelated to HIV or other immune system compromising diseases can also occur. You did not say whether or not your doctor ran a test for HEP C.
The butterfly rash is sometimes indicative of lupus an automimmune disorder. Leukemia is very easy to diagnose and separate from other vague illnesses.
Leukemia is not a subtle disease. Chronic Fatigue syndrome can have some of the symptoms you suggest as well. Try to just ride it out and if your life is not being restricted by your symptoms, you will probably gradually recover fully. Just check with your doctor if you get worse.
[QUOTE=LIBLONDIE45]If you want to put your mind to ease now, just have a bone marrow biopsy and that will tell if you have leukemia. By the way, leukemia is NOT inherited and anyone can be the first in the family to come down with this dreaded disease such has my gf.[/QUOTE]

I am very sorry to hear about your loved one and I agree with you, the research I have done over the past few days shows nothing conclusive regarding family history of leukemia increasing risk. In fact from what ive seen, Leukemia seems to affect the healthy as much as much as it does the un-healthy. In a way, I almost feel like ignoring this possibility because I fear if I find out I have it, unlike HIV which has various forms of treatment, Leukemia MAY or MAY NOT have options anyway.

The first poster mentioned Lupus and I think this is a very good possibility as well, the Rash does not go across both cheeks as it does in typified Lupus, but it does go from one cheek, over the nose, and to roughly half of my other cheek. Alot of my other symptoms seem indicative of Lupus as well, but then some make no sense, such as the eye floaters.

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