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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 17, 2011
  • 06:53 PM

Hi everyone,

So relieved to read some of the posts on here.

I'm a 30 year old woman with cat scratch fever and it seems like hardly anyone in the UK knows what it is.

Last autumn my husband and I adopted a 12 week old kitten from some friends. When she came the poor thing was swarming with fleas and we had her treated straight away.

By the end of November it was clear that my health and energy wasn't right. I normally work long hours, go jogging and have a busy social life. It started with headaches and then I ended up having lumps on my face and in my neck. My GP said it was probably just a lymph node infection and treated me with general antibiotics which helped with the swelling and enabled me to enjoy a fairly normal, albeit tired, Christmas and new year.

By January the swelling in my neck was getting worse and I was refered to an ear, nose and throat specalist. We went through lots of tests and scans and a draining of the neck eventually showed suspected cat scratch although my blood test results have been lost and I'm waiting for the second round.

By February I was unable to work. So low on energy, aches in my joints and occasional sickness and dizziness. The lump in my neck was golf ball size at it's biggest point (before being drained). That has gone down a lot but the one on the side of my ear is getting bigger and I just don't know when it will all end.

I'm taking azithromycin (antibiotics) for the second time at the moment and I have tried more courses of various types of antibiotics than I can remember over the last four months.

I'm still seeing my ENT specialist but he says he's never seen a case of CSD this bad and now I'm worrying there is something else wrong with me. Does anyone have any other suggestions about what I should do or has anyone had a similar experience?

Kath, Great Britain

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