I am a 30 year old female (5'9, 135lbs). My most recent concern has been the night sweats and I have had diarrhea for over 2 weeks straight, 4-8 times a day. My doctors do not know what is wrong with me and I feel like they have given up. I traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from September 15 - 22, 2006. I am concerned that I may have picked up something there, such as malaria. My symptoms started in January 2007.
I just received my colonoscopy results and I have been diagnosed with Collagenous Colitis. The gastrologist told me that he would not be able to investigate the cause, because that is not his specialty. He was only able to diagnose me and write a prescription to treat it. I read that viruses can cause Collagenous Colitis. Along with my other symptoms below, I am starting to think that I am carrying some type of virus that is not being diagnosed.
• Night Sweats (January 3-23, 2007, April 7-23, 2007, June 27 - July 8, 2007) present
• Fatigue throughout day during night sweat time periods
• Diarrhea (no blood present)
• Pain in shoulder joints
• Blurred vision
• Weight Loss noticed in January. Has been fluctuating 126-135 pounds
• Sometimes my feet are asleep when I wake up (tingling/numb feeling)
Dr. Woldeabezgi (Infectious Disease Specialist) 7/19/07
• No Ova and parasite noted in the material examined (stool test)
• Burgdorferi AB Screen - Less than .91
• Malaria Blood - No Plasmodium species seen (Note: The Quest technician had no experience with malaria testing. She thought that she could test my stool for Malaria.)
• E. Chaffeensis AB IGG - <1:64
• Phagocytophilum IGG <1:64
• Phagocytophilum IGM <1:20
• Final Diagnosis: Get a colonoscopy for the diarrhea
Dr. Ramanan (Family Doctor) 1/12/07 - Present
• EKG - Normal
• Various Blood tests - all within normal limits
• TB test - Negative
• Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis CT scans - Normal
Virtual Physical 7/6/07
• Brain, neck, chest, heart, abdomen, pelvis and spine scan - Normal
Dr. Ashraf Meelu (Oncologist/Hematologist) 5/07-7/07
• Various blood tests - Normal
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