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double pneumonia, viral/bacterial infection, unresponsive to antibiotics

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 27, 2007
  • 01:35 AM

please help me. my friend amy, 43 yrs., normally very healthy has been in an icu unit for over a week with little to no improvement. it started with the flu, turned into double pneumonia and now there is an undiagnosed/untreatable viral infection/bacterial infection that is not subsiding. they have her on paralytics (sorry for my mis-spelling of some things) to paralyze her muscles, they have her sedated to the point of unconciousness, on a ventilator, 100% oxygen and pumped full of broad spectrum antibiotics as well as penicillin. nothing is working. she has a temperature of 100 to 101. she is very bloated as to be expected. the infectious disease doctor is basically throwing up his hands saying he doesn't know what to do. we can't move her to another facility as we are told there is not a ventilator that can go above 50%. she can't get a cat scan because of this also. she has had an adominal ultra sound that came out fine. she has had a spinal tap which came out fine. they keep doing blood cultures and nothing is "growing" as a result of the saturation of antibiotics in her system or so i am told. please help, any information will be appreciated.

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  • Please tell us what happened with Amy? Some rickettsial infections are a cross between a bacterial and viral infection. Were they ever able to determine Amy's problem? It is disappointing to hear that an infectious disease specialist was throwing up his hands. I hope to hear that she got better.
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  • I wish there was an answer to this my mother is in ICU with very similar symptomsPlease tell us what happened with Amy? Some rickettsial infections are a cross between a bacterial and viral infection. Were they ever able to determine Amy's problem? It is disappointing to hear that an infectious disease specialist was throwing up his hands. I hope to hear that she got better.
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  • I have a friend that is 34 years old and has the same illness. Did you ever find and answer to your question about amy.please help me. my friend amy, 43 yrs., normally very healthy has been in an icu unit for over a week with little to no improvement. it started with the flu, turned into double pneumonia and now there is an undiagnosed/untreatable viral infection/bacterial infection that is not subsiding. they have her on paralytics (sorry for my mis-spelling of some things) to paralyze her muscles, they have her sedated to the point of unconciousness, on a ventilator, 100% oxygen and pumped full of broad spectrum antibiotics as well as penicillin. nothing is working. she has a temperature of 100 to 101. she is very bloated as to be expected. the infectious disease doctor is basically throwing up his hands saying he doesn't know what to do. we can't move her to another facility as we are told there is not a ventilator that can go above 50%. she can't get a cat scan because of this also. she has had an adominal ultra sound that came out fine. she has had a spinal tap which came out fine. they keep doing blood cultures and nothing is "growing" as a result of the saturation of antibiotics in her system or so i am told. please help, any information will be appreciated.
    neuhaus2 1 Replies
    • October 3, 2011
    • 03:38 AM
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  • , please help!!my breath has been contagious for about 8 years now. At first I guess I was I'm denial and it quickly progressed In 2003 . I tell my doctors, they say allergy or sinuses. I have had a bronchialogy (spelling ) they said they had found nothing. Whenever IM around anyone to long their nose WILL start to run first, after long exposure they WILL get a headache. If I stay overnight or even talk too close they will have flu like symptoms. I have had my blood tested for hiv, herpes ,tb and everything that would explain my symptoms they all came back negative! Everyone has grew to deal with it and say nothing about it. I have a son that is afraid to come close to me he's 12 . I just want me life back!! This has been controlling my life!! I have hi blood Presser, but I haven't ever lost weight or appetite. If I drink alcoholic drinks it seems to make me more contagious. Im not a bad looking man so it rumored that I have hiv. That's nt the case so what can it b ? I've been tested every year cuz I want to know want the problem could be. I've been given antibiotics before but it didn't change anything!! When I try to tell all the doctors I've been to, that I'm contagious they look at me crazy do tests then find nothing and day I'm just overreacting. This has been a nightmare for me! Please help me so ill know what to tell them to test for If u need more info ill gladly give more!! I just want me life back!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2011
    • 10:53 AM
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