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Neurosyhpilis? Please help

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  • Posted By: Concerned123
  • May 17, 2010
  • 01:05 PM


Im hoping someone can help me diagnose some of these sypmtoms. Seven years ago i was treated for Syphilis with Doxycycline 100mg over 14 days and had assumed the disease was gone, however since the past 4 years ive had a chronic cough that just wont go away, strange thing is i dont cough at all when im laying down or if im having conversations all day but when am alone in silence i cough till i get a headache or my chest gets sore.
About a month ago i woke up with a stiff neck and shoulder i thought it was probably due to sleeping incorrectly or maybe an overstrenuous workout at the gym, the pain persisted with a burning sensation in my upper arm and partially down my forearm so i went to see a doc who ordered a cerebral spine mri, an mri of the shoulder and a complete haemogram with differentials, the blood test came back normal, however the mri of the right shoulder showed some deterioration in the c5 ,c6, c7 sections with he attributed to age but sent me to an orthopedic surgeon for further analysis. Now when the ortho was checkin my muscle strength in both arms he asked me to push up against his arm with my left arm (good arm) and in the process my forearm tendon suffered a partial tear, which i thought was very strange as im accustomed to lifting 50-60kg with my left arm at the gym and have never suffered such an injury in my life. My question is this, am i overreacting or could this be Neurosyphilis as the symptoms all seem to be pointing in that direction. And if it is Neurosyphilis would it not have shown up in the complete haemogram? the doc seems to think any bacterial infection would have been flagged with the haemogram which in turn would prompt further testing. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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