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onchocerciasis???

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 8, 2010
  • 04:57 PM

Four years ago I got an intense itching on my ribs which spread to my arms. It felt like something was biting but couoldnt see anything. went to the doctor, suggested it could be scavies and gave me the topical cream. This didnt help at all so I went to another doctor who checked for parasites as I had been travelling. He found parasites in the intestine but curing them didnt help the itching. The itching got preogrssively worse and worse over the next three months and was very strange in that it was cyclical..would get really bad on thursday and friday, saturday id wake up in tears, call the doctor on monday, appt on tues or wednesday at which point I had no itch and no sign of anything. The only sign were these little lumps that would appear wherever I was itching. The itch was moving to upper things and down my arms. Nothing helped soothe the itch. Never had problems at night. Dr convinced it was scabies although had no clear signs of it and didnt seem to be contagious. Gave me iver mectin and it cleared up bar red bumps and a couple nodules that appear on my elbos from time to time. Last august the itch started to come back on the ribs. Went to the dr in december, finally going to a dermatologist next week but the symptoms are getting worse fairly quickly. I thinks its onchocerciasis as I was living in endemic areas (Brazil, Ecaudor and Kenya) at some point for at least a totoal of a year between 2003 and 2006 (2006 being when I had original symptoms). I saw 7 doctors back in 2006...no one cared and no one gave an official diagnosis. one doctor told me he was a doctor from upstate NY and he would never expect to see that in upstate NY so it wasnt possible that it was onchocerciasis. I now dread going to the doctor again because they prob wont believe me and I do notice little microfilial shaped things floating past my eyes in the past months so i am nervous that it is working its way to my eyes. Any one know anything about onchocerciasis or if it scabies can it be that I could have a boyfriend for four years and he hasnt gotten scabies? or that I have slept at friends houses etc and none of them have gotten anything?

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