17 weeks ago I had a casual relationship involving oral sex both ways. After a few days I felt a little sore in my penis and sore throat and immediately got myself checked out (10 days post exposure) at my GUM clinic (urethral swabs/throat/bloods). Tests all -ve for STDs BUT microscopical results showed indications of pus cells (polymorphs?) suggesting inflammation due to infection. Antibiotic was given (4 tablets Azithromycin in 1 go). No improvement a few days later so a repeat of same antibiotic given but over a week plus a week of metrondiazole.
I was also given a tetracyclin based antibiotic early on - but cant recall what it was. I just had to stay out of sunshine.
After a couple weeks no improvement and was given another 5 day course of Azithro and Metrondiazole. All swabs done at GUM visits tests remained negative - apart from persistent presence of polymorphs. Eventually one test showed these polymorphs had gone. BUT I continued to feel chronically tired/run down and irritation to my urethra but now with swollen neck / jaw glands on left side - which at times felt tlike needles being jabbed into them under jaw.
I revisited the GUM clinic and discussed with the consultant. They said they'd thrown everything at this infection and therefore not a STD. I was told the NSU may have led to nerve endings in urethra being over sensitised and was prescribed a drug to counteract this. ive avoided taking it so far - it is an anti depressant drug but is also used (as in my case) to desensitise nerves.
I have avoided taking this drug simply because my neck glands are still swollen and my throat permanantly sore and the fact these symptoms came on shortly after the ones in my urethra suggest they must be related. I still have a permanant dull ache in low groin/penis and now I have regular mild headaches. The consultant insists that anything going on up in my throat and neck is nothing to do with STDs. I went back at 3 months and tested for HIV and Syph and all came back -ve. I was told this is conclusive that i dont have any STD and that I should take the drug to desenitise my irritational pain in urethra. My worry is it could mask something else going on?????.Im not paranoid hnest - but thsi really isnt in my head - I really do feel ill. I asked the consultatnt if the 3 month result could still be too soon for Syph/HIV and he said no - if I'd of had it the results would be very posiitve by 3 months. I am not immunocompromised to the best of my knowedge (im not diabetic/on drugs etc ). Why am I still so fatigued and why does my urethra/groin feel so irritated still and why is my throat sore/glands in neck left and now somethime right sore - are there any other stds they could have missed?
Im coming upto 40, non smoker, light social drinker. Otherwise in reasonable health.
No idea what to do. I finally went to see my own family doc recently. I didn't tell them about the std clinic since the consultants and docs I saw were so insistent that I've not got a STD. My family doc said I should come back in a couple weeks for bloods to check - but I really don't want to go and for them to find an STD that the GUM clinic should have picked up.
Any advice - I'm sooooo scared/worried?
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