In June of last year, I got what I thought was strep throat. All the symptoms matched up, but two strep tests (one rapid, one regular) and a test for mono all came up negative. They gave me a scrip for antibiotics (amoxicilin I think) anyway. I was a good little boy and took the antibiotics, and I got better on a pretty normal strep schedule.
Fast forward two months, my mom was yelling at me for still "using strep voice" referring to the fact that it still sounded as though the lymph nodes were swollen. Eventually I had her check them, because she didn't believe me that they were still swollen. We set up an appointment, they tested for some autoimmune stuff, and did another strep test. At that point I otherwise felt fine. They said that swollen glands aren't inherently pathological and that we should call again if I was suddenly to tired to get out of bed. (Which would indicate POTS, although what that has to do with swollen glands I haven't the foggiest.)
By October or so, the swelling went down on the right side. But on the left, it never completely went away. Also, around that time, I became anemic, and photosensitive. I can't comfortably go outside without sunglasses, even in winter, and I prefer to have them on inside as well if normal lights are on. (My bedroom and office have blue Christmas lights which bother me a lot less). Also I started experiencing nausea in the mornings, something that hadn't been a problem since I stopped taking multivitamins when I was 14. (It could not have been pregnancy, I was still a virgin at that point). I started having problems with lactose as well, but it's hard to say if I always had that and didn't pay attention. Nausea is better now, but the other symptoms remain.
To recap, swollen lymph node on the right side of the neck, anemia, photosensitivity, late onset lactose intolerance. I have been responsible for the cat boxes for the last 4 years (we had 3 cats then, 5 now), and now I'm pregnant. I am scared to death that it's toxoplasmosis, but I don't have insurance, so I haven't been able to check.
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