A very brief summation: I became infected with LF after traveling to several Pacific Island countries in 2000 - 2003. After two years of inconclusive tests for painful axial lymphandentis and fatigue, two lymphandectomys, (to rule out malignacy) and subsequent sepsis from the first surgical wound, my bloods were finally sent to CDC to rule out filariasis. The antibody test came back positive for filariasis. I belive I contracted it in Tonga in 2001.
The questions I have are many. Filariasis as a rarity in the US and information has been slow in coming. My main concern is future complications. I had seven axial lymph nodes removed on the right side, and one or two on the left. Will having fewer of these particular lymph nodes comprimise my ability to ward off infection? At the age of 41 it seems I do have many more infections..may just be getting old ;) or may my immune system be compromised? I continue to have painful swollen axial lymph nodes 5 years later despite two doses of DEC. Is there a possibily of renal damage? Lymphadema? I feel rather healthy, but just want to know if there may be some preventive strategies out there?
Any help would be appreciated.