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Urgent help needed! Are there any diseases with similar symptoms to Leptospirosis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 28, 2006
  • 00:26 AM

Hi all
My dad was taken into hospital a week ago and the doctors still find his condition a mystery. They are treating him for Leptospirosis even though the test came back negative. He also hasn't been in an environment (i.e. near rats/animals/sewers/rivers etc) where he would have picked anything up.
He hasn't eaten for 11 days, he has jaundice, septicemia (which I believe went into septic shock 3 days ago as his blood pressure dropped drastically), pneumonia, aching muscles and joints, delirious with hallucinations, burning stomach pains and he's skin is puffed up. His stomach/abdomen is distended. The rash has been put down to septicemia. He started losing his appetite about a month ago and then 11 days ago we thought he had a tummy bug as he was vomiting and nauseus with headaches. He hasn't had any nose bleeds or other bleeding. The doctors say his liver and possibly his pancreas is infected but they can't seem to find anything to connect all his symptoms. He's a young 60, very fit, doesn't drink. I was dancing with him two weeks ago. We're all very worried as he said he nearly died 3 days ago and he's scared. Sorry for such a long post. Are there any questions I should be asking the doctors? Or are there any similar diseases to Leptospirosis/Weil's disease? Any help is much appreciated - he's a wonderful man and we don't want to lose him! Many thanks. Robin.

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  • hiwe have some cases of leptospirosis in our city { surat -india}at present after a flood.The symptoms similar to what u described have been found in some cases who were not even exposed to flood water or rats.however most cases had hemaragic pnemonia alsoIn leptospirosis sometimes positive test is not found even after few weeks of the onset of disease .but the possibility should not be ruled out.the disease can be easily controlled in earlier stage by antibiotic doxicycline 200mg/day or amoxycillin .intravenous injections of these antibiotics may be needed in later stage.i hope this information may help in treatmentI wish your dad an early recoveryvirendra joshi
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2006
    • 02:41 PM
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  • Hi Virendra Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I'm glad to hear the diagnosis may be correct afterall even if it's only found positive after a while. I will check with the doctors to see if they are prescribing the antibiotics you've mentioned. Thank you for your kind words. It makes all the difference to know there are people who want to help. I wish you all the best with recovering after the floods. Kind regards. Robin.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2006
    • 08:34 PM
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  • :) Hi Virendra. Just a quick message to say thank you - my dad is now doing really well and is out of hospital. The second lot of results came back positive for Leptospirosis or Weil's Disease as I believe it's called in its more serious form. Although he lost 2 stone in weight over the last six weeks and finds sitting on his boney **m a little painful, he is very glad to be alive and thinks even the smallest things like bran flakes are the most wonderful thing in the world! Something odd I came across was that a friend who talked about a relative who had also had Weil's disease had experienced exactly the same hallucination: they both thought there was a man under their bed in a big overcoat waiting to take them away. I don't know if this is a common hallucination in general, or one that is particular to Weil's disease or even whether it's just a weird coincidence, but I found it interesting nonetheless! Many thanks for your help, it's a huge relief to us all that he pulled through. Robin.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2006
    • 03:49 PM
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  • He could have meningitis. My blood pressure dropped rapidly when I had it. There are some things that sound the same. It does get missed alot for some reason.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 00:37 AM
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