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What can I have?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 19, 2007
  • 03:38 PM

Late in August I developed a rash that started on my hands (mainly fingers) and spread to my chest, arms, back and a little on my ears and on the sides of my nose. I went to my Dr. and she prescribed a topical. It didn't work. Then I went to a Dermatologist who prescribed a different topical and had my blood tested for Lupus (because of the rash, especially by my nose). The topical didn't work and the Lupus test was negative. Then about two weeks later I noticed that after very little activity I was becoming increasingly out of breath. I'm talking moving from one room of my house to another. So I went back to my GP and she did an EKG, a breathing test, sent me for bloodwork and a chest xray. The chest xray showed pneumonia in my right lung. So she gave me 10 days of antibiotics and some inhalers to use, one every night and the other when I was short of breath. I still had the rash, but it had cleared some. It was the most prevalent on my hands (fingers) with a little still on my back. Then a few days after I finished the antibiotics, my Dr. sent me for another chest xray. There was some improvement but still present and I was still having trouble breathing while moving. So she gave me more antibiotics and inhalers. She then wanted to talk about my bloodwork. It showed elevated liver levels and elevated muscle damage levels (don't know proper terms). So she started researching all my symptoms with the blood work results and had some possibilities to share. She said that it could be that the pneumonia may be elevating my levels and the rash was just some dermatitis, she said it could be Legionnaire's Disease and asked if I had been around exposed a/c vents. I work in a building that just has a dropped ceiling panels. The design is supposed to look like a warehouse and so I can see A/C vents from my desk. Then she said that it could also be Dermatomyositis. An auto-immune disease. She was confused about that because usually with that disease, pneumonia is brought on by trouble swallowing and food getting trapped in the lungs. I didn't and do not have trouble swallowing. Then I asked her if these symptoms, plus the headaches I'd been having daily, could be cause by mold exposure. My house is very old, wood framed, and has had several a/c & water leaks. She said it definitely could be mold exposure. She suggested I not only have my house tested but move out of it. If my symptoms improved, then most likely that is what it was. So until I get my house tested I've moved in with my parents (4 weeks now). I still have pneumonia, rash on my fingers but no headaches. In addition in the last couple of days my fingers have swollen and my knuckles are very painful. So I have no idea! Anyone?

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