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After months of nothingness, I am hoping for advice.

Posted In: Nerve conditions 4 Replies
  • Posted By: TiredandConfused
  • November 5, 2006
  • 09:05 AM

Over the summer I came down with mononucleosis and after the main viral symptoms passed, within weeks I began feeling as though my nervous system was weaker or more sensitive than it had been. Whether touching things or making sudden movements, I would feel tingling sensations in my hands and arms. This then began happening in my feet and legs as well within a week or two. When I felt tingling in the back of my neck, I figured there was something going on other than a weakened nervous system due to illness. I had about 20 neurological exams done from August-October, a lot of blood taken for tests and retests, 3 MRIs (two on my cervical spine and one on my brain/head) and 1 CT Scan (on my head). Other than the blood test for infectious mononucleosis coming back positive, the blood tests were all negative. Among the tests were a variety of vitamin-deficiency tests, but I was also checked for Lyme Disease, diabetes, Herpes, HIV, Syphilis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The first MRI of my C-Spine showed something there, but it was reordered because there was continued movement from me. The other two MRIs came back negative, with a slightly straightened C-spine being the only thing abnormal mentioned.

At first glance, it was assumed that I had the Coxsackie Virus (Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease) as I came down with a pretty severe sore throat and within a week (immediately after the sick symptoms began to go away) I developed a rash on both of my palms and in between my fingers. This rash began as very itchy for a day, but then became painful to touch and it was made up of (at first) several raised bumps, but over the course of the next few days, it pretty much covered both hands. After a week or two of this, the skin began to break and both hands became rough as there was dry, broken skin from the rash. However, after having the blood test for the coxsackie virus come back negative and the mono test come back positive (with it also being a recent infection as found through blood work), the rash came back around the end of September (so it happened in July after the original viral symptoms and again at the end of September).

A few weeks ago (I believe) I caused a self-inflicted penile abrasion while masterbating for over an hour. This abrasion worried me so I went to the Emergency Room (it was a Saturday morning that I noticed it) and was asked about Syphilis, which I replied that I was tested in August and it came back negative. A week later, after masterbating for a long time again, I caused the abrasion to reopen and my penis became very swollen. I went back to the ER and they looked at it and told me that it would go down and it should be all right but I had to leave it alone until it did. They also told me to have a full STD workup done, which I went to the hospital this past Friday to do and the only tests that were done were for Gonorreah, Chlamydia, and Syphilis (The RPR, which was what I had done at the end of August as well). I am still awaiting these results, but my sexual history is that I have never had unprotected intercourse, and I haven't had intercourse since January/February of this year. However, I have never had protected oral sex and over the summer I had it done twice (mid-June and then during the first few days of July) and have had it done three times since summer (late-September and mid-October). I didn't know that it was possible to get syphilis from oral sex until looking it up online after being told that this might be the cause of my abrasion and palm rashes.

I still think that the rash on my palms (and the irritation on my feet) are caused by something else, and kind of think that it may be a peripheral neuropathy (especially because for the past month I've been having tingling sensations in my head, and pretty bad headaches as well)

I know this was long, but I am just tired of not having everything addressed after four months of hospital appointments and tests with nothing being found and nothing really being considered other than what has been checked already.

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  • Hello,I am not a doctor, but the thing that caught my eye was when you said that your hands broke out and you penis became swollen. Have any of your doctors done an allergy test? Just thinking maybe your allergic to some cream or whatever it is you use.Just a thought.hma95
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 09:21 PM
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  • I don't use anything... My rash has occured twice (summer and then late September)...
    TiredandConfused 1 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 00:13 AM
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  • Couple of things caught my eye here. I think you may have several things going on at once. You do have some MS symptoms - the tingling sensations throughout your body and the bad headaches. Also (and not to get too personal), it sounds like you may be having some delayed orgasm responses which require an hour for you to .....you know. This could also be an MS nerve-related issue. The rashes are probably something else. Read the thread -Could this be MS? for more information. Good luck.
    sulejo 3 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 04:57 PM
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  • WOW.. the same thing is happening to me. Everything you've mentioned has happened to me too! If you have another idea of that you have, or you are acctually diagnosed.. pls post what it is you have.. because i'd like to have an idea as well!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 05:11 AM
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