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Cat scratch fever

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  • Posted By: renpel
  • January 22, 2007
  • 05:10 PM

I was diagnosed 6 months ago with Cat Scratch Fever. After multiple rounds of antibiotics, the bartonella bacteria is now gone...however I still have one swollen lymph node(pecan size), which is occasionally painful.
Attempts to drain have been unsuccessful as there is no fluid. Is this normal for the lymph node to still be swollen even after blood work shows the infection is gone>

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  • Do not rely on the testing!!.......Bartonella tests are historically inaccurate!! There are lots of strains that can't even be tested for. Not to get your hopes down, but, the reality is that Bartonella is tricky and if a blood test says you are negative it's not a 100% accurate test, and your docotor should have already told you that.G. from PA who has lyme disease, bartonella, and babesia.........
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 02:01 AM
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  • Aware of any successful combinations of antibiotics?
    renpel 1 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 08:03 PM
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  • Finally, someone who had CSD (cat scratch disease). I'll paste my experiences dealing with it so far...I'm interested in hearing how you got a diagnosis and anything dealing with it. I had Optic Neuritis and I believe I got it from my cat. My email is mtrocine@yahoo.com and michelle.trocine@lmco.com Please email me-very confused-I'm 29 and I just want to feel healthy again-I don't complain to the people around me because I don't feel they understand. Below is the story of my cat and I. I'm going to include both my and my cat's history since that may lead to my diagnosis. I have health insurance and have been to doctors but most do not want to actually take the time to listen to what the patient has to say. I believe that I may have CSD but I'm not sure how to get a doctor to take my case seriously or where to go. I live in the South Jersey Area. Mid August 2006 - Bring my healthy appearing kitten (about 7 months old) to the vet to get vacinated End August/Begin September 2006 - 2 to 3 weeks after I notice my cat sneezed a few times - I don't consider he picked something up at the vets at the time - just figured something irritated him or a little cold -he is an indoor and only pet End of September 2006 - Cat begins what sounds like a hairball cough despite being a short haired cat and that I brush him a few times a week. I give him hairball medicine. Mid October 2006 - I am scratched by the cat but don't really make a deal of it since I've had cats before and didn't know about CSD. I have a healthy immune system but I usually work over 40 hours a week, go to school part time, and try to make it to the gym 4 to 5 times a week so I tend to wear myself down. The cat continues to cough more often though it really sounds like hairballs - I decided to take him to the vet. End of October 2006 - I feel as if I've been run over by a truck-everything hurts and my lymph nodes are really swollen-neck is sore - bad headaches. I contribute it to being run down. Cat continues to get worse - I bring him to the vet and they give me an antihistimine for him. Begin of November 2006 - I still have the swollen lymph nodes and headaches grow worse. I'm not a moody irritable person but I snap at people because my head hurts despite taking pain relievers for it. On a Friday my left eye starts to bother me - like an infection its very sore - I wear contact lenses and work on computers so I attribute it to that. Note-My cat's litter box is under the sink in the bathroom which is also where I put in my contact lenses - I have dropped lenses on the floor and rinsed them off but I know that just because something appears clean there may still be bacteria that I didn't see. Friday my symptoms grow worse to the point of nausea from the head/neck/eye pain. I use genimicin eye drops I had left over from an eye infection that were still good because I can't see the Dr til Monday. Monday I notice my vison in my left eye is cloudy which I think is from my glasses but it scares me a bit. I have an eye dr apt Tuesday. I go to the eye Dr who sees small retinal leisons and thinks I may have a tear-sent to a retinal specialist who rules that out. Wednesday go to Wills Eye in Philly-finger count vision in left eye (horrible pain with eye movement) diagnosed with Optic Neuritis. Prescribed IV steriods and have an MRI taken. I didn't know about CSD so I didn't bring it up to the Wills Eye Dr. I do know that I had bilateral optic disc edema even though only my left eye was visually affected. The following week I have 3 days of 1000mg of steriods twice a day IV drip. My vision comes back to 20/20 with contacts/glasses in the next few weeks. My finger the cat scratched is still sore/red despite the wound not being open anymore (scab). I go to move a hair off of my face and I notice that its hot to the touch - my other fingertips are much cooler. I know this is sign of an infection so I figure I will take care of it when I get home from work. I sterilize a needle, lance the finger and a bunch of white puss comes out. I reopen the wound and clean it with alcohol and antibacterial soap and put neosporin on it three times a day and it heals with a scar but the infection is gone. End of December 2006 - Cat's cough grows worse-sounds like whooping type of cough - vet prescribes asthma meds for the cat. I begin to get headaches/sore neck again-the only thing I can think of is that I have mono but I ask my brother because he had mono before and he had more then just swollen lymph nodes and headaches. January 2007 - Cat is now waking me up 3 to 4 times a night with his coughing spells. I bring him to the vet again and they give me Amoxicillan for him. I record the cat coughing on my cell and let the vet hear it and its a different type of cough-sounds like a hairball. They xray him and no blockages. My neck/head pain grow worse and this time I feel it behind my good eye. I do searches on bilateral edema because I really don't think that I have MS but wonder that since I and the cat have been sick if there is something I can get or what??? I read about CSD and bartonella (sp?) bacteria and what it does to people and cats. The cat grows worse while on amoxicillian. I go to the Dr for a sinus infection (hoping its that and not another bout of optic neuritis) and he also gives me amoxicillian. I feel better a few hours after I take my first dose but then I feel bad again. I do more reading and learn that this bartonell is resistant to amoxicillan. I tried bringing up CSD to my Dr but because I'm 29 and don't have any immue issues he just tells me its prb a sinus infection. When I learn that this bacteria is resistant to Amox and that I am not getting better only worse I lie and tell my dr I think I'm getting hives from amox and he gives me Zithromax. I begin to feel better two days after starting Zithromax. I call the vet and they also put the cat on Zithromax because I requested it. They tell me its rare that cats show symptoms from bartonella but they give me the Zithromax anyway. He begins to get better too. The cat improves where he only has a coughing fit once a night instead of three to four times. Both of us finish the taking ten days of Zithromax. I come home from work and I get scared-he's breathing shallow and is very lethargic. The vet tells me to bring him in that night. I request a vet that is older and experienced. This vet listens when I tell him about the cat and what I think is wrong (I work with computers so I trouble shot my cat-lol- ex: what is resistant to amox and so on). The vet gives him a shot of steroids and Zeniquin for ten days (he tells me its the cat version of leviquin (Quinolone family). Cat is now off of asthma med and has two days left of antibiotics. He stopped coughing the first day on the Zeniquin and has been healthy and cough free since-he is no longer on the asthma medicine either. Please give me your thoughts on this. My optic neuritis did improve but I still get pain in the nerve area. Is this normal if I'm healed? I have Aetna so I have to go through my primary doctor to see a specialist does anyone know of one in the South Jersey/Philly Area that deals with this. I don't know what to do...should I go on leviquin and see if it heals me like my cat. I'm 29 years old and otherwise healthy-eat right not overweight don't drink much (a few a week socially). HELP!
    mtrocine 2 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 04:26 PM
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  • our family has a serious history of this ailment. you simply MUST get the cat out of your household and never own a cat again.We have had allergic responses,a cousin in a coma from this, and another cousin whose eyes swell shut around cats. please find a home for your cat. Right now my older brother thinks he has lymphoma and we suspect the 2 cats in his household. please react and leave the felines alone...for your lifetime.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
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  • I have been sick for two years now with fibromyalgia, pelvic infections, bursitis, you name it one thing after another. It all started two summers ago during a camping trip I woke up swollen and sore everywhere I thought I had the flu-problem is it hasn't gone away symptoms are worse. After I saw two different rhuematologists they diagnosed me with fibromyalgia, and ongoing pelvic inflammatory disease that can't be explained. Recently I found a large lump in my arm, I freaked out my Dr. had it removed immediately and biopsy says it is a infected lymph node with bacteria that resembles bartonella hensleii infection (cat scratch disease). Dr.'s tell me that this is a seperate issue and they don't believe this infection is related to my "fibromyalgia", my question is can this be in your system for two years and maybe be overlooked all along? My blood work has also continuosly come up with low WBC counts and high monocytes. I was seriously a healthy active person two years ago, I'm 29 now and feel like I'm sick all the time and I have a hard time believing that I am this unlucky and none of these things are related. If you have information that would help me or point my research in the right direction please Help!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
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  • our family has a serious history of this ailment. you simply MUST get the cat out of your household and never own a cat again.We have had allergic responses,a cousin in a coma from this, and another cousin whose eyes swell shut around cats. please find a home for your cat. Right now my older brother thinks he has lymphoma and we suspect the 2 cats in his household. please react and leave the felines alone...for your lifetime. I was looking for symptoms of allergic reaction since my 4 year old woke up from his name this afternoon, with his eyes swollen shut. We did have a cat approx. 3 weeks ago, but had to get rid of it due to allergies. My husband says that my son's eyes is a a result of the lingering cat hair. What can I do to determine this? and also what can i do to prevent this? I'm nervous and don't know what to do, anything you could offer regarding an opinion of would be greatly appreciated. thanks
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  • This is my second time with "cat scratch disease". Ten years ago, I brought home a stray kitten that accidently scratched my neck. I ended up with a huge golfball size knot on my neck where he had scratched me. The doc gave me a lot of antibiotics and this eventually went away. Just this week, my cat stuck one of his claws into my lip and the next morning my lip was swollen and I started getting a fever blister in the same spot. Now, my face is swollen and miserable, my lip is twice the size it should be, and I'm on prednisolone and antibiotics, once again. Hang in there those of you who have it, I know from experience that it makes you feel awful (flu-like symptoms) etc, but it does eventually go away. Believe it or not, I still love cats. :P
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
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  • I am suffering from Cat Scratch Disease. I have been through 3 courses of various antibiotics. I am now on Steriods because my shoulder does not work and is inflamed. All of the glands in my neck, shoulders, and now my right side of my groin area are swollen. I have a fever everyday even though I take prescription strength Aleve. I have no energy and am trying to work. (I am a teacher). I'm getting worse. My doctor says my cat scratch disease should be better by now and is testing for other things. It still feels the same and my symptoms are the same, just worse. What am I going to do?
    AvidCyclist76 1 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
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  • I do not have CSD, however I do spend a lot of time researching things and something I came across that may be helpful to someone is that this possibly could be a secondary or co-infection of Lyme's disease. I am in no way qualified to do much but tie my shoes, but you may want to check into that and also Teasel Root.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 3, 2009
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  • Yes,the lymphadenopathy can persist for several months.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 4, 2009
    • 01:24 PM
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  • I currently have SEVERE Cat scratch fever. Three doctors, a hospital visit and eventually I landed on the step of an infectious disease doctor's doorstep.5 month's ago I adopted a 'rescue' cat. A month later she gave birth to three tiny kittens ... We delivered the babies and held them to our bodies as if they were our own. HUGE mistake. The kitten saliva made it's way into our mouths, and now me (age 40) and my little daughter (age 5) are presenting with the WORST symptoms; huge swollen lymph glands in our mouths, on our necks, and even in the armpit area. My daughter's fever hit 104'8. The body aches are non-stop along with vomiting, chills, headaches, blurry vision and severe fatigue.Add insult to injury, we both test positive to mycoplasma bacteria, and mono. YES, YOU CAN HAVE ALL THREE AT ONCE!TREATMENT for SURVIVAL: Cat Scratch disease responds to doxycycline (tetracycline) 5 week course of 200mg per day (adult only). Mycoplasma (walking pneumonia) will respond to z-pack, biaxin, levoquin, Avalox. The Mono is presenting in high fever, chills, stomach upset ... REST!!! Getting to the infectious disease doctor was perfect! He knew what to test for, how to treat and how to keep me calm. The man is a life saver! The lymph nodes in my neck were were 2.5cmx2cm with nectrotic centers. 5 weeks later, they are down, and until this very recent bout with mono and walking pneumonia, I was getting better.Getting the right doctor who will listen and do tests is key. If you get anything "weird" go to an infectious disease doctor ... They are trained to look for the things your regular doctor might overlook.Best of luck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
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  • The optic neuritis does not cause eye pain that you're now experiencing.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
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  • I am suffering from Cat Scratch Disease. I have been through 3 courses of various antibiotics. I am now on Steriods because my shoulder does not work and is inflamed. All of the glands in my neck, shoulders, and now my right side of my groin area are swollen. I have a fever everyday even though I take prescription strength Aleve. I have no energy and am trying to work. (I am a teacher). I'm getting worse. My doctor says my cat scratch disease should be better by now and is testing for other things. It still feels the same and my symptoms are the same, just worse. What am I going to do?I JUST ADOPTED A CAT RECENTLY AND HE WAS SNEEZING AND SICKLY WHEN I GOT HIM AND THEY HAD HIM ON AMOXICILLIN WHICH MADE HIM HAVE NASTY GREEN DIARRHEA, SO I TOOK HIM OFF IT, AND I REMEMBER LAYING IN BED AND HE CRAWLED UP BESIDE ME AND I WAS PETTING HIS HEAD WHEN HE SNEEZED IN MY FACE...YUCK! ANYHOW, I KNOW HE COULDN'T HELP IT, BUT I JUST RETURNED FROM THE ER AND THEY DIAGNOSED ME WITH MONO! MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY A FEW YEARS AGO, AND ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I BEEN KISSED BY ANYONE, AND I LIVE ALONE AND DON'T HARDLY EVER GO AROUND ANYONE BECAUSE SINCE BEING AN OTR TRUCK DRIVER, I DON'T KNOW MANY PEOPLE. I WAS ON HERE SEARCHING TO SEE IF I COULD HAVE GOTTEN THIS MONO CRAP FROM MY CAT SNEEZING IN MY FACE..??.. I'M THINKING THAT AFTER READING WHAT ALL YOU HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT CAT SCRATCH FEVER... I THINK MY CAT HAD AND HAS MONO AND I THINK HE GAVE IT TO ME... HOW ELSE DID I GET IT??? SO IF ANY OF YOU ARE STILL REALLY SICK, I WOULD SUGGEST YOU GET TESTED FOR MONO! AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE IT BECAUSE I'D REALLY LIKE TO KNOW HOW I GOT MONO SINCE I'VE ONLY BEEN AROUND MY CAT... my e mail is christianladydrive at the yahoo place....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
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