Son's Situation

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by chinassa, Aug 13, 2002.

  1. chinassa

    chinassa New Member

    Hi my son is 25.He has been to dr's for 3 weeks now sick over a month.His fever goes up every night.He has a knot on his left side at his ribs.Says when he breaths it feels like
    knives sticking him.He has been in er 3 times.They gave him pain killers and antibiotics while doing cat scan and taking
    alot of bllod.His has protein in his urine and his enzymes
    are not right.
    His cat scan said his spleen was bleeding and his liver was enlarged.
    They first saidd he had mono.They are sending him to an
    organ spec.
    Sounds like they have no idea and he doesn't see the other dr till 23rd.
    WHAT SHOULD I TELL HIM TO DO???
    HAs anybody heard of any of this type stuff.
    Chinassa
  2. Milo83

    Milo83 New Member

    If I was in your son's position, I would push for his primary dr. to get him in to see the specialist A.S.A.P. & have the primary dr. tell him, it's urgent..
    I take it nothing is showing up with his blood work, except for his liver enzymes..If his spleen is bleeding and a enlarged liver, why won't they admit him to the hospital..
    Does he have any other symptoms besides the pain..
    I do know you can have problems with your spleen & liver when you have Mono..But also, Mono doesn't always show up on a blood test right away, sometimes you have to go back a few times and have it checked before it is positive for Mono..**Did they check the gallbladder..Some people have their gallbladder on the left instead of the right, but if they did the cat scan, that should have shown up..
    Sorry I can't help you anymore..Just throwing some suggestions around here..
    Take Care...Let us know how your son is doing........
  3. chinassa

    chinassa New Member

    He has been told they are going to do a bone marrow and a liver biopsy.Any ideas of what they may be looking for?
    I am going a litle nuts here.
  4. Milo83

    Milo83 New Member

    I would say if they are doing a liver biopsy they are looking as to what kind of shape the liver is actually in..Has he been tested for all forms of hepatitis..If his liver enzymes are up and all other forms of hepatitis are ruled out, they could be checking for AIH (autoimmune hepatitis)..That is where the body's own immune system attacks the liver..It's not as scary as it sounds, most people will respond with medication and there is a chance to go into remission, although you constantly have to be checked to make sure your liver enzymes are stable..I was diagnosed with AIH in Jan. of 2001 and am doing pretty well..I was put on high doses of steroids for 6months and then after 2months into the steroids, put on a drug called Imuran..Still on the Imuran today, but in a much lower dose..PLEASE TELL YOUR SON, NOT TO WORRY ABOUT LIVER BIOPSY..It is not that painful for most..The worst part is having to lay on right side for a couple of hours to prevent bleeding..

    As far as the bone marrow test, I would think they are trying to rule out luekemia or related disease..Once again, they are probably doing these tests to rule things out, so try not to get too upset..(I know, easier said than done)

    I wish I could be a lot more help to you, but I'm just not that familiar with all this..I want to wish your son the best of luck with his tests..Please keep us posted as to how they turn out..Hang in there Mom.........
    Take Care............
  5. chinassa

    chinassa New Member

    The Dr's are suppose to call my son today with blood work results.They are trying to confirm something called CMV
    anybody know what this is?
    Thanks,
    Chinassa
  6. PAT

    PAT New Member

    Cytomegalovirus is one of the herpes viruses. One of these viruses is congenital; a person is born with it, and it causes problems with the child's growth and development. Did this come on just recently, and suddenly? The symptoms are fatigue, fever,swollen lymph nodes,enlarged spleen. At times, a bacterial or fungal infection can occur too because of the decreased immunity.This is also the disease that pregnant women can get from changing the litter boxes of cats. This is all I know, but there is a great website that I get information from. It covers diseases, meds, supplements, a lot of good information. It's www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ I hope you get answers soon. But looking at too much information can get you confused and needlessly upset sometimes, so don't assume everything about it will definitely happen. It sounds like your son has good doctors looking into everything. Patti G
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  7. chinassa

    chinassa New Member

    hi pat.Thanks for the site.It sounds like younger kids usually get this.My son is 25.He had all of the above
    symptoms.
    He seems to be pretty much over it.He will try to go back to work this week.
    It sounds like a dreadful thing to carry in your body.I guess he may get a flare up again at any time.
    Thanks for the response.
    Chinassa
  8. PAT

    PAT New Member

    A good friend of mine called last weekend and said that her neighbor had a strange set of symptoms that had been going on for a couple of weeks. After your post, it clicked with me that it was the same stuff your son was going through. I called and asked if they ever figured out what it was, and she said, yes, something called CMV! I knew it! Strange to hear of two cases when I haven't heard of anyone having it in a very long time! The neighbor is slowly recovering as well. Patti G
  9. chinassa

    chinassa New Member

    Hi,It is a strange thing to diagnose i guess.He will be
    able to go back to work next week.(thank God it wasn't anything more serious.Thanks for your thoughts and comments.
    Have a nice day.It's beatiful here on the east caost today.
    High 80's.
    Chinassa
  10. catb

    catb New Member

    cmv is a virus that's all over the place but most of us carry some immunity to it. pregnant woman should be especially careful it can really cause problems for the unborn baby. If you work in a hospital or with special needs children you can easily come in contact with cmv. even in restrooms. wash hands often. good luck.