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Offline monin73

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Sputum culture results
« on: April 27, 2015, 12:24:43 PM »
Hi , happy spring !
I've had a long winter of missed diagnosis's , and several serious health issues .
Oh ..where do I begin . My current focus is results from a lung sputum culture showing a light Candida dubliniensis growth and a heavy growth of Staph Aureus .
Over the past two years I've had "Pneumonia" several times , thrush , advanced toe nail fungus , fungal eyelid infection . All treated seperately at the time , my viral load has been undetectable for quite awhile and T4's around 400 . I recently insisted to be put on a anti fungal for the Candida . What concerns me is the Staph infection and knowing from my body messages that I'm not getting better and coughing up sputum in the mornings .
Anyone have ideas , experiences to share . Besides physically there's no telling when at any given time during day that I can't move .
PS Bouts of severe night sweats have come and gone for over 8 months, seems to be a peculiar smell to the sweat .

Offline BT65

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Re: Sputum culture results
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2015, 05:52:57 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forums, in particular the long term survivors section. 

Maybe you could tell us a little about your background, particularly how long you've been diagnosed?  I apologize in advance if you were diagnosed prior to 1996.  We just tend to be protective of this section and being that your post was your very first one on the forums, I am curious about your history.  If you posted here by mistake, one of the mods can move it to the appropriate section.  Again, I apologize in advance if it does belong in this section.

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Offline monin73

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Re: Sputum culture results
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 11:06:53 AM »
Tested + 1990 health center on 9th ave in NYC . Moved to Provincetown to feel safe ,supported and live out my Drs . prognosis of 2years max . Don't understand why my post was shifted to Just tested , what about my privacy

Offline zach

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Re: Sputum culture results
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 11:16:19 AM »
hi monin, i'm sure the moderators will place your post correctly... today is sort of a holiday in the united states (is mothers day an international holiday?) so they may be away from their computers... they're people with lives too :)

in your first post last week it's not clear that you are even HIV+, but you've now cleared that up, we always take people at their word

welcome to the boards! you have free access here, and can post in the "living with" if you'd like, but then us youngins get to respond as well, or you can remain stay over on the long term survivors board

either way, your privacy is not at risk by your first post being placed here justed tested poz. do keep in mind though this is a public searchable forum; anyone, member or not, can see what is posted here. how cautious you want to be with personally identifiable information is up to you, just giving a heads up.

edited to add... for some reason i thought you were irish, don't ask me why... damn dementia :)
« Last Edit: May 10, 2015, 11:19:53 AM by zach »
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Re: Sputum culture results
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015, 03:18:18 PM »
Tested + 1990 health center on 9th ave in NYC . Moved to Provincetown to feel safe ,supported and live out my Drs . prognosis of 2years max . Don't understand why my post was shifted to Just tested , what about my privacy

I'm sorry I moved your thread to the wrong forum at first.  You are now where you belong.


Offline deibster

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Re: Sputum culture results
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 06:11:07 PM »
Hello Monin,
I've been off the forums all winter, I fell & broke my elbow and my partner had bad pneumonia. You don't say which clinic you go to.
I used to see Dr. Chris Rowley, from Beth Israel-Deaconess in Boston, at Outer Cape Health in PTown. If I didn't feel well, he always asked me about night sweats. If you are still having these problems, you should make an appointment to see him. He still comes to PT once a month, I believe.

The Staph infection & the fungus in your sputum are nothing to take lightly. Hoping you are already mending. Big Hugs, Deibster
Poz since Dec 1992. Meds since 1995. Disability since 2005. Constantly fighting the Lipodystrophy 'beer gut.'

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Offline Grasshopper

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Re: Sputum culture results
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2015, 02:38:13 AM »
When I have bouts of thick sputum (especially in the winter) I take this before going to bed :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetylcysteine

In the past when I had persistent oral/throat thrush that couldn't be cleared with Fluconazole oralgel or lozenges, I was prescribed capsules (as I recall 200mg) to treat it systemic, which helped cleared the Candida infection. I suggest you to ask your doctor about this.  Good luck.

Offline monin73

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Re: Sputum culture results
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2015, 09:54:20 AM »
Thanks all , yes 25 years + .  All I wanted was a p,ace to dumbo , vent , share , support , suggestions from people like me . To be understood with all the various tangents involved is hard to find .
Thanks for responses
Saw Dr. Rowly yesterday , wants to hold back treating Staph as it returns in 40% of those treated . Need to mull that response over . Though everything I've researched states the same


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