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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: So it wasn't TB


 niffer_marie - Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:48 pm

I am a 22 year old female and I was semi-diagnosed with TB. After the skin test came out negative and my smear showed no AFB, I was clear to go back to work. I still have a few weeks to find out if I have TB at all.

Is there anything else that has the same symptoms as TB? I have a fever, night sweats, I am easily fatigued, and have a cough that sometimes produces blood. My chest x-ray did come back abnormal. I have scarring on the upper parts of both of my lungs.
I don't smoke, but I did grow up with my mom who is a smoker. I'm not on any medications, but I do have anemia, if that means anything...

Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:31 pm

User avatar I am confused. If your skin test was negative, and AFB testing negative, how were you "semi diagnosed with TB"? Most often the skin test is going to be positive but chest x-rays can also diagnose it so if they told you it was consistent with TB that sounds pretty clear. Yes, other conditions can also have similar symptoms (cancer, other lung conditions, lymphoma, pneumonia, etc.) so I'm sure your doctor is working on this.

Good luck and be sure to follow up with recommendations by your doctor to be sure you get the complete and necessary treatment. Good luck.

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