Patient Comments: Tuberculosis - Diagnosis

How was the diagnosis of your tuberculosis established?

A Doctor's View on Tuberculosis Diagnosis

Read the Comment by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

Tuberculosis, or TB, occurs in either a latent or active form. A tuberculosis diagnosis is made by performing a skin test, blood test, X-rays, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture. Latent TB infections are diagnosed according to criteria from the CDC. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: pucca31, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I started with tuberculosis symptoms 12 months before I was diagnosed. Night sweats and a cough were the first signs, then chest pain, fevers, sputum, weakness and weight loss. I had to go to my doctors on five occasions to be told that I had a chest infection, asthma and pleurisy. Eventually, a chest X-ray and blood were taken to discover it was tuberculosis (T.B.). By that time I was really ill and weak. I recall this as a nightmare. I then was taken to two drugs after a couple of months and my symptoms came back. I had to be isolated for nearly two months and given second-line drugs such as streptomycin injections. I had a six-drug therapy which made me feel sick all of the time. It was not nice. I panic every time I have an infection or a cough. I worry that it might be back to haunt me.

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Comment from: pos for tb, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

I was in the army when I was exposed to tuberculosis. I have lived with it for 16 years. I have non active TB. I'm being monitored at the Veteran Affairs hospital ever since. I had to go through a long treatment program, but grateful to be alive still!

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Comment from: rahul, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I had pain in the right side just under my arm pit and down to my rib cage. I only had pain when I coughed, hiccupped or stretched out my right arm. My doctor initially thought it a strained muscle but after 3 days of treatment she sent me for X-Ray which found a small spot on the upper part of my right lung and some fluid at the base. She diagnosed TB and after giving me some injections, put me on a course of tablets twice a day. She told me that the condition was not serious but would take up to 6 months to remove the symptoms.

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Comment from: Don, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 04

During my second semester at the graduate school where I was taking my MBA, I started waking up in the middle of the night soaked in sweat. A week after I started to have a fever every afternoon and felt some pain in my back. Shortly after a few days my cough started, so I went to the doctor and he told me it was just a mild case of respiratory infection and he just gave me antibiotics. After a week with no visible improvements, I decided to go to a pulmonologist and he finds out from my chest x-ray that my right lungs is positive with fluid, so I had to undergo thoracentesis. Just after 2 days, the pleural fluid test result came out that I was positive with TB. It was so hard for me to accept that I had to stop studying for more than four months just to be sure that I won't be able to infect my friends and classmates. I hope it won't come back ever again.

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Comment from: Steve, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

My lymph nodes in the neck (to the right) started swelling up. Usually one node would swell up to quite a large size and the surrounding nodes to a lesser degree. The lymph node would return to normal size in around two to three months. Sometimes there would be no swelling for a few months and then another node would swell up again. Initially, doctors thought of it as a minor infection but later asked me to get the skin test done. The test confirmed it as tuberculosis. I am currently undergoing treatment.

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Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My son and I had positive skin tests when he was in preschool. He was treated with the INH drug therapy; I was not because I didn't have any symptoms, but during the time he was being treated I was doing research at the library,(it was in the early 70's), and I read that the disease can remain in the body for many years and eventually effect the bone. I have suffered from bone pain in my thigh for years and have had x-rays and an MRI, along with shots of cortisone. It has been diagnosed as bursitis.

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