Patient Comments: Valley Fever - Experience

Please describe your experience with valley fever (coccidioidomycosis).

Comment from: norma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My husband and I were driving home from an outing but almost home, and I asked him to take me to the hospital as I was having chest pains. I was hospitalized for 2 nights and had every test imaginable for possible heart problem. They released me after erroneously diagnosing me with pneumonia. After 2 sedimentation rate tests it was determined I had valley fever. My fever went up and down and I couldn"t do anything without laying down. I had no energy. I also had large welts on my buttocks, knees, elbows, etc., sore to the touch, and feverish. I still have a spot on my lungs but no side effects. I had to take Diflucan for 3 or 4 months. Very painful and debilitating disease.

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Comment from: judishia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I had valley fever for about a year before I was diagnosed. I was exhausted and coughing. Finally, I had a lung biopsy and was prescribed an antifungal med. I was way sicker on the med than the disease. They took me off, and now I must have a CT scan every six months. Recently, I have developed a dry mouth. Whenever anything happens to me, I now think it has to do with VF. Does anyone know if dry mouth and VF are connected?

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