Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: Live in rural area accessible to garden dirt and rotten wood. Also a chance I contacted it helping in the flood cleanup in relative's home in the TN flood of May, 2010.
Symptoms: Started with fever, chills, short of breath, nausea, night sweats, fatigue.
Treatment: Now taking itraconazole 200 MG solution twice a day.
Cost of Treatment:
Additional Comments: My case is complicated by the fact I have had Wegener's Granulomatosis since the mid 80's. This is an immune system disorder and rare so people don't know about it. I have to take immune suppressants daily to fight it. I came down with the blasto in June of 2010. Was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Through all kinds of tests and finally the CT scan, they did the lung biopsy to diagnose it. I came home after one week in hospital with the oral itraconazole and progressively worsened with the high fevers, nausea and dehydration. Back to hospital for 22 days, they tried the amphotericin b and I couldn't tolerate it. I only got 8 days of that. Previous kidney involvement with the wegeners disease wouldn't allow it. They started the itraconazole solution and gave me zofrin before each dose to keep the nausea down. Still doing that. While in the hospital I became septic with Ecoli blood infection, stayed in ICU for 17 days. Also through all testing, the CT scan showed mass on my spleen and I was diagnosed with a type of leukemia, "hairy cell". Sounds strange, I had never heard of it. Won't do chemo now during this blasto treatment, so I wait. After 10 months of itraconazole the CT scan done in March on my lungs still show no improvement. The infectious disease dr. has stated a protocol of 18 months on this med. and see what happens. I was back in the hospital in Oct. with another Ecoli infection. I deal with it one day at a time and stay positive that it will turn around.