Cheluzal is a teacher. I had this notion that people who worked with kids, i.e, teachers and day care worker had to have periodic TB tests. They are a mandatory part of school physicals in IL, so I am skeptical that she ever had TB although exposure is always possible. I think her experience is a good example of a doctor being clueless as to the effect of his words. He apparently casually mentioned a possible cause for an innocuous finding and what the patient heard was TB.<quoted text>
What PE is describing sounds a lot like what is called "valley fever" in the southwest. I think it comes from the dust in the air. Most people never know they have it or don't experience symptoms for a long time. Dogs and humans can get this. It does involve the lungs and many times when someone gets a chest x-ray they will be told they had valley fever at one time because it will leave some sort of lesion or something like that.
Didn't know there was something similar in the Midwest.
Matilda- I heard that description fro some radiologists in the Ottawa/Streator area going back 30+ years. It was explained that it came from non-specific respiratory infections picked up by people living in the (damp) proximity to the river.