Wind-borne valley fever underreported...

Wind-borne valley fever underreported in New Mexico

There are 22 comments on the Carlsbad Current-Argus story from May 10, 2010, titled Wind-borne valley fever underreported in New Mexico. In it, Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that:

A disease known as valley fever is prevalent in neighboring states, but believed to be underreported in New Mexico, so state health officials are launching a new initiative aimed at finding more cases of the illness.

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Mayor clinic

Hobbs, NM

#1 May 11, 2010
Really?
around

Carlsbad, NM

#2 May 11, 2010
Does this mean that those sinus infections that just won't go away might be something else?
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#3 May 11, 2010
around wrote:
Does this mean that those sinus infections that just won't go away might be something else?
Who knows? But once sufficient medical personnel are educated as to what it is and how to properly screen for it we will see. My brother-in-law almost died from histoplasmosis. He is in roads construction and probably inhaled the spores on the job and in the dirt. It took my sister insisting on taking him from Las Cruces to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale for them to get a diagnosis. That was 2 months after he became ill and nobody in Cruces was able to give the diagnosis.
From AZ

Carlsbad, NM

#4 May 11, 2010
If I recall correctly when a family member in Tucson had Valley Fever, the symptoms are closer to those of Pneumonia in serious cases. Histoplasmosis although similar, is a different infection altogether. Valley fever is from spores in desert dust, while Histo is from bat or bird droppings and not usually found this far west.
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#5 May 11, 2010
From AZ wrote:
If I recall correctly when a family member in Tucson had Valley Fever, the symptoms are closer to those of Pneumonia in serious cases. Histoplasmosis although similar, is a different infection altogether. Valley fever is from spores in desert dust, while Histo is from bat or bird droppings and not usually found this far west.
Welllll - after my sis' insurance started balking at paying for the Mayo she took him to Thomason Hospital in El Paso (now University Medical Center) where the first physicians they saw said the nodule/sore on Maverick's tongue was a diagnostic sign on its own for histoplasmosis. Until then I thought Histo was suffered the way you say. But Woodie Guthrie wrote "Histoplasmosis Blues" and I am wondering how he got it?

As a RN I was very surprised to hear the diagnosis. I just wish they had gone over to El Paso in the first place instead of screwing around with the doctors in Las Cruces. Would have saved him a lot of pain and misery.
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#6 May 11, 2010
My point being the education of regional medical personnel as to rarer pulmonary diseases and disorders is called for.

Since: Oct 09

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#7 May 11, 2010
Old Gringo wrote:
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Welllll - after my sis' insurance started balking at paying for the Mayo she took him to Thomason Hospital in El Paso (now University Medical Center) where the first physicians they saw said the nodule/sore on Maverick's tongue was a diagnostic sign on its own for histoplasmosis. Until then I thought Histo was suffered the way you say. But Woodie Guthrie wrote "Histoplasmosis Blues" and I am wondering how he got it?
As a RN I was very surprised to hear the diagnosis. I just wish they had gone over to El Paso in the first place instead of screwing around with the doctors in Las Cruces. Would have saved him a lot of pain and misery.
I hope he is doing better.

Since: Oct 09

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#8 May 11, 2010
Old Gringo wrote:
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Welllll - after my sis' insurance started balking at paying for the Mayo she took him to Thomason Hospital in El Paso (now University Medical Center) where the first physicians they saw said the nodule/sore on Maverick's tongue was a diagnostic sign on its own for histoplasmosis. Until then I thought Histo was suffered the way you say. But Woodie Guthrie wrote "Histoplasmosis Blues" and I am wondering how he got it?
As a RN I was very surprised to hear the diagnosis. I just wish they had gone over to El Paso in the first place instead of screwing around with the doctors in Las Cruces. Would have saved him a lot of pain and misery.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...

Refers to Texas

I wonder how many people have died from this from being misdiagnosed. Do you know if the tumors that are caused by Valley fever can be misdiagnosed as cancer and the chemo ends up killing them instead due to all of the side effects?
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#9 May 11, 2010
Michelewith1l wrote:
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...
Refers to Texas
I wonder how many people have died from this from being misdiagnosed. Do you know if the tumors that are caused by Valley fever can be misdiagnosed as cancer and the chemo ends up killing them instead due to all of the side effects?
I have no idea. I was in the middle of transferring to Washington state when I looked at a "sore" on his tongue. That was in September 2001. I was thinking cancer as it had not gone down and he had it for 4 weeks before he told me about it. It was almost 2003 before Sis loaded him up and took him over to Mayo. He had dropped from 190 down to 135 pounds, and thought he was literally dying.

Hopefully any tumors are biopsied and checked for cancer before any chemo is initiated. Usually we do a differential diagnosis to see if the cancer originated in the organ where the tumor is located or if it has metastasized from another site. This is used to determine the right drugs or radiation treatments. And to determine how far it may have spread.
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#10 May 11, 2010
Hey Michelle. Thanks for the link to the article. Very interesting.

Since: Oct 09

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#11 May 11, 2010
Old Gringo wrote:
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I have no idea. I was in the middle of transferring to Washington state when I looked at a "sore" on his tongue. That was in September 2001. I was thinking cancer as it had not gone down and he had it for 4 weeks before he told me about it. It was almost 2003 before Sis loaded him up and took him over to Mayo. He had dropped from 190 down to 135 pounds, and thought he was literally dying.
Hopefully any tumors are biopsied and checked for cancer before any chemo is initiated. Usually we do a differential diagnosis to see if the cancer originated in the organ where the tumor is located or if it has metastasized from another site. This is used to determine the right drugs or radiation treatments. And to determine how far it may have spread.
I just asked a Dr, and that person said it is not far fetched at all. Just as they do the blood cancer test and false positives come up,so, I would hope so, but who knows. I am just referring to one spot on the lung. You are welcome for the article.
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#12 May 11, 2010
Michelewith1l wrote:
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I just asked a Dr, and that person said it is not far fetched at all. Just as they do the blood cancer test and false positives come up,so, I would hope so, but who knows. I am just referring to one spot on the lung. You are welcome for the article.
On the lung. Depending on the part of the lung it could be nigh on to impossible to biopsy. Many times radiological studies can determine by the characteristics of a spot whether it is indeed a tumor. A good radiology department can narrow down a lot of questions. CT and MRI scans to show the density and structure. Good radiologists to read the results. And maybe even a PET scan if indicated. Whoever you are concerned about I wish them luck. Don't forget to pray.

Since: Oct 09

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#13 May 11, 2010
Old Gringo wrote:
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On the lung. Depending on the part of the lung it could be nigh on to impossible to biopsy. Many times radiological studies can determine by the characteristics of a spot whether it is indeed a tumor. A good radiology department can narrow down a lot of questions. CT and MRI scans to show the density and structure. Good radiologists to read the results. And maybe even a PET scan if indicated. Whoever you are concerned about I wish them luck. Don't forget to pray.
Well, considering the facilities we have....no need to say more.
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#14 May 11, 2010
Michelewith1l wrote:
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Well, considering the facilities we have....no need to say more.
I would suggest a trip to UNM Hospital in ABQ. Or to University Medical Center in El Paso or UMC in Lubbock. Just to be sure and on the safe side. All are teaching hospitals with a lot of attention. Yes you will see residents but you will also be assigned to an attending physician who is usually a medical school faculty member.
Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#15 May 11, 2010
I suggested those 3 because you can be cared for on a sliding scale fee.

Since: Oct 09

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#16 May 11, 2010
Old Gringo wrote:
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I would suggest a trip to UNM Hospital in ABQ. Or to University Medical Center in El Paso or UMC in Lubbock. Just to be sure and on the safe side. All are teaching hospitals with a lot of attention. Yes you will see residents but you will also be assigned to an attending physician who is usually a medical school faculty member.
Oh no, it is not for me or anyone that I know. I was just saying. Thanks for the information, I appreciate it. When we need to go out of town, we go to Lubbock.
Frank Perea

Las Vegas, NV

#17 Jul 15, 2010
In November of 2006 while living in Tucson my primary care physician insisted I had a cold, then bronchitis or perhaps pneumonia. After several X-rays and CAT scans I was referred to a pulmonary specialist since I kept insisting something was wrong with my breathing. The specialist requested a PET scan and the results were devestating. I had Valley Fever. In May of 2007 I had a lower left lobectomy. My medication for the Cocci has been increased and the leisions on both lungs have decreased. I was born in Corrales, NM and urge Valley Fever awareness, get the word out one person at a time. Many medical professional have never heard of Valley Fever.
rockandroll

Carlsbad, NM

#18 Jul 15, 2010
if ya have sores on your privates is this caused by valleyt fever /?
ted bundy

Carlsbad, NM

#19 Jul 16, 2010
rockandroll wrote:
if ya have sores on your privates is this caused by valleyt fever /?
no, that would be caused by dating a member of the chingass family!!
MLE1

Lovington, NM

#20 Jul 16, 2010
Frank Perea wrote:
In November of 2006 while living in Tucson my primary care physician insisted I had a cold, then bronchitis or perhaps pneumonia. After several X-rays and CAT scans I was referred to a pulmonary specialist since I kept insisting something was wrong with my breathing. The specialist requested a PET scan and the results were devestating. I had Valley Fever. In May of 2007 I had a lower left lobectomy. My medication for the Cocci has been increased and the leisions on both lungs have decreased. I was born in Corrales, NM and urge Valley Fever awareness, get the word out one person at a time. Many medical professional have never heard of Valley Fever.
I am sorry to hear about your medical condition. I feel for you and know that Valley Fever is more common than what people think. It is sad that you had to go through hell to finally get diagnosed and lost a lobe. Thank you for getting the info out, for there are many people who do not realize the disease, or let's say infection induced and fungi. The medication alone costs 300 a month after insurance for some. The Cocci is like a bunch of grapes. A fungus is a spore, which has a heavy duty outer coat that is hard to have medication penetrate.

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