tb

United States
May 22, 2007 3:23pm CST
Hi my dad was diagnosed with TB in his liver.... I live with him along with my children and a few other family members. Should any of us be worried. He has a doctor, but I don't. I had pneumonia that I just got over. I still have chest wall pain, coughing phlem, not blood. I got fatigue, bad muscle and joint and bone pain. Stomach pain, headaches, and neck pain...... I just need some input...... anything please.
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22 May 07
Wow! Yes you should be worried as TB can be passed through air. Did you not have an immunisation for it when you were young. You sould remember as you get it when you are teenager and they give you a skin test first and then the actual shot a few days later and it leaves a big circle scar on your upper arm. i would advice your whole family to get to a doctor and get tested for it and if not then get the shot. TB no wis not as dangerous as what it was years ago but I am sure you know how sick your father is. WHat you a re describing could well just be the flu but you should still be worried. You need to get yourself to a doctor as soon as even just to put your mind at rest.
• United States
22 May 07
My father is not that sick. He is fine and up and well. He just got diagnosed with it in the liver today. he catches the common cold like everyone else. But other than that he seems fine. I had a tb test done years ago, and i was negative, I also had a great grandmother pass from it years ago, but I never came in contact with her or anything. Ummm... I did call the local health department, and she said dont come in contact with my dad, unfortunatly we all live together. But she also said the test is only 19 dollars per person. So, that is a great plus on this for me. I may have had the shot for it, but I do not remember. Also, one odd thing is that my dad has came up positive for the tb bacteria for years now, but the doctor said that it was fine and nothing to worry about, until he got his new doctor about a month ago, the one that just diagnosed him with it today. Everyone in my house has a cough that has been going on for a while now, but we all thought it was a cold break off from my virul pneumonia that I had, so we were not too worried. But now we are. I want to thank everyone for posting on this subject. It eases me and scares me =). But i needed to know a little more on it. So really, thanx. Anything else you can tell me would be nice.
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23 May 07
They give you what they call a skin test first, this decides whether or not you can even catch TB in the first place. They know by the way it reacts. Then if you need the shot they give you the most big shot you have ever seens and it leaves a huge scar so you would know if you had it. I can spot it on people. Some people though already have the antibodies to fight the infection should they come into contact with it. It sounds as everything should be fine in the family but you just want to be careful.
@ashar123 (2359)
• India
22 Jul 07
Yes you and your family are at risk as TB (Tubercolosis) spreads to other from respiration, same towels, same plates. You be a little careful and let your father use seperate plates to eat, seperate towels and let him wear doctor's mask around in the home and be careful when he vomits. His vomit contains the TB germs which wants to spread to other humans but TB is cureable. Make him take his medicines on time.
• United States
22 Jul 07
He has recently moved a few states away so he is no longer with us. My mom and other brother and sister are with him and they have all been tested and they are all negative and doing well. I still have not gotten tested yet. I am having some health problems right now, nothing major just different things happening, so i am going to get tested here soon, thanks for the post
@funnysis (2619)
• United States
23 Dec 07
With all those symtoms you need to be checked to see what is going on there is something still wrong if you are still having that much pain i am unsure about you getting the tb you need to find out if you need to be re vaccinated I had to be,its rare but it happens,better to be safe then sorry.Good luck and have a great day.
@Mickie30 (2633)
22 May 07
Hi if you have not had the tb vaccination then yes you are at risk. Have a look at this website it is by Bupa and will give information on the symptoms to look out for and who gets tb, etc. http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/Tuberculosis.html