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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am 16 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and I am terrified of catching toxoplasmosis to the point where I think it's turned to OCD as I am constantly washing utensils and cleaning with bleach when my hubby has cooked with raw meat.I am always asking about whether meat is cooked, if it's pink, is it cooked etc... I am a big meat eater anyway and have had cats in the past when I lived at home, my midwife says I am probably immune but I was tested in my first pregnancy as I had been cleaning up cat poo and the test was negative. I don't knoe if am am and my doctor or midwife wont do a blood test. I have begun to develop the symptoms of it since Christmas as I had reheated turkey in a curry and although it was steaming was still pink but my hubby says it was cooked.The symptoms have been a stiff neck and flu symptoms and I can only think it's because I am worrying so much. I am pretty sure I have eaten meat that has been cooked thoroughly and don't clean up after my dog anymore but I am absolutely terrified. Please help!!
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hello
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
User :   ok
Doctor :   May i know how you suspect yourself for Toxo ?
Doctor :   I mean have you got any tests done for the same ?
User :   I had a test done in my 1st pregnancy and it came back negative which was fine but i was told by a midwife that it means im not immune and also i have symptoms but i think i have brought them on myself
Doctor :   you are being really anxious
Doctor :   Toxo is a very fatal infection ,
Doctor :   it will show the symptoms very soon but very severe
Doctor :   its not just the headache and stiff neck
Doctor :   the patient will have altered sensorium
Doctor :   Seziures , severe vomiting ,the neck will be so stiff that you cant even have any other position than lying down
User :   I know, this is why i think i have brought the symptoms on myself, as i said i think i have ocd with it now bevause i am so worried i will get it but i think i have brought the symptoms on myself because i am worrying so much
Doctor :   Only when the symptoms are this severe we ( Doctors ) suspect of any infection in the brain
User :   i have read and been told that most people dont get symptoms
Doctor :   yes, you are right , may not be OCD but you are in the obscession
Doctor :   just consider the facts what i have told you
Doctor :   if the test is negative does not always say you are not immune
User :   ok but if most people dont get symptoms, are the symptoms you have said when people do have it?
Doctor :   My i know what tests actually you had been through ?
User :   why is that? my doctor wont do a blood test and neither will my midwife even though i have said i am so worried
User :   Just a blood test
Doctor :   The asymptomatic toxoplasmosis is very rare
User :   i didnt know there are different types?
Doctor :   And the people will not stay for long in the asymptomatic stage
User :   i have read that in the uk about 2000 women a year get it while pregnant
Doctor :   do not worry , the test what you have got done is a antibody test as i doubt
User :   do you think i a, just being paranoid considering all i have told you?
Doctor :   and the test negative doesnt men the chances of infection are more
Doctor :   yes, you are being paranoid on it
Doctor :   is suggest you not to read the internet knowledge as they are misleading
User :   so you do think that i have developed symptoms like the stiff neck and flu symptoms because i am worrying so much?
Doctor :   The figures about the no of people in UK are not by a certified researches
Doctor :   yes, it is the fact
User :   that i have developed symptoms because i am thinking about it and worrying so much?
Doctor :   you have brought the symptoms you by thinking over it more and reading about it more
Doctor :   Yes,
User :   I thought so because i am pretty sure i have always cooked meat thoroughly.
Doctor :   just forget it , an consider the facts that the asymptomatic type is very rare and the symptomatic type is very serious
Doctor :   And yes, taking precautions is not bad
Doctor :   you can proceed with the safety
User :   whats the symptomatic type?
Doctor :   The patient will have the seizures as the first symptom in symptomatic type
Doctor :   And as i have told before the symptoms are very serious
User :   oh ok so i prob would nt have it
Doctor :   yes, you do not have it
Doctor :   based on yur history
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