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Tuberculosis of hip bone, knee joint, coughing. Taking medication, no relief. Cure for condition?

Hi, I have a friend of mine she is 26 years old, she is suffering from Tuberculosis of Hip bone and knee joint , recently she has started coughing continuously. She is being taking her medication since last 4 months, but I could not see any change in her health state. I am worried about her, could you please provide any help in this regard.
Asked On : Wed, 3 Oct 2012
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Tuberculosis of bone is a very chronic condition and requires continous treatment for long time.
It is important that the confirm diagnosis of tuberculosis of bone is first done with the help of investigation and than starting the treatment, as the treatment is very long and have to be taken continously.
As far as the cough is concern this should not be because of tuberculosis as she already taking antitubecular medications and there is chance that may be suffering from some other problem which can be causing cough like common cold or some other repiratory infection.
What is more problematic is the no improvement in the condition after taking medication for 4 months. Normally tuberculosis patient starts improving within a month after treatment, so I suggest you to consult your doctor again why she is not improving after 4 months of treatment.
Thanks and take care.
Answered: Wed, 3 Oct 2012
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