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gigimac
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I have had chronic Bacterial vaginosis for a long time. I have treated it in the past and it just comes back.

This has been going on since my fiance and I got together. I think that something about our chemistry together or his chemistry causes this. I didn't have this problem years ago before we were together and I have had it almost non stop since I have been with him.

Anyway, this is a small clip from an online forum:

I frequently just feel sick like I am running a fever, though Im not. I feel like I have a cold/flu virus, but without the respiratory symptoms. No doctor has been able to find a cause using blood tests or throat swabs. I think its the BV.


I get these symptoms too, obviously these symptoms could come from tbi as well but I know I have chronic bv and I have not been able to treat it in a long time.

My question is has anyone experienced or heard anything like this? Could chronic bv make you not only have feminine issues but make you feel sick??

Just made me think that maybe this could be another piece of the puzzle....

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I don't know much about BV, but I can relate to you wondering if there's something about you and your fiance's chemistry that may cause this.

What are the symptoms of BV other than those mentioned above?

I became ill shortly after my 2nd marriage.

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Your fiance should be tested for Lyme. My LLMD firmly believes men can carry Lyme and pass it to their partners, yet be asymptomatic themselves.

Could also be "your chemistry" together. A good gyn should be able to help rule that in or out I would think.

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gigimac
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Other symptoms are: burning, itching, discharge, and sometimes a fishy odor.

I just wonder if an infection like this could eventually make you sick if you let it go untreated long enough.

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Those are symptoms of Trichomonas. It's not a bacterium. It's a protozoan.

Have you been treated with Flagyl (Metronidazole)?

And your fiance needs to be treated, too!! Trich lives in male and female genitourinary tracts. He could have it and be asymptomatic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichomoniasis

As for your question, I've known many women with chronic BV. None have had fever or flu-like symptoms.

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I have had testing in the past from the gyno and it has come back as bv or gardnerella. I have never tested positive for trich, but I know it is time to go back to the gyno.

The symptoms listed above are what I found on line, I don't have all the symptoms though.

I do have some flagyl, I could try that. I haven't used it in a long time because it causes a severe herx.

Metro gel has worked in the past but haven't had the money to see doc lately.

Just wondered if this could be a part of my feeling bad but maybe not.

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Has your fiance been tested? It sounds like he keeps reinfecting you.

As to the systemic symptoms, I can't say. It's more likely Lyme and co's. Viruses, maybe.

I guess the "good" news is that you'll need to treat everything. And there's lots of overlap with antibiotics. Flagyl is great for Trich, Lyme and Babs.

Eventually, you'll be rid of all of this. It just takes time, money and meds!

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Your story and the suspicions of others simply confirms that we are all carriers of one thing or another.

My wife was complaining about lower abdomen and womanly issues. A burning of sorts and some discharge.

I tried an experiment where I would wash up before and after the activity. She stopped having those issue when we both made this a habit.

I encountered a woman online who appeared odd and emotional. I though she might have Lyme based upon some of her descriptions. I tried to help her and she confided in me that she had over 200 sexual partners and now had to remove part of her womanhood. She had developed many symptoms and cancer as well in her mid 20's. She looks very well and athletic, but she is a mess.

Just goes to show that sexually transmitted disease is not only what the gov/CDC considers them as STD, but the transfer of any organisms that we may carry.

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Gigimac, you are right in suspecting a reinfection of BV. Watery discharge with a fishy odor is the primary symptom; the other symptoms may or may not be present.

Mode of transmission for BV is still unclear, but it is recommended that if you are diagnosed with it, that your partner be treated also. You should avoid intercourse for one week after you and your partner begin treatment to avoid passing this back and forth to each other.

It is also important that you avoid douching. This disrupts the normal protective mechanisms in the vagina and alters the pH, making you more susceptible to infection.

After one week of treatment with either Flagyl or clindamycin for BOTH of you, your problem with BV should be history.

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Enzara, tea tree oil, etc (below):

http://ezinearticles.com/?Fishy-Vaginal-Odor---Bacterial-Vaginosis&id=103679

http://www.ehow.com/how_4963051_rid-vaginal-odor-medication.html

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Catgirl,
I like the first link you posted above, lots of good, accurate info on BV. But when I clicked on the link to get further info on Enzara, that site is no longer active, and I received a message that stated the company that sells Enzara is now out of business, because the owner was arrested for fraudulent business practices, including making unsubstantiated claims about products.

I'd also like to make clear to all that although BV is a bacterial infection, it is NOT an STD. HOWEVER...there is a evidence that show strong correlation between either douching or having new and/or multiple sexual partners and developing BV. For this reason, new guidelines recommend treating sexual partners.

BV is caused by an imbalance of normal vaginal flora, so use of probiotics has been explored as an alternate cure, but studies so far have not shown this to be effective.

This is a very common infection, and once thought to be nothing more than a harmless nuisance. It is now known that BV can cause serious pregnancy complications, and can possibly put one at higher risk of developing HIV, so please, if you think you have BV, for your health's sake, get it diagnosed and treated promptly.

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I've never tried Enzara (just read it there).

I would up your probiotics.

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