To make a long story shorter, I am very freaked out by my current symptoms. I just came back from a trip overseas visiting my husband (India). Having HA, going to India always makes me anxious, but this trip was very important and had to be made.
While in India, I visited 2 hospitals after feeling very ill. They ran all the standard tests (CBC, blood glucose, EKG) as well as some additional tests for tropical diseases. Everything came back normal except for white cell count which the doctor determined to be food borne illness. This is very common for me and happens on almost every trip I take to India. I try to be careful and prefer to eat my husband's and in law's cooking but this trip, staying in a hotel and eating out was necessary.
The hospital visit freaked me out because Indian hospitals don't have the same standards as US hospitals such as wearing gloves when drawing blood. Even though I watched them open new equipment and syringes I still felt unsure if they were "clean".
Now I'm back home and I am experiencing strange symptoms such as a persistent cold and burning sensation in my extremities. I don't have a fever or chills and my skin is not cold to the touch. I've developed a head cold as well and I'm wondering if the cold extremities are correlated. I also woke up and had a strange blotchy rash on both ankles. Naturally, I convinced myself I am dying and thought either bacterial meningitis or sepsis. I worried myself so sick that I went to the ER where another CBC was done which came back normal. The doctor also ordered a thyroid test and blood culture test and I won't get the results of those for several days. I am still thoroughly freaked out, sure I have sepsis, meningitis or some other fatal disease. I'm so sick and panicked now I don't know what to do!