Chikungunya virus infection: Chikungunya virus infection
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I left the Dominican Republic in August 2014. There was an outbreak of chikungunya in the country and over 150,000 were effected by the mosquito borne disease. Prior to leaving the country, I experienced symptoms to include terrible rash on all my upper torso and sharp pain in my wrists. My feet, ankles and legs also became swollen. The rash lasted for 3 weeks and suddenly disappeared. The joint pain and swelling of feet and legs still persist. My first day after arriving back in the United States, I fell sick for 3 days with fever and vomiting. After a few months, I developed severe pain in my hips and muscle pain in legs and arms. That is still getting worse and now I also have severe pain in my shoulders and occasionally in my knees. I finally went to see a doctor. He asked if I drink alchohol and how often. I told him yes and 2 or 3 times a week. He didn't even order chikungunya blood test but he did order full battery of more typical and standard lab work. After I complained, I had a followup test for Chikungunya. His initial statement of my problem was that I am suffering from alchoholic polyneuropathy. If the CHIKV test comes back positive, then issue is resolved. But in the mean time can you advise me if the alcholholic polyneuropathy can be misdiagnosed for chikungunya ?
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