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Hi everyone. I am an hgv driver. Thirteen years ago i started collecting raw milk from farms for a very well known Danish food and dairy company. I imagine most of you have some items in your fridge from this company. At one of the farms the farmer gave me a drink of tea every day, obviously with unpasteurized milk. I never thought anything of it. I'm 49 now but when i started i was 36. I was extremely fit and in great shape. I lived and breathed the gym. I have not drank alcohol since my teens and haven't smoked since i was 22. I was a picture of health but then i started to feel like i had the flu. The first thing that happened was i started with a pain in the back of my neck and whenever the pain came i seemed to have the flu. Doctors said it was coincidence. All of my joints started to hurt and i was tired all the time and the depression was awful. This went on for several months. I thought my days at work were done. The doctors were useless! I eventually went to see a different doctor who actually listened to me. The next day i was collecting milk near Leicester ( i remember it so clearly ) when the doctor actually rang my mobile! She rang my home and my wife gave her my number. She said i want you in hospital immediately. She had made some enquiries and she was told i had signs of Brucellosis. We did samples of milk to test for this disease so i was horrified! I went into hospital and had some tests done but they came back negative. None of us want anything positive but i knew i was ill. I hit a brick wall. GP's dont like anything out of the ordinary it seems. I don't remember why but i ended up on nights at work. No word of a lie within a week i was well!! I went back in the gym and put it behind me. It was like a lottery win. I was euphoric! To be so ill with no diagnosis and then it just goes is an amazing feeling. I put it down to not having the tea off the farmer......maybe! Then after a while it started again. The pain in the back of my neck and the flu. It would come and go. I would be ok for about two weeks and then it would come back again. The gap of having the symptoms and not having them got smaller and smaller until i had them all the time again. The doctors dismissed it was my job! My neck got loads worse. Five years ago i got out of bed and couldn't stand up because of dizziness. I couldlnt drive so couldnt work. Doctors said it was my ears so i had loads of tests which were negative. I knew it was my neck. It moved into my lungs approx the same time as my dizziness. I started spitting up loads of stuff off my chest. I had X-ray and was told i had pneumonia. They gave me a weeks course of doxycycline. I went for another X-ray only to be told it had cleared up. It hadnt cleared up because my lung pain was still there and i was still feeling ill and spitting up stuff off my chest! The company i worked for gave me medical termination but would not admit it was work related. They treated me terribly to be honest. Present day my symptoms are much worse. One doctor told me i had fibromyalgia but another doctor told me that fibromyalgia is an easy way out for an unknown illness. I still have the joint pains and flu and loads of sweating.I spit stuff off my lungs so many times per day every day. I have pain in my lungs my kidneys and there are lumps in my neck which hurt to touch them and make me feel sick. I have an allergy to shaving and cannot use shaving cream now and only use clear water. I have a buzzing sound in my right ear. The worst thing that's happening is i now have numbness in my hands and feet. Its my little toes and small fingers mostly. I am still hgv and now this is affecting my job. I have a great job but dread going to work now because this is making driving difficult. I'm putting up with all these things every day. I no longer go to the doctors because i feel there sick of me and i'm wasting there time because they obviously think i have fibromyalgia! I suspect that some people reading that will be agreeing with me. I don't act ill if you know what i mean so people i work with have no idea apart from some days sweat is dripping down my face so i just say i have the flu. I don't know if this is Lymes or Brucellosis but it is definitely a bacteria i just know it. Some of the farms were disgusting i got covered in milk many times and other stuff as well. Life is so difficult now and the gym is just a fond memory. I have had quite a few blood tests but they come back negative but everytime they tell me something about my liver which i dont understand. Its so frustrating. I want to go private. We are willing to even sell our home to make me better but we don't know who to trust private doctor wise. Also, has anyone out there had a blood culture test and if so who with? Sorry its so long and many thanks for reading, Steve.
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