tick bite and arthritis

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   Posted 6/10/2005 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
has anyone ever had arthritis  develop due to a tick bite?if you have had it how long did it take to manifest itself thanks gingerann

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   Posted 6/11/2005 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
It's not the tick bite that gives you problems, it is Lyme Disease  - which if you were bit by a tick, you need to be tested for asap. I think Lyme Disease has other names like Rocky Mountain Fever and one other.
The sooner you are treated, the less likely the prolonged problems (or at the very least the lesser the intensity of them.) Not all ticks carry the disease.
I was never diagnosed with Lymes, though I was tested numerous times because I lived in the woods and was inflicted with arthritis as a child.
Good luck

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   Posted 6/11/2005 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
gingerann - you need to get in touch with erin kachmar... she is a regular on this site and she suffers from Lyme disease as well as RA and other auto-immune disorders.  She is also a nursetongue She would be able to help you... Being that it is the weekend, she may not post too much, but she'll be back next week... I hope you two get together and she can help you out.  Try and have a good weekend.. Happy Weather, Warm Hugs and as always - Best Wishes - Ducky
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Dactylitis/Spondylitis 
   -Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
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   Posted 6/15/2005 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Ginger, welcome to the forum. If you are feeling RA symptoms after a tick bite you really need to be tested for lymes. I say it as well as everyone else because that is what causes the problems. Erin is the expert here on that and the effects of not getting treatment right away. Hopefully she comes along to answer your questions.
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