Posted 11/20/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -6)
Hi, I am from the UK and about 4 months ago I was bitten by quite a few mosquitoes on a night out. Now I have been bitten many times in my life - one time visiting my family in Australia I counted over 50 bites on my body (yeah they really liked me) - and have never felt any symptoms after such frenzies until my visit to Oxford, shortly after the flooding (we had a very wet summer, which sucked).
I had gone to a party, enjoyed a drink or two and went to bed fairly late. When I awoke, I remember feeling VERY ill, I could barely move, all of my muscles were aching, I had a severe headache, I felt like I had just sailed the Seven Seas - blindfolded. My head was all over the place and trying to form a sentance was like putting circle shapes into square holes with a toffee hammer. My first thought was; was I drugged? I've never done drugs in my life - save for alcohol - so i would have no idea. I also suffered the digestion and sickness for only that week which can be followed by a typical viral infection.
Now normally after being bitten the small lumps on my skin would heal after an average of 3 days, except 4 out of the 10+ bites I had taken did not look the same... They looked like huge scratch marks - slashes - along my lats. They were never itchy, just slightly sore, and as I could not see them directly they went unnoticed for a week until that one day i decided to pose in the mirror
. Before this point I just figured I had a bad case of the flu. I proceeded to make the doctors appoinment. These marks took about
3 weeks to heal. Has anyone else ever have something similar?
The first doctor I saw was instantly concerned with what he had seen and asked if I had a payment plan or insurence to cover my time off of work - "WHOA wait a minute! How long do you think I'll be off of work for?!". His initial response was that I may suffer from Post Viral Fatigue and would feel 'down' for some time and that should rest and complete a course of antibiotics. He would not speculate or even humour me with an idea how long my - what was a mild fatigue and severe flu like - symptoms would last. I was booked in for a blood test which came back negative. This cleared me for Lyme disease, diabetes, AIDs and showed that all my internal organs where working as normal.
I've now seen a total of 5 doctors, and have had 2 blood tests only 1 doctor of which had good knowledge on CFS. If I had not seen him at this early stage, I could have been passed around like a dirty nappy by each doctor like my aunty had been for the last 2 years with no diagosis. My aunt believes she was bitten around the time her CFS started when she was working around in a garden which had a stagnant pond. My good friends father, he has been diagnosed - early luckily - 6 months ago, he was away travelling and he had taken some nasty looking mosquito bites too. What I am trying to determine is; are these coincidence or a likely cause.
I would be pleased to hear you accounts on what you believe caused/triggered your CFS.