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koudo
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   Posted 6/25/2009 3:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys

I was bit by a tick about 1.5 weeks ago on my scalp almost at the neckline. It was a large tick but definitely had not been there that long (1-2 days max). My girlfriend had to take it out for me since I could not reach the spot. By the time I started researching about the tick she flushed it down the toilet. She swore it looked like a dog tick (having the white markings and much much bigger than a nymph deer tick) instead of a deer tick (the ones that carry lyme).

After this I got kind of paranoid about the whole lyme disease thing. Less than 24 hours since I removed the tick my hip started to have a little pain/ache. It seemed like joint pain not any muscle. The pain came in periods of 5 seconds and subsided for seconds to hours. Over the course of the week the pain came sometimes although it was a very small amount of pain, it did make me worry a bit. In the past couple of days i have been getting some pain/ache throughout my legs, hands, cheek/jaw, knees. Its all very very subtle though and only comes a few times for around 5 seconds at a time and then disappears for hours or sometime full days. Last night I did get a minor headache when watching Transformers 2 in the theater, but it only lasted for 20-30 minutes and went away as soon as I got home and had some water.

These "symptoms" could be from anything really and they seem so subtle but I'm still quite worried. For the vast majority of the day I feel none of these symptoms and it seems when I'm worrying about having lyme I pay attention to every little nerve/ache in my body. I have no other Lyme symptoms such as the bulls-eye rash, chills, feeling sick, etc. and live in a region which is not known for deer ticks (southern manitoba, canada).

What I'm asking is is this worth worrying about or is it all in my head? Should I go to a doc and tell them about this or will they just dismiss me and tell me its nothing?

Post Edited (koudo) : 6/25/2009 4:18:38 AM (GMT-6)


hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 6/25/2009 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem. It's a sort of hypochondria and the feelings are very real, the pain is real, but the cause of the pain may not very well be what you think. It's difficult but not impossible to treat -- the hypochondria. My problem is I have some indisputable Lyme symptoms and two CDC positive tests. (crap!) So, my fears weren't totally unfounded.

I can only suggest you get to the ER, tell them your story, ask for 30 days of doxy -- or whatever they in their mercy will give you -- and get on with your life. This is VERY early and doxy will kick it, if it is there, to the door forever.

Remember if you are prescribed doxy to never take it with milk. That's what I did, and I'm chronic now. Fighting crap everyday and doctors too.

Good luck. As long as your prescribed the doxy and comply with the prescription, you'll be 100% cured.

BTW, men fare so much better than women for some unknown reason.

And if your young you'll heal better too.

Try not to worry. It doesn't help.
Bit June 08.


koudo
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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it a bad idea to get antibiotics for a 'just in case' purpose? I heard antibiotics can be pretty bad for you, especially when there is nothing wrong with you. I doubt any testing at this stage would read positive even if I did somehow have lyme.

+Lyme
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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
koudo, from everything I have read, taking the abx 'just in case' is recommended for a problem tick bite, because the risk associated w/ the abx is less than the risk you will ultimately face if you do not take them.
Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.


veromia333
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   Posted 6/25/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
If your afraid of antibiotics which is blown out of proportion at times, All you have to do is take some probiotics anyway and support the immune system. It can come from any type of tick dont believe it cant . +Lyme is right if you do have it u can treat it now and be ok prob, if you let it disseminate or even lie dormant to come up one day as chronic, it may be very hard to kill later and you dont want to pass it to your kids either or your girlfriend sexually. You can have no symptoms and be infected. So if you get to ER or doc just tell them you feel sick and you were bit by a tick period. Dont say what kind, thats it. thats my advice.
And you must do this soon to get it in time.
The line is faded not showing where Lyme came in. I became a new Mommy n my Lyme decided to show itself. Swollen elephant like knee and finger and limiting back pain. Bell's palsey, weight loss as if I had no muscle on my bones anymore. And much more text book lyme symptoms. To a Lyme doc, after alot of there is nothing wrong with you and a recommend to counceling,he said V this is Lyme. What kept me pressing on I had Lyme while I was pregnant. I know I was not infected while pregnant. I am watching her with an eagle eye. God Bless everyone. Love Veronica. Were the ones who know about Lyme not the doctors. Isnt that just mad? Backwards. Alice in wonderland.


koudo
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   Posted 6/27/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Just an update for anybody who cares. Started getting mild headaches throughout the course of the day, legs feel really tired, wrists/forearms feel kind of weak, joints cracking/little pain, have had a slightly stiff neck for a good part of the last 24 hours (esp. on the right side where the bite is), getting tired at night earlier than normal, feeling hungry less, and a small rash has popped up by the bite which is not exactly a bullseye but its a small circle none the less. None of these symptoms are very agonizing or anything, but they are definitely there.

Going to go to the walk-in tomorrow if its open and/or try to get a doctors appointment on Monday. From previous posts it seems I should not leave the doctors unless with some doxycycline and thats what I plan to do. Is this the right course of action?

What should I expect from this disease if I do have it as I'm only 2 weeks in? Lots of horror stories on these boards and I really hope it is easily kicked this early. Keep in mind im a 19 year old male, and don't remember the last time I've been sick or the last time I went on antibiotics so it would seem my immune system has treated me very well. And should I be worried about coinfections or any other tick-borne diseases?

Thanks guys :)

Post Edited (koudo) : 6/27/2009 10:02:29 PM (GMT-6)


+Lyme
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   Posted 6/27/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Koudo, if you have come up w/ a rash, please get some photos of it, STAT. And get to the ER or your Dr asap. No one can analyze your rash w/o looking at it, but the fact that you came up w/ a circular rash is of significance. From what I have read, not all 'bull's eyes' have a clearing.

My understanding is that most Drs/ PCPs will prescribe abx for a person w/ a known and recent tick bite and any kind of rash. Of course that is up to your Dr (and you), but I believe you need to get in there asap. Lyme is not the only possible issue here -- Rocky Mt spotted fever is very dangerous also.


Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.


RottenDog
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   Posted 6/28/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
when taken the pic of it place a coin or ruler next to it for size.

i'm praying for you. you have the best chace to beat it if treated in the first few weeks
   RD
 
still looking for answers.
 
Remember that advice if free, its your choice what you do with it.  :)


Ronnygirl39
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   Posted 6/29/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Was just wondering how you are doing ? I have early lyme too . It can still be very scary..
Rhonda


koudo
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   Posted 6/29/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Got to the doctor and he seemed very unworried about it. He said where I got my tick from there has been no sign of lyme disease - but he said it wouldn't be long (1-3 years). He prescribed me 21 days of doxy and took a blood test.

Still not 100% sure its lyme. The circular (but not bulls-eye) rash around my tick bite has faded a bit but I've developed a small discontinuous rash on the left side of the back of my neck/scalp. Joints are still pretty sore, knees keep cracking, something is swollen in my right ear and hurts (lymph nodes?). No headaches today or feeling sick though like a lot of yesterday.

If my blood test comes back negative (which im sure it will) should I be looking to get more tests? Does this sound like anything other than lyme? Also, after the 21 days of doxy should I still be trying to treat what seems like lyme, symptomless or not?

Post Edited (koudo) : 6/29/2009 6:50:18 PM (GMT-6)


+Lyme
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   Posted 6/29/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Koudo, please make sure to request a copy of your labs. I don't think they will give it to you unless you ask. What the lab considers negative, could still possibly show something of significance that should be considered. Personally, I think the rashes sound concerning. Known tick bite + rashes = trouble. It's great you have started abx (like in case it could be Rocky Mt). Did you get photos of both rashes?

Why don't you wait and see what your lab tests show before worrying about more tests? (unless you weren't tested for other TBI) If you got a western blot, you should be able to look at it and tell if the lab read it within 24 hrs, which is important. You should also be able to tell what all the Dr tested you for and then make a plan to go from there.
 
In answer to your question about 'anything other than Lyme', I don't think we can know for sure.  But there are many more tick born infections and your bite seems obviously concerning.

As Razzle (or is it Ticker?) says, that's my 2 cents. I am no expert and this is my opinion based on my own (limited) experience, what I have learned here and other research.


Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.

Post Edited (+Lyme) : 6/29/2009 8:44:19 PM (GMT-6)


RottenDog
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   Posted 6/29/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i know there is nothing new to my horror story and dealing with Dr.s but dang it when are they going to wake up and treat us as humans and treat us the right way for lyme. each day i go online and there is someone else going thro the same BS.

it just makes my goal in life all the more inporant to wake up the Dr. to learn about lyme disease.

in my prayers
   RD
 
still looking for answers.
 
Remember that advice if free, its your choice what you do with it.  :)

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