Thanks for all of the info ticker! I have actually never had a tick on me prior to that one time. I am a stickler for wearing bug spray whenever I am in the woods. I have pulled several off of my dog in the past and I do that by dabbing the tick with alcohol and pulling it off with tweezers as close to the skin as possible. As for the one on me, I didn't even know it was a tick. I had just gotten out of the shower. I was running my fingers through my hair, while the dryer was pointing on it, and I felt a tiny bump. It didn't even feel like it was latched on to me, it pretty much fell into my fingers without much pull. That is why I didn't really think it would have transmitted anything. However, I couldn't figure out how it got there, since it had been several days since we went fishing. I guess it could have been there for a while un-noticed and let go from the heat of the hair dryer?
When I got sick, I was around someone who had the flu and someone else with a virus, so I assumed I had caught something. It was not until the fever had persisted that I realized something was not right and my symptoms did not match those of the people who were sick around me (considering I never even had cold symptoms or nausea). I also did not spread anything to my husband or son and at least one of them always end up sick if I do. My doctor was stumped and was not convinced it was Lyme, but had no clue what it could be. He thought maybe it was something to do with my heart because I think my heart was not beating quite right, but he ruled out whatever he was going on there. This has been so frustrating not having an answer.
I did not think the Doxy was working because I took it for 2 days and had no change in temperature. After the 2nd night, I went to sleep and my usual 101-102 temperature had spiked to 103. I got out of bed and could barely feel the floor beneath my feet, so it was pretty scary. Maybe it was herx, but I had never heard of that before today and my doctor did not mention it. I would prefer to stick with my doctor for now, since I have had bad luck finding doctors in the past and this one, although not very knowledgeable about
Lyme, seems to really care about
getting me back to normal. I'm sure if I told him the info that I found, he would work towards getting me the right treatment and testing done. If I do get a positive result back, I may go to a doctor that specializes in such a thing, but on the chance that it is not Lyme (or a related infection), I will need to get to the bottom of this, perhaps through some other kind of tests. I really can't see what else it could be though.
Btw - I don't know which test he ran. He said it would most likely come back negative and I should come back in 6 weeks to get tested again, so maybe it was ELISA?
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