How did everyone get Lyme ??

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jessMi
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   Posted 7/24/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious and was wondering how everyone on here thinks or knows they contracted Lyme or the coinfections that they have??? Did you get a rash? Pull a tick off you? Get bite but something else?
 
For me it was a Horse Fly bite on my chin!
 
Jess

Nicky D
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   Posted 7/24/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

It was definitely a tick for me. I never pulled one off, but I do -oops, did- a LOT of hiking, and I would find ticks on my dog/in my house/in my BED on a regular basis.

I got a bulls-eye rash, which I thought was from a spider bite (still not convinced it was a tick that time. I may not have got a rash when the tick bit me)

Really Lyme
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   Posted 7/24/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   

I am not sure but I think it was in Oregon in the Cascade Lakes area from a Deer Fly. I was bit by many that day. Noticed a perfect circular rash on my thight that week. Blew it off as nothing four months later I developed nuero symptoms presenting just like MS. I also tested CDC positive for Lyme at that time. They just kept retesting me 8 times all positive and telling me they were False Positives. I do not like that word.

I am off to Conneticut again to get a RX for antibiotics. I pray that the IDSA writes good guidelines this time around. I cannot afford to travel 3000 miles for Antibiotics for something I really have.

 


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FIRST POSITIVE LYME TEST IN NOVEMBER OF 2004
DX- WITH MS  APRIL OF 2005
DX- WITH LYME JULY OF 2006
FINALLY TREATED FOR LYME JANUARY 2007


RottenDog
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   Posted 7/24/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
i believe it was while living in NJ. as the place we stayed at have so many of them you had to remove your shoes and socks as they would be covered in ticks. then again it could of been anywhere really.

as i was always walking my dog in the woods and b4 that i was always riding my horses thro the woods. i have had more tick bites then i can count. just put rubbing alc on them and see what happens, and nothing did that i could see.
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gorbybelle
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   Posted 7/25/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I was taking a shower and felt what I thought was a 'painful spot' - buttock area - where I couldn't easily see - the next morning - in the shower - I thought ouch!- that spots getting bigger - I twisted around and managed to see it - it was a 'engorged tick' - so disgusting to see it - its head buried in my skin - and legs moving - aaaahhhh - it still makes me shiver!!

I basically ripped it out and threw it down the toilet - following this 'alien' in my skin - I started getting very stiff neck - etc; - I had never heard of lyme and so was completely un -aware of what was causing my symptoms for atleast 18 months - I am now on abx. I have only had 'ELISA' neg. test.

Deejavu
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   Posted 7/25/2009 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jess and everyone else,
 
I first became really sick after a spider bite (at least that's what the intensive skin biopsies showed).  I didn't think back then that spiders could transit lyme bacteria but after hearing stories about people getting infected from black flies, mosquitoes, etc. I did some research (yeah, I'm always doing research!) and found the real culprit most of the time is the White Footed Mouse.
 
This white-footed mouse is actually the "host" of most lyme strains and any blood sucking vector that feed on these mice then carry these strains and infect humans.  I found that very interesting.
 
Sometimes I think I was born with lyme (that my mother passed it down) and that my immune system just fought it off.   But I don't really know for sure.
 
Anyway, nice to meet you!
Denise


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Amy C
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   Posted 7/27/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am pretty sure that I was born with Lyme. So was my brother and so were my children. Of course I can't prove this. But the fact that my mom has it and we are pretty sure she has since she was a child makes me think this. Along with a lot of chronic health problems we have all had while growing up.
One BIG Lyme family!! Possibly congential...
~I tested CDC positive 10/08
~My mom Igenex positive 11/08
~My brother Igenex positive 4/09
~My 2 boys some positive & IND bands, clinical diagnosis 3/09
~My youngest has Aspergers too (a form of autism)


ttlittlestar
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   Posted 7/27/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Tick bite for me. Found the little sucker on my hip and wanted to just get the thing O-U-T! Had a bullseye rash later that day and went to the dr. They put me on antibiotics for 3 weeks. It was not enough and by the summer I could barely walk.

1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 7/27/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my kitties slept in our bed, and I remember one day when making the bed finding an engorged tick in the bed. YUCK

I can only assume that is how.....Needless to say Bella no longer gets on our bed. So much for flea treatment!
 
Never had a bullseye either.  But I do remember a very itchy bite on my leg that I thought was a bug bite, but it hung around a long time.


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Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 7/27/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
First time I was in my garden while pregnant and planting roses in the vineyard.
Started throwing up...and got very dizzy all the time and tired and then later lost the baby at about 3 mos...right before my darn wedding.
Then again when the baby was 11 mos old.Lilly got covered in them. They were so tiny I could not even see one that was on her hand.
After wards....well we found them all over.
In her diaper and hair line. We left our house...asap.
I laid down to take a picture and felt something on my back.
But thought I had got it off.
One day later...I went down, like someone had drugged me. And whammo.....found the stupid tick right where I had felt it the day before.
Never got bulls eye.
Just still have the tiny red dot. My Dr. gave me doxy the next day. I had to drive myself there..and was was so sick...that I started balling while waiting for him.
He knew. Of course they told me that my blood work came back negative..and so, then my hell started.
Life just keep getting worse and worse. And the rest of all of the Dr.s just gave me more names of more Dr.s or the argued with me about it not being lyme.
They are all lucky to still be alive...lol
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