I am sorry, Alone
. I thought I had posted here, but now see that I didn't. It is possible that I did, but my post could have been so bad it got deleted -- I was passing out (sleep drugs) at my keyboard!
Scarlet Fever is a strep infection. It is possible you had this. If so, a strep test would have diagnosed this. Did the Dr not do a strep test?
Once, when my son was about
12, he came down w/ a severe sore throat. I was waiting a couple of days to see if it was viral and would go away. Meantime, he got the classic Scarlet Fever rash. We rushed him to the Dr who tested for strep. This was back when it took 24 hrs to get the result.
I asked the Dr to put him on abx immediately, as he had classic SF. The Dr wouldn't do it until he got the test results back! As my son got sicker and could not even suck on a popsicle, I called the Dr back and DEMANDED abx, because I KNEW HE HAD SF, which they finally called in. He experienced improvement within the next day.
But I was thinking the exact same thing as Traveler -- that this could have been Rocky Mt Spotted Fever, and you very well may have almost died! You probably should have been hospitalized! It is an extremely serious infection in the acute phase!
Anyway, I believe Erlichea (sp?) also causes the high fevers and sore throat. My dog's foster mother and her husband were both infected w/ this and had to be hospitalized during the acute phase.
At any rate, if you were infected w/ anything from a tick bite, it is very possible that you were infected w/ more than one disease.
As you see in my signature, I suffered repeated severe acute and chronic throat infections after my bite in 72. Had my tonsils taken out in 73 or 74, so then I guess it attacked other parts of me. It is also possible that whatever I had was held at bay by repeated abx for the tonsillitis.
I'm sorry, but too many of these mysteries will never be solved. I think that because you suffered and are still suffering from symptoms following this illness possibly point to Lyme. Lyme can prevent other TBIs from being fought and they (like RM) can then become chronic.
But SF is also a whopper -- I don't know about
continuing symptoms following that infection. There are too many unknowns, but I have belief that many of your questions can and will be answered. Keep us posted.
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia, chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause?
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.