Symptoms starting in the winter?

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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I tested positive on my lyme test however all my symptoms started in January..what are the chances of A) having NO symptoms at all if bit in the summer until January OR 2) being bit in the dead of winter in Ontario Canada?
Is this even possible?

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   Posted 9/8/2010 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Option A is certainly possible. Your immune system may have been able to keep the infection from causing symptoms until it ran out of steam (vitamin D status usually lowers as the winter goes on, if one is not taking supplements or eating certain kinds of fish regularly), or some other stressor occurred, such as an injury, another illness (cold/flu, food poisoning, etc.), stressful event at work, etc.

I don't know the timing of the tick life-cycle so cannot speak to the other option.
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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
From what I can gather, a person can be bitten and not have any symptoms for years, or minor symptoms which they do not relate to lyme or anything else at the time.

Do you actually recall being bitten, and have you ever noticed having the bulls eye rash, though not everyone gets the rash of course.

Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed or full stop, so most people infected are not even aware of ever being bitten.

Did you have any flu or cold symptoms prior to January?

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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
CDC says that ticks survive during mild winters. My symptoms started during Christmas eve and got worse from there... Never recall being bid or getting the rash

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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I was one of those that lived with milder symptoms for most of my life - then a really stressful event happened in my life & I suddenly had the same symptoms & more severe enough that I became concerned with trying to just survive.

The first time that my Mom & I figure I got tick-borne infection was when I was just 5 years old (RMSF). I'm thinking that it's possible that the RMSF (only it was the spotless kind) was only 1 of many tick-borne infections that I got that year. I do know though, that I can get re-infected pretty quickly as well.

So I believe that both are quite possible.
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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could be moving to Florida this winter and maybe symptoms will all go away!

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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I first got symptoms October 1, 2007 - if the bite was "recent," it likely would have been that summer, at least a couple of months prior (I had been camping, in the woods, practically every weekend).

However, the first doctor to diagnose me said I could've been bitten ten years ago... He took my entire travel history from childhood to present and had very specific questions about where I had traveled (e.g. Cape Cod, which I had). My history of migraines and a few other health issues led him to believe that could have been a likely I guess one never really knows.
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