From what I find, your results indicate "a current or recent" infection. When they say recent, the time period I see the most is the last 12 months. They also say that there is a fairly high probability that it can cross react with other Rickettsia infections.www.columbia-lyme.org/patients/tbd_spotted_fever.htmlwww.mayomedicallaboratories.com/interpretive-guide/?alpha=S&unit_code=83679
I don't usually use results from places like the Mayo Clinic, but there is so little information that all sources have to be considered and this time, Mayo is saying the same things as I can find in all other places and in many cases, Mayo gives more info.
I do know that if you had had any kind of shingles - you would have known it. Shingles is a virus that lives in the nerves. When a rash from this virus shows up, it's almost always incredibly painful. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/basics/definition/con-20019574
Doxy is the most common treatment for the RMSF, but for shingles you would need to use anti-virals in order to stop the spread of the condition.
I found a relatively new article on Rickettsia infections!! Well, new to me anyway!! It's a bit technical, but it has some good info and could explain a lot for quite a few people to be honest! cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/Supplement_1/S39.long
*It's a free article.
A few statements from the article- I added the parentheses with descript
"In general, the spotted fever rickettsiosis syndromes are similar. "
"Dermacentor ticks most frequently attach to the occipital scalp, where, 7–9 days later, an eschar( dead tissue that falls off) appears in association with painful cervical lymphadenopathy (enlargement of the glands in the neck). Fever and rash are seldom present. Alopecia ( round patches of hair loss) at the eschar site in 24% of cases and persistent asthenia (lack of bodily strength) may occur even after antirickettsial treatment.
African tick-bite fever...produces painful regional lymphadenopathy, multiple eschars, nuchal myalgia (pain in the back of the neck), and, on occasion, a sparse and sometimes vesicular rash (a rash with accompanying blisters). "
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