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Sat Mar 11, 2017, 01:29 PM

A little Lyme goes a long way!



Y'all may remember the bug bite I was complaining about last October. Well anyway by the time I went to see my doctor the bite site was still obvious but the bulls eye was gone. So, all winter long I've complained about feeling like I'm aging quickly this year.

Well ... yesterday I had blood work done. Looks like I may have had Lyme Disease for around 5 months.

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Reply A little Lyme goes a long way! (Original post)
In_The_Wind Mar 2017 OP
Wellstone ruled Mar 2017 #1
In_The_Wind Mar 2017 #3
Wellstone ruled Mar 2017 #4
In_The_Wind Mar 2017 #6
tosh Mar 2017 #2
In_The_Wind Mar 2017 #5
panader0 Mar 2017 #7
In_The_Wind Mar 2017 #10
Aristus Mar 2017 #8
In_The_Wind Mar 2017 #9
Aristus Mar 2017 #11
RobinA Mar 2017 #12
malthaussen Mar 2017 #13
In_The_Wind Mar 2017 #15
Fla Dem Mar 2017 #14
Demsrule86 Mar 2017 #16

Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 01:56 PM

1. Sorry to here that.

This is some nasty crap,Family friend went to the Doc after his shoulder pain just got to be to much to handle,thinking he had wrecked his shoulder from doing roofing jobs,he was amazed to find out there was a Tick stinger still buried under his skin. Long story short,he ended up wheel chair bound two months later. Lyme Disease is not to be ignored.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 02:58 PM

3. Did he eventually recover?

If the test come back positive sometime around mid-week I'll be taking Doxycycline for about 3 weeks.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 03:03 PM

4. Sorry to say,

no he did not. Still wheel chair bound,the disease attacked his whole muscle system. I believe he is now in a Nursing Facility from what I last heard.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 03:08 PM

6. I'm very sorry to hear that.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 02:23 PM

2. Take your doxycycline.

They should prescribe you a double round (2 weeks is - or WAS - normal, so 4 weeks) since it's been in your system so long.

I went through this - 2012 or 13. Didn't have the bulls-eye rash and so ignored it until the "roving body pains" got so bad that I knew SOMETHING was really wrong

The doxy cleared everything up for me and now I keep a prescription on file for a prophylactic dose if I get a tick bite, no testing necessary anymore.

Sending vibes your way for a full recovery!

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Response to tosh (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 03:07 PM

5. Thanks for a scary story with a happy ending.

I thought it was a spider bite because the bite location was so darned painful.

When I noticed a progressive bright pink skin discoloration moving around my torso I really started worrying. Then suddenly on Thursday March 2nd every muscle in my leg cramped up like a massive Charlie Horse.


Thanks so much for the vibes.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 03:08 PM

7. Yikes! Get well soon.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 09:24 PM

10. Thanks, panader0.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 04:08 PM

8. Ah, the perils of trying to make a diagnosis remotely.

You told me you thought it was a spider bite. Rather than considering the likelihood that it was a tick bite instead, I went in the direction of something other than a bite at all.

Whenever I have patients presenting with what they call a spider bite, it's almost always something else; an ingrown hair, an abscess, etc.

My instructor for Adult Medicine was right: when all else fails, look at the patient.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 09:23 PM

9. Aristus, my dear friend ...

Even my doctor did not know what the problem was when he was looking at it in real life.

Part of the problem is that I waited until my normally scheduled appointment, a full 2 weeks after the bite happened.

There was no bulls eye when I looked at the bite. Nor was there a bulls eye when my doctor examined the bite area, only an odd shaped dark reddish area.

However, it was as I said ... a bite not something else.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 10:13 PM

11. A bulls-eye lesion isn't necessarily pathognomonic for Lyme Disease.

The first thing on your doctor's differential could have been erythema multiforme or something.

There are fewer slam-dunk diagnoses in clinical medicine than one might expect.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 11:50 PM

12. Luckily,

my Dr. didn't need a bullseye to get me tested. I felt like a bad flu with an insane headache and had red blotches all over me that moved around. Doxycycline for three weeks fixed me right up. I never did know where the original bite was. Do believe them when they tell you the antibiotic makes your skin more sensitive to sun.

My father, on the other hand, had a classic bullseye for a month and never even felt under the weather.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 09:29 AM

13. Ouch!

Sending vibes your way:



-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 03:36 PM

15. Thanks Mal

I'll be starting Amoxicillin this evening.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 10:22 AM

14. Hope the doxycycline does the trick and you're feeling better real soon.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 06:10 PM

16. Take antibiotics...strong strong...this is a political disease.

They will tell you there is no such thing as long term lyme...don't believe it. You need serious antibiotics...IV ones. My niece has been battling this disease for over ten years...my sister has fought to keep her alive. She has arthritis, diabetes, liver issues and can barely see. You have caught it fairly early. With good treatment, you may be able to head it off. Good luck.

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