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Old 10-07-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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I freaked out recently when I found a tick on me and went to the doctor. I've had them on me before, but this was the first time I've noticed it being red and bothering me.
To paraphrase the wise Doc... "In any given year I will pull 20-30 ticks off me from doing yardwork, there is no bulls-eye and you're not feeling lethargic."

I paid 20 bucks for someone to tell me to grow a pair, more or less.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:35 AM
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Location: Colorado
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My best friend almost died from Lyme Disease. The truth is, most doctors don't know how to treat it and/or even diagnose it. She didn't get proper treatment for several months even though she went to a doctor immediately after she got bitten and had developed the bull's eye rash. The doctor said it was nothing. She saw several doctors over the next several months and none treated it correctly. Finally she found the right doctor and started proper treatment but by that point the Lyme Disease was so advanced it almost killed her. On top of that, the meds they put her on gave her seizures. She had one while driving and blacked out and crashed her car and woke up with the jaws of life prying her out of the car. She was very sick for several years and is only now getting better.

If you suspect you may have Lyme Disease find a doctor who specializes in it and get the proper tests for diagnosis. Only a Lyme Disease specialist knows what to test for as Lyme Disease is often hard to diagnose with "regular" tests. The sooner you catch it and start treatment the easier it is to cure.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:42 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Go to the dr get a simple blood test you will know within 24 hr.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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My best friend almost died from Lyme Disease. The truth is, most doctors don't know how to treat it and/or even diagnose it. She didn't get proper treatment for several months even though she went to a doctor immediately after she got bitten and had developed the bull's eye rash. The doctor said it was nothing. She saw several doctors over the next several months and none treated it correctly. Finally she found the right doctor and started proper treatment but by that point the Lyme Disease was so advanced it almost killed her. On top of that, the meds they put her on gave her seizures. She had one while driving and blacked out and crashed her car and woke up with the jaws of life prying her out of the car. She was very sick for several years and is only now getting better.

If you suspect you may have Lyme Disease find a doctor who specializes in it and get the proper tests for diagnosis. Only a Lyme Disease specialist knows what to test for as Lyme Disease is often hard to diagnose with "regular" tests. The sooner you catch it and start treatment the easier it is to cure.
I live on the east coast. No bullseye, so no need to go to the doc. thanks.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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I was just browsing around and actually looking up heart defects, when I came across this Lyme disease, I think that the symptoms described relate very strongly to me, I was bitten by something on my back whilst on holiday in Dorset, it was very itchy and sore, a few days later I came out in a bullseye rash all over my body, some where quite small blisters with a outer red ring then a larger bruise ring, some where extremely large that spread out my hand span, I went to hospital where numerous doctors, couldn't give a diagnosis, but said it was spectacular! they wanted to admit me for tests, but as I was going home the next day advised me to go to my own hospital in Manchester, I did do that , but they couldn't find a reason and put it down to some kind of allergy, the bullseye type rings followed in a straight line down my arms down my legs up my back, my face was not affected, I was given allergy tablets, cream, and something to help me sleep, after a few weeks the rash started to fade, and I thought I was fine, but since then I have not felt well, I have really bad joint pain s in my arms my legs and my back, my kneck, and headaches, I have had phisiotherapy, and xrays, and take strong pain relief, I am still attending my g.p. with worrying symtoms, and she dosent realy know why im like this? I have only just discoverd your site.. and some symtoms that are discribed are a lot like mine.. wondering if i could possibly have lyme disese???
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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If you see a tick but no bulls-eye rash, I would get tested. You can get Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses without getting a bulls-eye rash.

I've had Lyme, Babesia and other tick borne illnesses for over a decade and I was misdiagnosed in the early stages. I was thought to have lupus or the beginning stages of MS. After several months of symptoms, I went to a local infectious disease specialist who has since treated me with large, heavy-duty rounds of antibotics and antivirals. You name it and I've most likely been on it. Unfortunately, these illnesses have nearly cost my family everything. Medical problems shouldn't bankrupt people but they do!

I had to undergo a couple years of IV antibotics via PICC line. After a decade of treatments, I'm still not better and unable to work. I'm starting to notice cognitive problems as well but that could also be the result of years of prescription medications. I'm living proof that Stage 3 Chronic Lyme does exist, despite what others think. If Lyme is caught right away, you have a good chance of knocking it in remission.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Count yourself lucky that your sensitivities alerted you. Most people develop illnesses after the tick has been attached for some time...in fact it takes 36-48 hours for Lyme disease transmission I'm told. I have had lots of tick bites, deer ticks, and I get an irritation at the bite within minutes. I have never gotten the bull's eye rash and have tested negative at the doctor's. Physicians generally will not even test you unless you have "secondary" symptoms, rash, joint pain or swelling, or flu-like symptoms.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Always good to get checked. A simple blood test will tell. I was diagnosed with Lymes Disease a couple of years ago, went undiagnosed for two years, finally on a whim my doctor checked it - neither she nor I suspected because I never found a tick on me nor did I get any type of rash.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:36 AM
 
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i was bitten by a tick, i have about 5-6 places on my leg and they are very painful, got a bubble on the top of them, and a rash has started, what do i do?
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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i was bitten by a tick, i have about 5-6 places on my leg and they are very painful, got a bubble on the top of them, and a rash has started, what do i do?
If I were bitten by a tick and then developed a rash, I think I would go to the doctor.
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