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Old 03-09-2017, 03:07 PM   #21
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Like some others who have posted I too was unfortunate enough to contract lyme from a tick. I was, however, "lucky" in that I developed a 'bulls-eye' rash (not all cases develop one) that was in an obvious to see spot and was also very easily distinguishable. As a result I was able to be diagnosed very early on and treated with a long cycle of doxycycline.

For those who may be unaware if you even notice a rash in the rough shape of a bulls-eye have it checked by a doctor immediately because it is a common indicator of the transmission of lyme by a tick. Although I did suffer some symptoms I am sure that being able to detect and treat the disease early on saved me from many of the more severe consequences common of Lyme disease.
No bullseye for me. I woke up one very hot summer morning with really sore knee joints. By the end of that day I was shivering cold. My wife got me some cold medicine and I felt better in a few days. Then, a few days after that, I noticed these red blotches on my legs that were also warm. It looked like Id gotten a sunburn through holes in my jeans. They started appearing on my back and arms and I knew then what was up and went to the Dr the next day. They put me on doxy-c and sent my blood to Boston which came back A-positive for lyme.

I later went to a specialist who said my symptoms (mostly a bad afternoon headache) would gradually become less frequent and less severe. He was 100% correct. That was in 2010 and ever since then I feel more vulnerable to hot weather and occasionally feel lame in the matter I did in the week or so after I was diagnosed. Permethrin is my best friend in the summer. I spray my hunting, gardening, wood-cutting and any other outdoor clothes throughout the year, other than winter.

Overall, I feel pretty lucky about it so far
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:17 PM   #22
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No bullseye for me. I woke up one very hot summer morning with really sore knee joints. By the end of that day I was shivering cold. My wife got me some cold medicine and I felt better in a few days. Then, a few days after that, I noticed these red blotches on my legs that were also warm. It looked like Id gotten a sunburn through holes in my jeans. They started appearing on my back and arms and I knew then what was up and went to the Dr the next day. They put me on doxy-c and sent my blood to Boston which came back A-positive for lyme.

I later went to a specialist who said my symptoms (mostly a bad afternoon headache) would gradually become less frequent and less severe. He was 100% correct. That was in 2010 and ever since then I feel more vulnerable to hot weather and occasionally feel lame in the matter I did in the week or so after I was diagnosed. Permethrin is my best friend in the summer. I spray my hunting, gardening, wood-cutting and any other outdoor clothes throughout the year, other than winter.

Overall, I feel pretty lucky about it so far
Who was the specialist you went to? My wife has all the classic symptoms, but her test came back negative for lyme.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:32 AM   #23
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I was sick four times in the first half of last year, which is very unusual for me, but I thought it was just a run of bad luck with colds or something. Someone mentioned to me that it might be Lyme but I wasn't at all sure because I didn't have really classic symptoms. Then in June I got a bulls-eye rash on my ankle that was pretty obvious, and the doctor at the urgent care place prescribed doxycycline when I told him what I thought it was. I was on it for 3 weeks as I recall. My sister had it two years before and had severe head and eye pain for several days but once she talked them into prescribing doxycycline it cleared up fast and has not come back yet, anyway. My understanding is that Lyme tests often give false negatives, and I would consider just buying some doxycycline yourself online and taking it if you can't get a prescription. It's pretty mild stuff and is often used as a preventive drug for overseas travel, so I don't think there's much risk and the longer it's left untreated if it is Lyme the worse the consequences will be, as I understand it. We have a friend who got a really bad case about 10-12 years ago before it was well known in this area and he has had a really hard time. He can't drive and feels sick and dizzy about half of the time, in 3-4 day chunks of time. He still works, but it has to be really hard to keep going.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:39 AM   #24
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My wife has all the classic symptoms, but her test came back negative for lyme.
Same happened with my girlfriend a couple years ago... She was finally diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis after several more tests. She now is being treated by Dr. Neal Greenstein (one of the top Rheumatologists in the Albany area) and she's feeling & doing much, much better... https://www.healthgrades.com/physici...eenstein-x92wn

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Same happened with my girlfriend a couple years ago... She was finally diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis after several more tests. She now is being treated by Dr. Neal Greenstein (one of the top Rheumatologists in the Albany area) and she's feeling & doing much, much better... https://www.healthgrades.com/physici...eenstein-x92wn
Interesting...the RA tests came back negative too, so we're still looking into it. thanks for the name though. It's tough to get in with anyone. She's been waiting a month already and doesn't have an appointment until April 24th.
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Interesting...the RA tests came back negative too, so we're still looking into it. thanks for the name though. It's tough to get in with anyone. She's been waiting a month already and doesn't have an appointment until April 24th.
Sorry for your troubles!
It took a few months for us to finally get some answers also.
Hang in there, and best of luck to you & your wife!
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Sorry for your troubles!
It took a few months for us to finally get some answers also.
Hang in there, and best of luck to you & your wife!
Thanks, man.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:05 AM   #28
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Towards the tail end of the summer of 2015 I spent a day at my in-laws outside of Glens Falls. When I got home I noticed a tick on me, removed it and saved it and went to my doctor the next day. They gave me a prescription for 2 doxy pills and sent the tick off for testing. The tick tested positive for Lyme, but I've had no problems or symptoms. I asked at my next doctor appt and he said if the tick is discovered and removed within 24 hours the likelihood of contracting Lyme is slim and the small dose of doxy taken immediately should be sufficient.
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We attended a wedding a few years ago in Maryland. Three weeks later my son started complaining of headaches. Two visits to the doctor offered no results. Before he got home from the third trip to the doctor he broke out in a bullseye rash. The rash covered his whole body.We immediately returned to the doctors. He ended up in the hospital with lyme meningitus(spinal tap) and and some heart issues from a tick bite that we never saw. He spent four days in the hospital and a month with a pic line for antibiotics. He is all well now, but I don't take tick bits lightly any more.
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Who was the specialist you went to? My wife has all the classic symptoms, but her test came back negative for lyme.
Johnny, I'm sorry but I don't remember his name. He was with Glens Falls Hospital through the Hudson Headwaters Network back in 2010.
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JohnnyVirgil-

I recommended being cautious about completely ruling lyme out based on the negative test. I did some fairly extensive research when I got lyme and from what I read the test is unreliable at best. There are apparently a good deal of false negatives depending on how far along the disease is and other factors.

It may be a good idea to retest or speak with the doctor about a cycle of doxycycline anyway just to be safe because, of course, the longer lyme remains undiagnosed or misdiagnosed the worse and more long term the symptoms can become. I'm not a doctor or anything, just a friendly bit of advice from someone who has been there.

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... and saved it and went to my doctor the next day.
My PA/NP says they don't do this anymore. Just a heads-up.
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I always thought that deer ticks and the ticks that were present on mice were two different critters.
The "deer ticks" that i've encountered were easy to see.
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We have two kinds of ticks here, Deer and Dog (wood ticks), with more possibly on the way and any tick can find a host on any warm-blooded creature. It may be that Deer Ticks prefer mice, but Dog Ticks will latch on, too.
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I always thought that deer ticks and the ticks that were present on mice were two different critters.
The "deer ticks" that i've encountered were easy to see.
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Black-legged ticks - Early spring nyphs are the size of a poppy seed. Later in the fall, they're like sesame seeds. Fat, blood-filled sesame seeds. So it varies as they grow. It's the early bastards that are so small you might not notice. And I think they fill up faster and drop off quicker because they're so small.
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Deer tick (aka black legged tick) stages from left: larva, nymph, adult male, adult female.
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Deer tick (aka black legged tick) stages from left: larva, nymph, adult male, adult female.
The larvae can bite too, apparently.
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We have two kinds of ticks here, Deer and Dog (wood ticks), with more possibly on the way and any tick can find a host on any warm-blooded creature. It may be that Deer Ticks prefer mice, but Dog Ticks will latch on, too.
Actually, I have seen the lone-star tick in Fulton County. I came home from a fishing trip at Peck's Lake about four years ago and had one crawling on me. They say they actually come looking for a host rather than waiting for a passer-by. I've also read where they are ranging further north.
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Actually, I have seen the lone-star tick in Fulton County. I came home from a fishing trip at Peck's Lake about four years ago and had one crawling on me. They say they actually come looking for a host rather than waiting for a passer-by. I've also read where they are ranging further north.
My PA/NP told me the same info about LS ticks; I didn't know they were this far north.

I also read a few years ago in the ADK Explorer that Deer Flies can transmit Lyme, although the article said more info was needed on this. Great! It's not just the army that's after us, it's the air force!
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I also read a few years ago in the ADK Explorer that Deer Flies can transmit Lyme, although the article said more info was needed on this. Great! It's not just the army that's after us, it's the air force!

That is one incredibly disheartening piece of news about which I was unaware. I sincerely hope the 'more info' they discover is that it is very hard and extremely rare for a deer fly to transmit lyme to people and/or animals if it is even truly possible at all. The thought of it being otherwise is not at all pleasant.

I will have to keep an eye out for any updated news on that front. Please post any you may happen to find. Worrisome indeed.





PS - Do you happen to have any more of a specific idea when the article was printed? I don't recall reading it, but plan to look through my back issues to see if I can find it.

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