[SCA-AE] Lyme disease at Pennsic
jamale at zoominternet.net
Thu Aug 14 11:59:10 EDT 2008
My mom has Lyme Disease and has been battling it for 11 years now. He
doctors didn't pay heed to the positive Lyme titer that she had and they put
her on steroids and now she is having a difficult time getting rid of the
Lyme. Her symptoms are all neurological, like head tremors, inability to
walk at times. So my word of warning is don't let your doctor put you on
steroids if you think you could have Lyme. My mom never saw a tick and
never had a rash. According to her Lyme Doctor (she changed doctors after
the steroid episode) only 10% of people affected by Lyme will actually have
the rash/bullseye mark associated with Lyme.
From: Carnaby Collectibles
Date: 8/12/2008 5:27:18 PM
To: discussion at aethelmearc.org
Subject: Re: [SCA-AE] Lyme disease at Pennsic
Well, yes and no - although it's generally true that the tick needs to be
attached for at least a day or more, improper removal, or a systematically
infected tick can cause the transmission of Lyme much faster.
I'll give everyone my story from last year (and BTW, I'm near Scranton). I
had this funny little round spot on my arm (never saw a tick, but keep in
mind that the deer ticks that spread LD in our area are about the size of a
sesame seed - not like the bigger dog ticks - plus, the rash does not always
happen at the site of the bite, unfortunately). Friends said, "gee, maybe
you should get checked for Lyme disease" and of course I ignored them. Had a
light case of what I thought was the flu. Then last November, six months
later, I had fevers of 104 for three days, sweating chills (could wring out
my hair), knees swollen to the size of canteloupes, incredible joint pain.
Blood tests came back positive for Lyme - but the scary part was that the
first one did not, and they had to do a more expensive test to do the final
determination. Two weeks of Doxycycline and more or less back to normal,
although the joint pain lasted a lot longer. I was pretty much
Crippled for a couple of weeks and was literally having to crawl up the
stairs. BUT...had I had a less responsive doctor, I could have been in real
trouble - I was the first cse he had even seen in our area, but luckily he
knew what he was doing. The later stage effects from Lyme are no joke.
Anyhow - a great resources is www.lyme.org, and there's a lot of other good
info out on the web as well. A lot of great photos there of the different
ways the rash can look.
But bottom line, if you see a suspicious rash (which will not always be the
classic "bulls eye"), get yourself in. Don't go through what I did because I
Cheers - Tiercelin
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