JUST BITTEN BY A TICK

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by 2YUNG, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. 2YUNG

    2YUNG New Member

    I JUST PULLED OUT A TICK FROM MY LEFT ARM, INSIDE AREA OF MY ELBOW. ANYOEN HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET BIT AND YOU ALREADY HAVE LYME DISEASE? I KNOW I GOT IT ALL OUT, WHAT DO I LOOK FOR? ANYTHING TO PREVENT ME FEELING THAT BAD AGAIN. ANY HELP WILL HELP.
    DEB
  2. msmac

    msmac New Member

    Is your doctor available who knows you have Lyme? I would think that you need to call him and get started, next week or so on antibiotics again. BUT check with him or his nurse for advice!!
  3. gamecockfan04

    gamecockfan04 New Member

    Just re-read the question and see you already have Lyme Disease. I would at least call the nurse at my Dr's office to see what they suggest I do.[This Message was Edited on 06/09/2006]
  4. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Says that ticks have to be on you for more than four to six hours to spread disease(if they have it). I don't know if that is true or not, but it is government site.

    I would have thought that if you already have Lyme then you would have some immunity to it now. Just a guess.

    Sorry about it. Love Anne Cromwell
  5. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Medically I'm not sure how to proceed, BUT,,,you CAN get the tick tested by your local County Health Dept. They will do it for free and send you results in a few weeks. We had this done with a tick we got off my sons' shoulder.
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    are you saying you have had Lyme disease and are no longer being treated for it?

    Or you are currently being treated for chronic Lyme?

    If you've had it but not on treatment now, I would definnitely check with your doctor - you may be able to get the tick tested by the state - I'd probably want to do abx as well. Hope you have a good LLMD. If not at least do the 'alternative' herbal protocols, such as samento. Many doctors are now thinking one never really gets rid of it anyway, possibly even if treated immediately.

    If you're currently being treated, I'd probably still ask about getting the tick tested and checking with your treating doctor... but if you're currently on abx for Lyme, I'd think it would knock any spirochete that hits your bloodstream...

    good luck,
    Victoria
  7. matthewson

    matthewson New Member

    There are a lot of different ticks around. The deer tick for lyme disease has black legs I think. I looked it up once. Do a search and see if you can find a picture. Dog ticks are more common and are all brown.

    Also even if it is a deer tick, it has to be infected (not all are) AND it has to be on you for some length of time. I think Ann said how long, but it is like almost a day or something.

    I wouldn't worry about it if it was only on you for a few minutes.

    Take care, Sally
  8. 2YUNG

    2YUNG New Member

    HI VICTORIA, I WAS BITTEN BY A TICK 7 YRS AGO THIS MONTH. I GOT THE BULLSEYE, WENT TO DRS. GOT ANTIBIOTICS, STILL TESTED POSITIVE, ANOTHER ROUND OF A/B STILL POSITIVE, WENT TO A IMMUNE DISEASE SPECIALIST AND GOT ANOTHER TYPE OF A/B FINALLY WENT TO NEGATIVE. FELT LOTS BETTER, NO MORE PAIN, PASSING OUT, TIREDNESS ETC. THIS TICK WAS THE LITTLE NIMPH. I HAVE PICS ON MY DOOR OF ALL THE TYPES. I NOW HAVE A LITLE PINK DOT WHERE IT WAS. I WIL WATCH IT AND IF NEED WILL CALL DR. TOMORROW.
    THANKS FOR ALL THE REPLYS.
    DEBBIE
  9. Line

    Line New Member

    I was bitten by a tick 10 days ago, it was embedded above my knee. My neighbor got it out wih a tick remover they bought at the vet. I was tested for lymes so often, 7 years ago my test came back positive for having the dd at one time but neg. for having it when the test was done. My Dr. put me on ab's for 30 days to to be safe. With fm the symtons are very similar, but there are lymes symtons that do not occur with fm.

    I called my Dr. and she said just to watch the area for a rash also headache and fever, she said you chances of getting lymes 1.2-1.4%.

    When I was told about my test I had asked her if I would be immune to another bite and she said they do not know enough about lymes nor do they have a positive test, but she did say you carry the anti-bodies all you life from the dd. . My anti-body was very high which showed my body fought the dd.

    I saw pictures of deer ticks and they are black with a red spot and are as small as a seasme seed. Mine was not a deer tick and I have no idea how long it was on. But the long they are on you the bigger they become due to sucking your blood the one on me was more flat than rounded from the feeding, so I feel it was not on long. I am in Pa. and that is what a deer tick looks like here, may ook different in other states.

    Good luck, Linda
  10. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    I heard from a news team in SD a few years ago that you should save the tick itself so they can test the tick if it carries any disease. This seem like a quick and efficient way to do things.
  11. victoria

    victoria New Member

    for years... I personally know someone who had lyme, was treated 'successfully' some years ago... since has had CF/FM symptoms and finally got re-tested. Yep, is positive.

    Of course there is the possibility she was re-infected, but since Lyme is pleomorphic (can lose its cell wall and go inside cells or form cysts to protect itself for years) there is also the possibility it just stayed asymptomatic...

    My son's LLMD says from what he sees, those who have been chronic, will probably have to do preventive rounds of abx to keep it under control for the rest of their lives... there is no way to know it is totally gone from the body since it is so good at hiding.

    I don't want that to be true, but, that is what I'm reading other LLMDS are thinking as well...

    best,
    Victoria

    PS there is also a good possibility that lyme can also be transmitted by other ticks and mosquitoes...




    [This Message was Edited on 06/10/2006]
  12. 2YUNG

    2YUNG New Member

    HI LINDA,
    YEAH I KEEP ON THE LOOKS AND ALL ABOUT THE TICKS SINCE I GOT BIT BACK ABOUT 7 YRS AGO. I'M IN NJ AND WE HAVE A WOODED BACKYARD WITH PLENTY OF DEER RUNNING AROUND. I PULLED IT OUT WHILE IT WAS SMALLER THAN A SESAME, AND DON'T THINK IT WAS ON LONG. MY CAT MUST HAVE BROUGHT IT IN AND IT WALKED ON ME. I CHECK HIM AND MY DOG CONSTANTLY. I HAVEN'T HAD GOOD RESULTS FROM USING TICK AND FLEA PRODUCTS, THEY GOT MORE LAST YEARAFTER USING THE DROPS ON THEIR NECKS. MY HUSBAND PUTS CHEMICALS DOWN ALL AROUND, BUT HASN'T GETTIN TO DO IT YET.
    I AM ALSO FAMILIAR WITH THE FM SIGNS, MY 15 YEAR OLD HAS THAT. I HAD HER TESTED WITH THE LYME TESTS, WESTERN BLOT, AND STILL CAME BACK NEGATIVE, I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO ACCEPT THAT SHE HAS FM. I RECENTLY FOUND OUT MY GRANDMA HAD RM BY 30 SO THE GENE DOES RUN IN OUR FAMILY.
    WELL THANKS FOR INFO. I APPRECIATED IT.
    DEBBIE