REPLY FROM KATEMAC ABOUT BITE

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by KateMac329, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    Hello everyone.

    Okay. I just want to say that you guys have helped me with MY gut instinct.

    I HATE going to the doctor but I have been THREE times this week for this stupid thing on my leg. You can ask my husband. He literally has to take off work to make me go to the doctor but I took myself this week.

    And to clarify which I myself have mislead, I never once saw an actual doctor. I thought I did but they were actually nurse practitioners.

    I am leaving for the Urgent Care in about fifteen minutes.

    I knew in my gut that something was just NOT right about this and I just want to say thanks for saying that "No, this doesn't look right."

    I have printed out a picture of what the "bite" looked like originally and am taking it with me.

    My skin is burning so badly I feel like I am on fire. The itching is outrageous and I just don't feel right.

    For over a week now I have been having chills and flushed cheeks but no fever.

    I am on an antibiotic and a steriod cream and they gave me a steriod shot on my second visit because they thought that it might be poison oak along with a tick bite.

    My Lyme test came back negative but I am going to look into that further.

    I just don't feel well.

    Thanks for your support and I will let you know what is going on as soon as I can.

    I just knew in my gut something wasn't right and I should have listened to that voice. Only I thought I was because I went to the doctor THREE times this week. I just should have taken myself to the ER sooner.

    ((HUGS))

    kate

    Thanks again everyone. I really need it and appreciate it. You guys are always here for me. LOL You can tell I don't feel good because I am getting emotional!

    ((HUGS))
  2. tlayne

    tlayne Member

    Thank God we heard from you! Please touch in with us when you return! Hugs, Tam
  3. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    post back as soon as you can. so glad you are finally being treated seriously. love anne cromwell
  4. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    I'm so glad you are going to get this checked out ASAP. Please let us know what the outcome is. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Gentle hugs,
    Kim
  5. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    ....good luck & please keep us posted on what you find out!

    (((Hugs)))
    Pam
  6. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    but it doesn't look like poison oak to me...but what do i know....my son used to get that anytime the wind blew the oils in there air...

    good luck

    jodie
  7. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    Okay I am back!

    It is called Cellulitis. Which is basically an infection. He gave me a very strong antibiotic shot and another prescription for one and to continue taking the one that I am on.

    The doc said that if it does get any worse to come back immediately but that it should start to clear up within 24 hours.

    He also recommended I see a dermotologist just to be on the safe side.

    I am in a lot of pain and the heat is making the burning so unbearable but I am so relieved that I know what is going on now.

    The doctor told me that it was good that I came in because things like this can get really bad and that I was good to trust my instincts.

    ((((HUGS))))

    kate
  8. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    For letting us know....I hope it gets better soon so you are more comfortable. I'm glad you went to the ER, aren't you?

    Feel better fast,
    Pam
  9. MamaR

    MamaR New Member

    so glad to hear that you are alright. Do keep a check on your body temperature too.

    Love....Mari
  10. findmind

    findmind New Member

    OMG, I thought cellulitis was those fat bumps everyone complains about on their thighs!!!

    What in the world causes this? Or starts it up? Did anyone have any information about this? Do you have to have a bite or injury first?

    If I were you, I'd still watch it and have the name of some kind of specialist on hand, just in case, ok? Certainly a dermatologist, and maybe a second opinion is in order here, too.

    I pray that the treatment you are getting will clear it up really soon, kate, and all will be back to just "nutty-normal", not insanely abnormal, LOL :))

    findmind
  11. blessedmom2four

    blessedmom2four New Member

    findmind; that just cracked me up

    kate, so glad you went, i didnt see the picture last night but when i looked at it today it confirmed the hospital is where you needed to be. hope it goes away fast
  12. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    Cellulitis (sel-u-LI-tis) is a potentially serious bacterial infection of your skin. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may spread rapidly.

    Skin on the face or lower legs is most commonly affected by this infection, though cellulitis can occur on any part of your body. Cellulitis may be superficial — affecting only the surface of your skin — but cellulitis may also affect the tissues underlying your skin and can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream.

    Left untreated, the spreading bacterial infection may rapidly turn into a life-threatening condition. That's why it's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of cellulitis and to seek immediate medical attention if they occur.

    ----------WOW.....glad you went back Kate. Love and Hugs to you and also your son and theat great hubby you have.........Susan
  13. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    That soun ds pretty serious. The infection does anyway. the name of it sounds harmless though. Boy, it reminds me of CFS.

    Its a good thing you were persistant, because it seems as if its hard to get a dx. Skin things sure can. I had ringworm and had a bear of a time finding someone who knew what it was.

    Make sure to let us know tommorrow how you are feeling. They did say you should feel better in a day, or check in again, right?


    Jeanne
  14. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    Thanks for letting us know what the doc said. I'm sorry you wasted your time with the other PA's.

    Feel better and at least you know what you are dealing with.

    Hugs,
    Faye
  15. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I'm glad you went back yet again...

    I googled the image and found this at missinglink.ucsf.edu/.../cellulitis.html with the www at the beginning.

    It said it's from an infection of either staph or strep...

    That looked so painful, I hope this helps you feel better soon.

    Hugs,

    Nancy B.
  16. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    It's definitely a good thing that you listened to your instinct and decided to go to the ER. I'm glad you finally found a doctor who knew what the heck to do.

    Cellulitis is definitely a serious thing. I've seen people have to get a leg amputated from it, or worse. So, it's a good thing you went for help when you did. Stick with the antibiotic and if your symptoms get any worse, go back to the ER.

    Gentle hugs,
    Kim
  17. hopeful4

    hopeful4 New Member

    Hi Kate,
    Sorry to hear about your bite and misery with it. I don't really know much about cellulitis, but I do know that lyme can have some of the same symptoms, and that one can be misdiagnosed for the other. So please keep that in mind.

    Also, if it should be lyme, steroids are not recommended at all, they must be avoided.

    About the testing:

    "Blood tests, also known as Lyme titers, cannot diagnose Lyme disease alone, but they are used to confirm a diagnosis. The most common blood test ordered for Lyme disease is the ELISA, with the western blot used as a follow-up test. The ELISA tests for antibodies, the body's defense system against infections; it does not test for the bacteria itself.

    These anti-Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies may take up to 2 to 6 weeks after infection to appear in the blood. Therefore, a blood test immediately following a tick bite will not be able to determine whether or not a person has been infected since not enough time has passed for antibodies to develop."
    http://www.acponline.org/lyme/patient/diagnosis.htm

    Also, the ELISA test is notoriously unreliable. The most reliable of the tests is the Igenex Western Blot.

    In addition, lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis, which can best be made by a lyme literate doctor, and most doctors are not lyme literate.

    Wishing you the best, feel better soon,
    Hopeful4