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Glad that you didn't have any long-term medical issues in relation to lyme's disease, Smoky…

A good friend of mine in high school had it - it went undiagnosed, and she ended up with meningitis, lupus, and the side effects of the meds taken to counteract the effects of the diseases…

Just wanted to mention after reading your post that you can't always trust your doctor and his/her 'capable hands':

My brother was on an extended backpacking trip - living/camping in the woods for six months. A few months in and he started getting migraines, had severe lethargy. He went to the ER, and explained his situation. He told them he suspected lyme's disease, as he'd been spending so much time in the forest. He spent a full day there, and they did an array of tests - finally sending him away with some tylenol and a bill for over $10,000 (they had tried to convince him to spend the night there as well)..

He left , went to a drug store and bought a little mirror. Got a motel room for the night and systematically checked his skin for any signs of trouble - and found the tell-tale bullseye left by the tick bite by himself.

He got treatment, no recurrence, etc. So all was well. But the hospital bill for nothing… And what if he had just trusted the doctors and it went undiagnosed?…

You can't always trust the doctors
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I`m very much aware of that fact (much to my own doctor`s frustration).


One is inclined to be treated as a "herd" member, and not an individual.


In the case of the tick bite, I did inform him that I was aware of the dangers of Lyme`s disease and wanted treatment against it (thanks to Google info I at least had some idea of the dangers - so internet info is valuable in being informed and aware, as opposed to being totally ignorant.


I do a lot of talking too - and ask questions - which is something I find the Swiss don`t do, they`re inclined to silently accept doctor`s verdict/treatment, and then either change their doctor, or complain to all and sundry if not happy afterwards.
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Be very careful after a tick bite especially if it DOESN'T develop a ring. At least if a ring develops it's a warning signal to get treatment in time.
This is the advice my doctor gave me as well. Apparently the absence of the ring does not mean that it was not a tick. So I have had to wait two weeks since whatever bit me to have blood tests to check if I need treatment.
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Re: Tick bite!

How do you say Lyme disease in French?
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How do you say Lyme disease in French?
Maladie de Lyme or borréliose de Lyme.
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Re: Tick bite!

Smoky, do you recall your symptoms?

I have a lot of stiff and painful joints and I was bitten by a tick 1 month ago (in France), but a lot of doctors seem to insist it must be something else. They say the chances of contracting Lyme's disease are very slim and they suspect it might be a rheumatic disease, since I'm suffering from an auto-immune disease at the moment, making it more likely I developed yet another auto-immune disease.

I finally got a rheumatologist to test for Borreliose, but he basically dismissed the idea as soon as I mentioned it

Every day another joint hurts and it becomes so bad that I can hardly move. According to him, the pain skipping from one joint to the other (ankle, middle finger, elbow, shoulders), is atypical for Lyme's disease and that it usually manifests itself in the knee and stays there. But I don't think this is necessarily true?
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Re: Tick bite!

This is what the rash looks like:



I went to my doctor with one of those and was immediately prescribed doxycycline - plus a blood test at the time and after a few weeks to make sure the lyme disease was gone.

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Smoky, do you recall your symptoms?

I have a lot of stiff and painful joints and I was bitten by a tick 1 month ago (in France), but a lot of doctors seem to insist it must be something else. They say the chances of contracting Lyme's disease are very slim and they suspect it might be a rheumatic disease, since I'm suffering from an auto-immune disease at the moment, making it more likely I developed yet another auto-immune disease.

I finally got a rheumatologist to test for Borreliose, but he basically dismissed the idea as soon as I mentioned it

Every day another joint hurts and it becomes so bad that I can hardly move. According to him, the pain skipping from one joint to the other (ankle, middle finger, elbow, shoulders), is atypical for Lyme's disease and that it usually manifests itself in the knee and stays there. But I don't think this is necessarily true?
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Smoky, do you recall your symptoms?

I have a lot of stiff and painful joints and I was bitten by a tick 1 month ago (in France), but a lot of doctors seem to insist it must be something else. They say the chances of contracting Lyme's disease are very slim and they suspect it might be a rheumatic disease, since I'm suffering from an auto-immune disease at the moment, making it more likely I developed yet another auto-immune disease.

I finally got a rheumatologist to test for Borreliose, but he basically dismissed the idea as soon as I mentioned it

Every day another joint hurts and it becomes so bad that I can hardly move. According to him, the pain skipping from one joint to the other (ankle, middle finger, elbow, shoulders), is atypical for Lyme's disease and that it usually manifests itself in the knee and stays there. But I don't think this is necessarily true?

My son DID have Lymes disease. This manifested itself by bleeding in the brain after which he was paralysed on the right side for 2-3 weeks.


Blood tests showed nothing and he was only diagnosed after a lumbar puncture (spinal tap).


I remember removing a tick from his armpit 4-5 months previously after which we observed the site and no ring or obvious infection appeared.


He didn't have any symptoms of rheumatism although this is maybe due to the fact that he was only 12 at the time.
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Old 29.07.2015, 09:23
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Re: Tick bite!

There is a Swiss app called "Zecke"(yes there is an app for that) which shows tick bite propability areas based on area and also shows places where tick bites have been reported. You can report yours as well. It is updated live based on temps, winds, humidity and takes stuff like bushes, high grass and forests into consideration
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My son DID have Lymes disease. This manifested itself by bleeding in the brain after which he was paralysed on the right side for 2-3 weeks.


Blood tests showed nothing and he was only diagnosed after a lumbar puncture (spinal tap).


I remember removing a tick from his armpit 4-5 months previously after which we observed the site and no ring or obvious infection appeared.


He didn't have any symptoms of rheumatism although this is maybe due to the fact that he was only 12 at the time.
Pff, that must have been scary as hell. It's such a nasty disease.

From what I understand, in 50% of all infections, the typical rash (erythema migrans) never develops. And the current blood tests are not too reliable either.

But I have a lot of other stuff going on, that might explain my symptoms too. (See other thread.)

Still, one of the first things I did when I discovered the tick on myself was to check my son, in every little nook and cranny. Ticks love warm and moist places, so they're not always visible.
And it surprised me how small it was too! At first I thought I just had a black speck on my skin, I tried to flick it off and even scratch it (!!!) before I realized it had tiny little legs and was really stuck. I had to google how big ticks are, because I simply couldn't believe it. When you check someone for ticks, you'd better have a magnifying glass, because most of my moles are bigger. (Although of course ticks grow larger the longer they feed, ewwww.)

First thing I'm going to buy is a proper tick removal gadget (especially since my son is bound to bring home a tick or two as soon as he's older). The reason why my tick wasn't properly removed is because I forgot to bring my tick pen and we had to do it with tweezers. But when I came home, I realized it probably wouldn't have worked with the tick pen I have at home either. It was just too damn small.
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Re: Tick bite!

An interesting approach to removing ticks that only uses a Q-tip.

http://theshrug.com/tb-01-the-tick/
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An interesting approach to removing ticks that only uses a Q-tip.

http://theshrug.com/tb-01-the-tick/
I'll stick with the traditional tweezers. This technique looks like it would stress the tick and risk causing it to vomit up its meal, complete with Lyme disease, into your bloodstream.
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I'll stick with the traditional tweezers. This technique looks like it would stress the tick and risk causing it to vomit up its meal, complete with Lyme disease, into your bloodstream.
I find these really easy to use, better than tweezers. Luckily only had to use them on the dog and husband so far
You can find them in vets and pet shops.
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I'll stick with the traditional tweezers. This technique looks like it would stress the tick and risk causing it to vomit up its meal, complete with Lyme disease, into your bloodstream.
Yeah, especially that often the ticks are much smaller than the one on the video, at first!
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