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Old 24.06.2012, 17:44
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Re: So I finally got bit! By a tick!

I actually know, pretty much all you want to know about this subject. So feel free to PM me.

There are different stats, but only 30% -50% ever get a bulls eye rash. And some people get a rash (me) that did NOT look like a bulls eye. Also a rash can develope a month or so [I]after[I] being bitten.

This is what you want to do:

Send the tick off to your local lab and have it tested for borrelia species (this is what causes Lyme). Please tell them to rush the test, because f it has it, you will need to get on antibiotics quickly. Once it's in your brain, it is very hard to get rid of.

I have Chronic Lyme Disease, albeit a very light strain or a very good immune system. I only get fatigue and "brain fog" and some other random symptoms. There are many different strains. Some not so kind.

I do volunteer work with Lyme a lot.

The kind in Europe is responsible for a lot of cases of multiple sclerosis.

Lyme is prevalent in France I know, Switzerland and Germany among others.

If the tick is found to have borrelia present, you need to take 28 days + worth of antibiotics.

Please read the literature on the ilads.org website

Also please watch this film that streams free on hulu:


http://www.hulu.com/watch/268761/under-our-skin


Also, the tests are inaccurate up to 60-70% of the time based on different factors of the bacteria itself. It has a high change rate of it's outer proteins, and also once you are infected it evades the blood and lives in tissue-brain, spine, joints, hearts etc. For these two reasons, among others, blood tests fail do detect many people with Lyme.

Also, if you test to see if you have Lyme within the first 6 weeks of being bitten, most people come up negative, as the body has not had time to mount a proper immune response, and thus will not have enough antibodies to light up the test and will show negative.

This is nothing to mess around with. The safest approach is air on the side of caution. Get the tick tested and or take a course of antibiotics.
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Old 24.06.2012, 17:49
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Re: So I finally got bit! By a tick!

Also, as many people don't get the rash,

if you feel UNwell. Sore throat, mild fever..anything in the week or so after being bitten, this may be an indication that in fact your have contracted something and it would be advisable to start a course for at least 28 days of doxycycline or other suitable antibiotic.

Hope this helps
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Old 25.07.2012, 08:33
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Re: So I finally got bit! By a tick!

I forgot to post this.

For anyone's future reference, the cost of the walk-in clinic was 61 chuffs for the 5 or so minutes.
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Re: So I finally got bit! By a tick!

Well, when my son was 12, I remember pulling a tick out from under his arm. We kept it under observation (not the tick, the underarm) but no rash, rings or anything else appeared around the point of entry.

About 6 weeks later he got sent home from school with headache, aching limbs und fatigue. The doctor diagnosed migraine and sent him home with headache pills. 1 week later no improvement -so I asked my neighbour who is a homeopath to take a look. He gave him something and 2 days later he was fine.

However, 5 months later he woke up one morning and was obviously very ill. Right side of the body paralysed, couldn't stand, anything he drank ran out of his nose. Turned out he had had a brain haemorrhage due toLymes disease although this was only diagnosed after multiple tests. Fortunately, he regained the use of the right side of his body with time and is now OK, but do think good diagnosis is very important. It's not true that infection always makes itself visible at the point of the tick bite.
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