In June of last year, I was bitten by a tick while on a training exercise in North Carolina. The tick was pulled out by a medic but they left the head in. A few days later 24-72 hours approximately I removed the reminents of the ticks head. About 2-3 days following a small little red cirlce around the area began to enlarge until it was just smaller than the circumfrance of a baseball. I went to the doctors who said it was a classic lymes disease rash, and they put me on Doxycycline. Just less than a week later, I got the only symptoms I had. I couldn't move almost without thinking about it first, extremely fatigued where I would try to run or do a cardio workout and would just stop and walk, slight soar throat/cough. The extreme fatigue which I've NEVER felt in my life before was the biggest issue. I was given a blood test the day I first went to get the Doxycycline and about a week after that another blood test. Both were negative for Lymes disease.
A. Is it common to have negative results?\
B. If i had or have Lymes disease, did the Doxycycline pretty much kill it or will it re emerge later in life.
C. Are those common symptoms of it, even about a week after the bite and for only 3-4 days?
D. Do I need to get anothe blood test to confirm or deny this even a year later or does it not matter anymore?
E. Is NC known for prevalence or lack of Lymes disease cases?
Your story is a common one, unfortunately! Most doctors are simply in the dark when it comes to LD. Testing is also unreliable. You probably got an ELISA done at a commercial lab, and even though you had a tick bite it's not unheard of to get a negative test result..
Read all you can about this disease, and why testing can leave us undiagnosed! If you were in the care of a doctor that we call Lyme Literate Medical Doctor,,,they would have treated you longer than a few weeks.
No, a week of Doxy more than likely did nothing more than begin to kill spirochetes. This very smart bacteria converts into a cyst form that gets into the cell! Your symptoms are common ones. yes, LD is found in NC...Another blood test? Only one thing gives you LD and that's a tick, and you did have a bulls eye rash. Many of us never see/get the rash. Again, even a LLMD might retest you, but they understand that having a tick bite tells them one thing-LD. The CDC states that lyme is a clinical diagnosis,,,,and that's because of the lousy testing. another words, a skilled doctor considers your symptoms along with the fact that you had a tick bite---Bingo.
IMO, find a specialist. a LLMD and get treated asap! lymenetdotorg is a site that offers help, guidance and information of Tick-Borne Diseases...click on Flash Discussions-then Medical Questions and post your question. There is also a Seeking a Doctor section which can offer LLMD's in your state.
Here's another good site: ilads.org This site is made up of Lyme doctors, they explain testing and treatment of lyme.
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