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Could it be that I can getting the symptom of the disease from that tick bite so long ago?

Question:
I am hoping that someone can help me with this. Last Wednesday, I went to the hospital because I had a high fever (105). The symptoms I described to the nurse led her to believe that I had Spinal Meningitis. After a Spinal tap, this was ruled out and the doctor gave me Doxycycline which I have to take for 5 days. In other words, he said that he thought I had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. After reading about RMSF and Lyme Disease on the Web, I am a little confused.

What confuses me the most is that I have not been bit by a tick in about 6 to 7 years. At that time, I did have a weird rash (it was circle in shape) on my arm, but it went away and didn't think much about it after that. Now, many years later, I am getting all the symptoms of Lyme Disease. My knees hurt really bad, headaches, burning shoulder pains, vision problems, muscle spasms, chest pains, loss of feeling at my extremities, fatigue, etc... Could it be that I am just now getting the disease from that tick bite so long ago? How long can it live in you before it lets loose?


Answer:
Yep it can happen. I got bit in 1990 and took 2 weeks of Doxycycline as I had the classic lyme disease rash but tested negative at the time for Lyme disease. I didn't get any more tick bites as we moved to town shortly after that. I had small symptoms that came and went until around March of 97 and after that I started going downhill fast. I finally got to a lyme literate physician in Sept. of 97 and tested postitive on one test. I have taken 15 months of Doxy and climbed back up the hill. I am now about 95-98% better and still taking a natural alternative medication now and hoping to stay where I am. So far so good. Been off abx for over a month now and working out at the Y daily.



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