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?
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.