Lyme Disease/mosquito bite
Geisha wrote at 2013-07-10 16:57:45
My husband and I both got bit like crazy by 'swarms' of msquitos. When we compared our injuries, I asked him if any of his could ever compare with one of mine - a huge itchy swelling on the calf. This area developed a bull's eye rash.
We haven't seen ticks on us or our dogs for months before that. I suspected the mosquitos as carriers. That's why I pushed it out to go to the doc (I also heard enough about lyme to be in denial). I got a steady headache, neck pain, an increasing rash, relatively high (102F) fever, night sweats, and finally severe back pains which drove me to the ER where I was diagnosed with lyme based alone on my rash (and a few other non-bull's eye rashes on other locations). A blood test confirmed the diagnosis. The doc insists it was a tick that was left unseen.
The 2 tick nymphs which I picked off myself months ago on 2 different areas (one at the front thigh, one on my chest) I easily noticed when they started settling down because of their itchiness. I also seem to be able to see them well when they crawl(ed) over our dogs in search for a good spot. Nevertheless, the doc didn't 'buy' my mosquito bite suspicion.
Are there any medical reports on mosquitos and lyme? I'd love to know. Thanks for any leads on that.
Jenshadus wrote at 2014-08-08 22:08:38
Most doctors are dismissive. Lyme is an unsung epidemic in Virginia ignored by the medical community. I ave been having very strange symptoms for a couple years and went to various doctors each telling different problems like low iron, and other normal physical symptoms. I kept asking for a Lyme test and kept coming back negative. I finally ended up in the ER twIce in one week still with negative results. I asked how it was that the vet was able to get immediate positive results for my dog. The tests taken are different. Doctor labs test got the bacteria. Vet test for the antibodies. I finally found a doctor who tested for the latter and I definitely have Lyme and two. Coinfections. I suggest you go to ispotlyme.com and find a doctor ear you. They are very helpful over the phone