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Bukmastr 05-08-2007 07:03 PM

Tick bite...
 
I was biten by a deer tick on the ankle about a week ago and noticed the trademark bullseye rash around the bite yesterday. I went to Quad med today to have it looked at and got a doctor who has NEVER delt with lyme disease But "no fear" he studied it on the internet for 5 minutes prior to my appointment. He said, "yea, dat dare looks a bit like da picture on da internet" "But what you doing here if you aint sick yet?" I told him from what I have read, and heard on lymes disease its critical to have early detection for prevention.
His response was, "Ok then, stop by and see me if you get any of the symtoms".
I said, I am already starting to feel some fevor and nausea... He scolded me saying "Lymes disease will make all your joints ache and you will be very sick.. IF THAT HAPPENS COME SEE ME!!!! He then gave me two pills to take that he said might clear the whole thing up... I bet they were placebos
Here is a pic of the bite location.
http://shutter04.pictures.aol.com/da...CQ7f280196.jpg
Here is some info I pulled off the web...

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Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful in the later stages of disease. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.
Sounds to me like the rash, and exposure should of told the doctor to imeadiatly put me on Anti-biotics!!!

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Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded several studies on the treatment of Lyme disease. These studies have shown that most patients can be cured with a few weeks of antibiotics taken by mouth. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. Patients with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with drugs such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.
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Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stages of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. A few patients, particularly those diagnosed with later stages of disease, may have persistent or recurrent symptoms. These patients may benefit from a second 4-week course of therapy. Longer courses of antibiotic treatment have not been shown to be beneficial and have been linked to serious complications, including death.
Acording to the medical books I find online, Erythema migrans (the bullseye rash symtom of Lyme) should be sufficiant reason to administer anti-biotics...

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Erythema migrans. Doxycycline (100 mg twice per day), amoxicillin (500 mg 3 times per day), or cefuroxime axetil (500 mg twice per day) for 14 days (range, 1021 days for doxycycline and 1421 days for amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil) is recommended for the treatment of adult patients with early localized or early disseminated Lyme disease associated with erythema migrans, in the absence of specific neurologic manifestations (see Lyme meningitis, below) or advanced atrioventricular heart block (A-I). Each of these antimicrobial agents has been shown to be highly effective for the treatment of erythema migrans and associated symptoms in prospective studies. Doxycycline has the advantage of being effective for treatment of HGA (but not for babesiosis), which may occur simultaneously with early Lyme disease. Doxycycline is relatively contraindicated during pregnancy or lactation and in children <8 years of age. Antibiotics recommended for children are amoxicillin (50 mg/kg per day in 3 divided doses [maximum of 500 mg per dose]), cefuroxime axetil (30 mg/kg per day in 2 divided doses [maximum of 500 mg per dose]), or, if the patient is 8 years of age, doxycycline (4 mg/kg per day in 2 divided doses [maximum of 100 mg per dose]) (A-II).

Spike 05-08-2007 10:59 PM

Ouch Bukmastr, hope you went to another doctor right away to get an opinion (would say a second opinion but that guy were like eat you some bacon and put some calamine on it and it'll be alright).:crazy: :crazy: An army buddy of mine had 50-100 tick bites (just remember it was a lot), and they thought he had it and am pretty sure they gave him antibiotics and he was better shortly thereafter. Good luck with that man.

buckfever 05-09-2007 12:07 PM

that doc must have got his license to practice medicine off the internet too. what a goofball. antibiotics is the way to go with that. ive seen docs give people (antis) before with no real symptons of anything. just a precautionary measure if for no other reason. you would have thunk that he would have taken a sec to write you a script to be on the safe side. :crazy: or maybe he just wanted to charge you for 2 doc visits instead of 1.

and good luck with that.

deercook 05-10-2007 11:43 AM

That looks kinda painful. Hope you found you some pills to fix your symptons already. And like the other guys said good luck with that.

joel the signman 05-10-2007 01:50 PM

antibiotics STAT.

Bukmastr 05-11-2007 10:39 PM

I contacted the head of Quad med and explained the situation. He forwarded my internet research to a Lymes specielist who called me and said I indeed have lymes disease and need to get on the antibiotic meds right away and sent the prescription and amount of the drug I requested to our pharmacy http://www.bloodbro.com/messageboard.../icon_cool.gif

Being a little proactive and watching out for ones own well being is the best medicine we have http://www.bloodbro.com/messageboard.../icon_wink.gif Let this be a lesson not to put all your faith into one or two Doctors. Do some research, ask some questions, take action man!!

buckfever 05-12-2007 09:12 AM

very well done and said. glad to see you found someone who was willing to give you what you needed.

critter gitter 05-12-2007 05:25 PM

I would see a different doctor

billp 05-13-2007 05:39 AM

sounds like one of the worse doctors i have herd of. if u most go to a er

joel the signman 05-13-2007 01:10 PM

i knew it .we got lyme disease pretty bad in nyhopefully the antibiotics will take care of it.if you dont mind me asking what did they give ya?cipro?:confused:


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