Erythema migrans! sign of Lyme Disease

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Ivan...

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Jul 28, 2011
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Thanks mate.

Just heard the blood test result is negative, which apparently doesn't mean I haven't got it! The EM rash is the clear indicator............

'Testing is not generally considered to be necessary for people with erythema migrans and a history of a tick bite or possible exposure to ticks, as this presentation is sufficient to make a clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease'.

One more week to go on the Doxycycline!
I really feel for you mate, as i have been down this road, i was very lucky that my GP, was very interested, and that i had a perfect bullseye on my thigh when examined, i can honestly say it made me feel awful! I felt like an old worn out creaky man, weak as a kitten aching hips and knees, faint sick and allsorts, i was also on those antibiotics for 6 weeks, and had 3 blood tests, anyway the upshot was a phone call, several weeks later to say negative, that was over a year ago.

But i can't say at times when i am feeling rotten, that it does not cross my mind that it's come back, thats probably paranoia, getting old, too much beer and too many fags.

Good luck sir.

Ivan...
 

Bucephalas

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Jan 19, 2012
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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.
I was hospitalised with mine and had some organ issues as a result. I had every blood test there is but the one I needed was taken 6 weeks after the onset of symptoms. This test would show the required anti-bodies in the blood confirming Lyme.

If I had access to a handgun at the time, I would genuinely have eaten a bullet to stop the pain.

I hope you've escaped the worst.


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Dogoak

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Jan 24, 2009
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Thanks for the thoughts folks. I've been a very, very lucky boy and I think that's down to the fact that I developed the EM rash and I recognised it.

Just a note for anyone interested, the mark that I intially spotted (where I thought I'd caught myself on branch) was red, like the EM in the photo, probably around 50mm accross and not broken (no ring), there was also no sign of a bite.
 

ammo

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Sep 7, 2013
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I hope that your feeling better soon. I never thought tick bites were so bad, or it was very rare for it develop as such.
I really do learn something new everyday, on here.
Thanks for posting this.
 

Dogoak

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Jan 24, 2009
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Cheers Dave & Ammo, fingers crossed, think I've been one of the lucky ones, perhaps speed is of the essence.