Re: Tick Bite??
Hi Eeyore1973, welcome to the board!
Did you save the tick? If so, it can be tested for disease at IgeneX Lab in Palo Alto, CA. I am glad you used tweezers to remove it. This is the proper way to remove ticks.
Although a bullseye rash is a definite sign of Lyme disease, only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash. There are other types of Lyme rashes also. If you think this rash is a bulls-eye rash, you need to get treated. You should get photos of any rashes you have, it is important documentation. Place something near the rash, like a coin or ruler, to give size definition. It is definitely possible to be bitten by more than one tick.
Lyme disease is a multi-system bacterial infection, and it can cause many symptoms. Below is a symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms. Often, early in the infection symptoms begin as flu-like. Flu symptoms in the summer should be suspect for Lyme disease.
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
Be on the look-out for any symptoms. Getting proper treatment early in an infection is crucial.
Last edited by ticker; 06-27-2006 at 09:01 AM.