Hello everyone . Okay, about 2-3 weeks ago I was getting ready for a shower after work, then I felt to me what felt like a mosquito bite on my stomach. It just was bitting me as soon as I felt it, the head was not inside of the skin or anything. Also, there is no "bull-ring rash". Just wondering if I should be worried or not? Thanks
Relax. You probably have Lyme, but that doesn't mean you are going to get ill. I say this because researchers have found Lyme very prevalent. You are in a great position to have awareness early on, and you can make educated decisions. Lyme is curable.
Do some research, and put together a notebook on Lyme. Dig deep. You'll find everything you need for a solution if you do.
Some things I found attractive during my research were:
hmm so I probably have lyme....well that's not exactly what I wanted to hear. I guess just to make sure I should go to a lyme specialist. Thanks for the info, and i'll look more into it. But, what do you mean I won't get ill?
If you were bitten it is possible that you have Lyme and/or other tick-borne diseases. You didn't mention where you live. Is it a Lyme-endemic area? Although the organisms responsible for Lyme disease have been found in all states and in fact in every continent of the world, it is far more concentrated in certain areas.
Depending on where you are, some doctors offer prophylactic treatment as a precaution. This is done primarily in highly endemic areas, however it is contraversial. The way many look at this is, better risk an upset stomach than risk a life-long potentially debilitating disease.
I don't suppose this helps much now, but if you or anyone you know gets bitten by a tick, ALWAYS save the tick and have it sent for lab analysis. This is the best way to get a more definitive answer.
You do NOT have to get a bullseye or indeed any rash at all to have Lyme disease. More than 50% of patients never even remember a tick bite. As 6blues mentioned, watch for symptoms and listen carefully to your body. If something is just "not right" you need to find a Lyme literate medical doctor for evaluation. Be forwarned that getting a competent evaluation and proper treatment can be a challenge to say the least. Hopefully it won't come to that. Be aware also that there is no test that can absolutely rule out Lyme, although some in the medical community are not aware of this. That is why the CDC states that it is to be a clinical diagnosis with testing used to confirm, not to diagnose. Hope all is ok, good luck.