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Old 11-17-2007, 07:23 PM   #1
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Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

Hi everyone.

While doing research on the boards, I have noticed my symptoms sound similar to that of lyme disease.

My question is, do you have to have a rash to have lyme disease? I have not had a rash but nobody can diagnose my symptoms? Any ideas?

Thanks for your help

 
Old 11-18-2007, 05:14 AM   #2
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

Hi Wildhoofbeats, Ticker is correct. You do not have to show a rash to have contracted lyme and/ or it's coinfections. Ticks carry more than one disease. Studies show, many individuals that have lyme have also contracted coinfections as well. The lyme boards are a good place to help get answers on this disease. I hope you find a diagnosis soon. Not knowing is a horrible feeling. Take care, Leb

 
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:16 AM   #3
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

I have had my symptoms for about 4 weeks now. It all started when I noticed my glands were swollen. After that, I've just had weird symptoms happen to me like the following:

super stiff neck (hurts to move)
chills (sudden)
fever
irregular sleeping patter
slight sore throat (only in mornings)
sore body (muscles and joints)
fatigue

The weird thing about my symptoms is, I will feel fine one day, and the next "it" hits me and I'm tired, and don't feel well. I'll have the chills (severe) for about an hour, then I'll have a fever 102.4, I'll take some asprin and rest.. when i wake up I'm fine. That's weird isn't it? Well, I gotta head to the stable to work...

Thanks for all your help!

 
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

wildhoofbeats77, Lyme symptoms can wax, wane, and migrate around the body.

I am not a doctor, but some of your symptoms sound like they could be from Babesiosis. Do you ever have night sweats, shortness of breath, and/or heart palpitations?

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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

Hi Ticker,

No, I have not had the symptoms you posted. Are those all fundamental symptoms in Babesiosis? I'm going to go do some research on it. Thanks!

 
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

This may sound dumb, but my boyfriend just brought up a point.

Obviously, to have lyme you have to have been bitten by a tick right? Would you absolutely know if you have been bitten? Or can it be silent? ie; can you be bitten by a tick and not know it?

That's my newest question!

 
Old 11-18-2007, 05:45 PM   #7
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

Ticks that transmit Lyme are tiny tiny tiny. Deer ticks are much smaller than the normal everyday tick.

I had no idea I'd been bitten until I felt terrible. And tired. And miserable. Unfort no one believed me until I had bells Paulsey! I even said 'i told you so' to my GP...8 long years ago!

 
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

You can get lyme besides being bit by a tick. YES there is the possibility that you got bit and didn't know it and a person "does not" need a rash to have lyme.

Lyme bacteria is in the syhpillis family and is being said to beable to be transmitted by any blood sucking insect....some say you can pass it through sex. Sounds from what I have read of your post you spend time outdoors around horses...there are many critters swarming around horses that could spread this bacteria...

You might post where you live and someone could tell you where the nearest Lyme Literate Medical Doctor is and either get it ruled in or out...

Good Luck to you...


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Old 11-19-2007, 10:14 PM   #9
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

Hey guys,

I live in northern california. sacramento, stockton, modesto area. Will a GP be able to help me or do I need a specialist?

I do work around horses, at a stable. So my chances could be high couldn't they?

I don't have insurance, which is what has kept me from going to the doctor in the first place because I would get sick, and the next day I would be fine. I just thought it was a weird virus.. and it very well could have been. ? I have not been sick since my last "outbreak" on saturday. Do you think it is worth it for me to pay and see a lyme specialist?

 
Old 11-20-2007, 06:48 AM   #10
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Re: Do you have to have a rash in order to have lyme?

IS it worth it? I'd say yes. However to treat you odds are they will put you on medication and without insurance I can see that being $$$$.

I'm pretty new here though, so i"m not well educated into other options just yet.

 
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