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Old 06-20-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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How long before your symptoms started to show after tick bite?

I just want to know..... How long did it take for some of you to show some of the lyme disease symptoms after a tick bite? Was it days, months, or years? Did you feel unwell for a few days and it went away and then came back years later. Or did you suddenly just felt bad and it never went away, etc. And what were some specific symptoms that you developed when you knew something was wrong?

 
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Re: How long before your symptoms started to show after tick bite?

pleasehelp,

Lyme affects everyone differently. There is no one size fits all.

In my case, I had only some mostly minor (but sometimes severe) muscle and joint pain until 20 years later when I had my gallbladder removed. The day after surgery I developed full-blown lyme symptoms (although no one knew much about Lyme or identified those symptoms as such at the time). But that to me was the beginning of my downhill journey with Lyme.

This is not uncommon. Many people report no symptomolgy until a major event in their lives - surgery, a car accident, a trying emotional issue, etc... Then there are others who develop symptoms immediately after the bite.

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Old 06-29-2010, 05:35 PM   #3
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Re: How long before your symptoms started to show after tick bite?

Agree with Jenj770 100%. I was someone who never ever got sick and Lyme symptoms hit me light a freight train 2 weeks after being bitten.

 
Old 06-30-2010, 03:57 PM   #4
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Re: How long before your symptoms started to show after tick bite?

My Lyme symptoms came on gradually during the first two months in the form of lethargy, weakness, anxiety, and temperment. After four months, it got bad real fast.

Wishing you the best.

 
Old 07-01-2010, 06:29 AM   #5
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Re: How long before your symptoms started to show after tick bite?

Hi pleasehelp,

I agree that it differs person to person. In my case, I had a bull's-eye rash in May 2007. I was not treated because of some bad advice from a doctor. My symptoms surfaced in March 2008.


I had ER doctors tell me that you would get sick immediately. However, my experience, and the experiences of SO MANY others, proves these doctors wrong.

All the best to you!

 
Old 07-28-2010, 05:41 AM   #6
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Re: How long before your symptoms started to show after tick bite?

I'm glad i found this board! I too was a healthy 35 year old male, played many a sport, never got sick, had one prescription since i was a teenager. I got sick within 2 weeks, then at about the 3 month mark I thought I was dying. I was lucky enough to start treatment after only 5 months, but I wouldn't wish those first 5 months on anyone. Cheers.

 
Old 07-31-2010, 07:36 AM   #7
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Re: How long before your symptoms started to show after tick bite?

I was bitten the first weekend of May, 2010. I started feeling very sleepy in the afternoon toward the end of the month. By June 1st, I knew something was wrong & suspected Lyme immediately, as I was exposed in an infested area, NW AR (though it's not recognized by CDC as endemic). I saw a doc on June 12, was told on June 16 I tested positive for one band, p41. Since then, I found a LLMD & have started on aggressive antibiotics. So I would say symptoms start within a month.

 
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