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Lyme Disease or Something Else?

Updated on June 28, 2015

The difference a day makes

This is the spot that her dad noticed and prompted the ER visit.
This is the spot that her dad noticed and prompted the ER visit. | Source
This is the spot the next day. It's larger and starting to look different.
This is the spot the next day. It's larger and starting to look different. | Source

Children and Lyme Disease

I'm currently awaiting blood test results for my six year old little girl. She started experiencing back pain accompanied with a fever a little over a week ago. These symptoms didn't stick around very long so I assumed she was better. Keep in mind, she had just had a well child check up a few days after her symptoms started.

My daughter was spending the weekend with her dad and I got a phone call in the morning. He was very upset and concerned because he was putting her in the bath tub and noticed a rather large red spot on her back. He immediately returned her home and I assumed she had ringworm. I researched articles and photos online for hours. When I compared my daughters spot to the pictures I saw I realized there was no way she had ringworm. I continued to search and put 'back pain followed by a large red spot'. This search alarmingly brought up Lyme Disease. I panicked and took my daughter to the ER. The ER physician suspects Lyme Disease. I felt so guilty. Why didn't I see a tick on her? How could I not know what was happening? Why didn't I act sooner?

Here it is Sunday June 28th and I'm about fifteen hours into the 24-48 hour waiting period for my little girls test results. I'm so worried and sad for her. She keeps complaining of back pain. The spot seems to be getting larger. She took her first few doses of amoxicillan. She needs to take it four times a day for 21 days. I'm not sure if I am hoping for positive results, just so I know what's wrong with her, or negative results. If the results are negative, then what is wrong with my little girl?

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