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What effects of Lyme disease to a body

Updated on July 5, 2011

Lyme disease

I can recall back in 2001,I had a tick bite me on the leg.In California's coastal mountains,the Pathwelo Tick lives and thrives off of Deer,Wild Pigs and rodents of all types.

I removed the tick as I always do when one gets embedded my body.But this time I noticed a round red rash appear and didn't go away for a couple weeks.It caused swelling of the area and caused itching also.

After a couple months my joints were starting to hurt,especially in the elbow and knee areas,so I went to the doctor for an examination.It is very important for a person to tell the doctor if you were bitten by a tick,spider or whatever as they the doctors will diagnose you for a tick bite.

My doctor ran tests for my tick bite and the results came back positive for lyme disease.She then started me on treatment and it cured my joint pain,so far as it has been 8 years since the bite.

Ticks are carriers of the Lyme bacterium in their stomachs. The ticks then are vectors that can transmit the bacterium to humans with a tick bite.

If you are bitten by a tick,go have tests ran to be sure you don't have lyme disease.

Don't let someone or yourself remove the tick and forget it ever happened or you may be paralyzed from the disease later in life.

The number of cases of the disease in an area depends on the number of ticks present and how often the ticks are infected with the bacteria.

In certain areas of New York, where Lyme disease is common, over half of the ticks are infected. Lyme disease has been reported most often in the northeastern United States, but it has been reported in all 50 states.In the United States,

It is primarily contracted in the Northeast from the state of Maine to Maryland, in the Midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in the West in Oregon and Northern California.

Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics under the supervision of a doctor. Several antibiotics are effective. Antibiotics usually are given by mouth but may be given intravenously in more severe cases.

Patients treated in the early stages with antibiotics usually recover rapidly and completely. Most patients who are treated in later stages of the disease also respond well to antibiotics.My treatment was by mouth.This disease can go into remission and show up later in a persons or animals life.

After one year I went back to my doctor to be tested again.

It should be dealt with in an expeditious manner to prevent loss of normal functioning of body parts.

Tick Bite maybe a sign of lyme disease
Tick Bite maybe a sign of lyme disease
A variety of ticks that cause lyme disease
A variety of ticks that cause lyme disease

If you are bitten by a tick,should you go to the doctor?

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    • flread45 profile image

      Frank 7 years ago from Montana

      Donotfear,I wish you all the best and you are right,it doesn't cure in a few weeks.

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      firead45: Just an update. I'm still on antibiotics after 7 weeks. I'm still not completely well. My elbows & arms are worse, but my fatigue is now 70% improved. I am an example that this illness is not curable in just a few weeks....and I caught it very early in it's onset. So much for the IDSA who says it's completely curable in 4 weeks. I am the prime example that it's not true. And, no, I don't have any other illness. Please go to the poll I developed, Lyme Disease in 50 States, here on Hubpages. I'm glad you are well. You have a strong immune system.

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      ME Whelan 7 years ago from New England

      When I thought I'd take a look to see if there were any Hubs about Lyme Disease, I was surprised to see how many people have had first-hand experience with it.

      Each Hub has something to offer. Thanks for sharing your own experience.

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      Frank 7 years ago from Montana

      Get plenty of rest and the medicine will eventually heal you.:)

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      Thank you for directing me to this Hub. The symptoms you experienced are nearly exactly like mine! I don't have a rash, though. A red spot has appeared mysteriously on my arm where I had NO tick bite. It looks like an itchy mosquito bite, but doesn't itch. It's got fever in it, too.. Dude, my knee caps have been hurting, as well as my elbows!! I've been on antibiotic 4 days now. I'm praying for a miracle.....I feel awful today, but felt great the past 2 days. It's weird. Thank you for the information!!

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      LymeLiterate 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Stopped by and clicked a lot of your links to help you out. I am writing Lyme articles on here as well. Good Luck!

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      Frank 8 years ago from Montana

      I will check your hub out when you finish it and it is a good idea as you say to get checked for lyme.

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      Max Sumer 8 years ago

      Another great hub. I am happy that you caught the Lyme within the first year. I did not develop the typical bulls eye rash when I was first bit, but was severely ill. Now 13 years later I have been incorrectly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as the doctors in FL are just not well informed about this disease. I'll be writing a hub about this in the future, so if your interested check it out.

      Again, I am very glad you recovered, but as you stated continue to get tested because the bacteria can lie in waiting. I agree if you are an avid outdoorsman/woman, get tested yearly whether you remember being bitten or not.

      Keep up with the hubs I enjoy them!!

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      Frank 8 years ago from Montana

      If you hunt and fish or hike in a Lyme disease area you need to get checked every year.

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      AJHargrove 8 years ago from USA

      I'm happy you're better. Kudos for spreading awareness anyway.

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      flread45 8 years ago

      Yes I know I was lucky,because if you don't tell the had a tick on you,he will usually not have a checkoff on the blood test.

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      You were lucky to resolve your lymes. I have an acquaintance who went from healthy to crippled/twisted in a wheelchair in about five years from lyme's. She could not get a doctor to test/help with what she researched and thought was lymes - and it was, but by the time she was treated it was too late, and she did not respond to either oral or IV therapies. Thanks for your reminders!

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I live in northern wisconsin and our county is one of the highest for lyme's disease. In fact, I just got tested and it came up negative. My husband (fisherman and hunter) gets tested every year. Great advice.

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      Frank 9 years ago from Montana

      Check your body for ticks when you shower

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      anglnwu 9 years ago

      Very good information on ticks and lyme disease. Will remember to watch out for ticks or can you ever be too careful out in the wild?

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      Candie V 9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I mountain bike ride and there are wild rabbits that have ticks, as well as the deers having ticks.. usually, from what I understand, are the more common carriers of the Lyme Disease.. Never had one on me, but my cat had one on its nose. Great advice!!

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      Montana Farm Girl 9 years ago from Northwestern Montana

      I lived in California too and remember all too well the warnings of ticks and lyme disease; I worried every day that my young sons would get it!!! Very informative hub!!