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Jul 15, 2011 @ 8:44 PM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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While feeding his livestock while my brother and family are on vacation I got a call from him about his son.
Josh got bitten by a tic.They dont think it was from a tic in northern Wisconsin but from one in Arkansas where he was building wind turbines last week.
The doc from the hospital he is in said it will be a few days before they know if he has Lymes disease or not.
I know about Lymes disease as it killed my favorite fishing guide years ago but never heard of this one.
Anyone ever had the same problem after a tic bite?
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Jul 15, 2011 @ 8:52 PM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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No, but I hope he'll be ok!
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Jul 15, 2011 @ 9:55 PM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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Thanks....They are coming back sooner so hopefully I'll find out on Monday what he has Loreli.
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Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:09 PM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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I had a friend who had RMSF and he was really sick for a long time. And it made him really confused.... not that he was that bright to begin with.

My prayers for your brother!
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Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:18 PM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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....Waiting on test results to determine if Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever disease would indicate they started him on antibiotics; probably Doxycycline.

....If they know for a fact, that he was recently bitten and maybe even kept the tick, then neither RMSF or Lyme will be an issue with already being on antibiotics.

....There are no exact symptoms for Lyme disease, as it could take weeks, months, or even years for some people to show any symptoms. For RMSF, the incubation is about the same, one to two weeks, while most people, but not all, initially develop a rash on their hands and bottom of feet the second week. Even then, some do it sooner and a percentage of black guys, because of some genetic deficiency, go acute in less than a week.

....RMSF is immediately worse than Lyme disease, which mostly causes neurological issues if untreated. RMSF can be quite severe, such as if going acute, losing an arm if that is where the tick injected, or even worse, as it attacks the cells lining the blood vessels, which like Lyme disease, affects the neurological functions (nervous system), but also the respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, etc. systems.

....In the military RMSF was called "tick typhus" in Thailand, Columbia and Panama (not in Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos), with the administration of Tetracycline, but today they use semi-synthetic Doxycycline, a member of the same family.

....Both RMSF and Lyme is found in most, if not all of the 48 continental states. Having seen what both can do, anytime ever bitten by a tick, it was/is a 10 day dose of Tetracycline to be on the safe side and not waiting on symptoms to develop, then a doctor appointment and then the test results. Ticks don't usually attach for many hours and as long as taking a really good shower after potential exposure, most people never get bitten.

....I hope the boy does well.

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Jul 15, 2011 @ 10:22 PM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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Laz had it.. they thought at first that it was mono.. my cousin Deb had it as well.. she was in the hospital a long time.. usually if it is Lyme disease, after a couple of weeks of body pain and lethargy, the symptoms go away.. thats when it starts work on your internal organs.. most docs ( here in the Carolinas) use tetracycline for Lymes disease
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Jul 15, 2011 @ 11:09 PM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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I used to have a farm and horses,and have been bitten couple of times...once when I took my pants off I found 14 ticks ( I counted) all over my legs ...I removed them all with tweezers,washed with antibacterial soap and rubbed an antiallergic cream,because it was itching as looked like a mosquito bite,in three days it was all gone....maybe it´s a different kind of tick

Hope your brother gets well
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Jul 16, 2011 @ 11:49 AM Anyone Ever Have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?    

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yep.. I got tick fever.. I guess its been about 21 years ago. Woke up one morning feeling just fine, went to work feeling just fine. about 2 hours in to work I needed to go upstairs.. and damn.. couldn't bend my knees AT ALL to make it up the steps. I knew something was wrong. I drove myself to the nearest quickie clinic. By the time I got there I couldn't move any of my joints. The doc immediately asked me if I had been bitten by a tick. I replied that I wasn't aware of any tick bite .. so strip down, butt naked, and sure enough, a dead tick in my tennis shoe and a bite on my ankle..
I have never hurt so bad .. every joint in my body was inflamed.. high powered antibiotics and inflamation meds for the joints.. I was sick for over 2 weeks.
I was also informed that at some point down the road I would have a problem with arthiritis... yep... now when I have a flare up.. its in EVERY stinkin joint in my body.. clear down to the joints in my toes...
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