I haven't really told anyone about this yet, but I haven't been feeling very well in recent weeks. It has gotten worse lately, and I have finally
sought medical attention.
At this point, it looks as though I may have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
If that is what I have, then I'm about a month overdue for treatment. I do not remember ever getting a tick bite, but I did go on a hike through the
woods in Nolensville, TN, about a month ago, and the two other people I went out with have both been diagnosed with the disease, and we share the same
Apparently, you don't have to get a tick bite in order to contract the disease. Just coming in contact with a tick or their feces (which they just
randomly drop wherever) can give it to you. I have also been told that 40% of RMSF patients never show signs of a tick bite, or the famously
associated rash (which I do not show).
Did you know that there are only about 800 cases of RMSF diagnosed each year in the U.S.? Why do I have to be one of the lucky ones?? :bnghd:
Anyways, blood work is being done... so I should know for sure if this is what I have in a couple days. But I have already been placed on medication
since the docs are pretty sure that's what it is and the earlier I start meds, the better. The pill battery consists of a pain killer and a
It isn't uncommon for severe and/or late diagnosis cases of RMSF to result in complications, including death and neurological problems. Of course,
that only happens to a small percentage of people, so let's just hope I can eat these pills for a few weeks and come out unscathed!
Just wanted to let everybody in on that.
[edit on 9/24/2007 by damajikninja]