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desertwind
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I tested positive for Q-Fever and was wondering how many others out there have it?

It seems to cause heart issues if not treated...

Would love to hear from anyone who has/had Q-Fever and what sort of symptoms and treatment you had.

Adding 300 mg.'s of Doxy to the mix - not sure for how long. Thanks DW

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treatment for q fever is something like 4 years I think.


good luck

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desertwind
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Thanks.. I read the same thing for chronic cases.

I did not get the details on how bad and how long I have had it but will shortly.

Glad to be under the case of a great LLMD who actually tested for it.

It's hard for me to tell what is coming from lyme, babs or bart - now to add this to the mix is making my head spin.

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I have had it in the past, but not active. I seem to remember a respiratory flu back several years ago.

Was around livestock a lot, so we figure that was the cause for me.

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what are your symtoms ?
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desertwind
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manybites; I am not sure what is coming from what as I have lyme, bart and babs.

I have primarily neuro. symptoms with chills, some sweats and fatigue.

The past week or two I have become very short of breath - something I never get and had an abnormal ECG at my LLMD - again something I have never had.

My understanding is Q-Fever effects the heart and heart valves.

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my daughter tested positive for Q Fever. It is hard for me to sort out symptoms as she has Lyme, FL1953, and bartonella too.

A recent severe herx gave her a high fever (hadn't been over 97ish for over a year), chills, increased chest/arm pain, cough. LLMD suspects herx was from the coxiella.

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Hope this will help you sort out some of the Q-fever concerns.

https://sites.google.com/site/marylandlyme/tick-borne-diseases/q-fever

Hope also that you feel better soon!

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desertwind
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Thank you.

I noticed a pretty big herx on Septra/Zythro combo. CHILLS, flu like, headache, dry cough (never get!), short of breath (never get!), body pain et al. But then came the rash /hive allergy so geez...

Anyway, I am going to the cardiologist today to make sure my ticker is okay. I am a runner/triathlete and never had any sort of cardio problems but better safe then sorry.

What scares me the most is I have a bovine pericardium patch in the back of my head and wonder if that could be the cause, given cattle are a main source. I never felt the same since that surgery.

This thing really meeses you up..Thanks again. DW

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Good Luck. I was also concerned about my daughter's heart with the chest pain and left arm pain. She checked out okay and is over the pain. Just backed off on meds for a week.
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Look up the Dubbo Australia study on Q Fever and chronic fatigue syndrome -- and another study recently linked Q fever to some ME/CFS cases as well. It is known to cause both heart problems and an ME/CFS-like illness in some cases if not treated for long enough, so stick with the treatment!
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There is a possibility for

Serological cross-reactions between Bartonella quintana, Bartonella henselae, and Coxiella burnetii

quote:
Cross-reactivity was observed: more than 50% of the chronic Q fever patients tested had antibodies which reacted against B. henselae antigen to a significant level

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I'll vouch for the cross-reactivity. My 9 year old was first positive on a blood test for q-fever - and she was never symptomatic. Later tested for Bartonella, which came up positive - and daughter WAS having many CNS type symptoms typical of bart.

Columbia Tick Laboratory also discusses the cross-reactivity with Bart.

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My Q-Fever titer also showed up after I found out that I have Bartonella and it had tested positive.
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I have not gotten my Bart results back yet but my LLMD believes I have that as well. Have alot of the symptoms.

Happy to find out my ticker is fine - but he did see some signs of PAST inflammation around my heart lining so it looks like I caught it soon enough. Cardiologist was very lyme friendly and glad my LLMD tested for and found it.

I have mostly neuro. symptoms and finding that my out of breath - ness is going away very quickly with just 10 days (so far) of Doxy.

BAsed on my results it looks like th Q-Fever is not in the chronic stage - it is acute at this point.

Thank you everyone for your feedback....DW

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