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Priya
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Can you have Lyme with no symptoms ? I found a tick in my bed. Not sure if it was a deer tick or not. It did look swollen. So might have bitten me or daughter.

its been 6 weeks and none of us have had any symptoms. No rash or fever or muscle joint pain. Should I and my daughter still get tested?

Suppose the test is positive do you treat it if no symptoms ? Pcp totally dismissed Lyme. But it has been at the back of my mind.

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I wouldn't worry if there was no evidence of a bite and no symptoms.

Do you have any pets it may have bitten?

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Priya
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No I don't have any pets. That is why I was worried either me or one of my daughters might have brought it in. There were 3 of us in bed when I found the tick.

What really worries me is when I read that people don't have symptoms for years and suddenly develop symptoms after years. And what I have read says late stage Lyme is more difficult to treat and may not fully recover. When at this point the treatment might be a simple course of antibiotics.

Then again do doctors treat if there are no symptoms ?

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Angie b
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I wouldn't chance it
At all


I have late stage Lyme disease now
Which means I have had the bacteria in my body for well over 4-8 years now

And all those years I never had any symptoms at all
I was perfectly healthy
Doing workouts etc
I didn't even know I was bite or had any rashes
Or fever or anything

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I never ever would've checked for Lyme , or thought it
last year (2016) out of blue , started to get horrible pains in my feet
Out of the blue
And for a year I have been misdiagnosed with everything
As I got worse and worse and many doctors had no clue what was going on
I have to learn how to walk again
Really

I would never thought I had Lyme ever
I didn't remember any tick on me or any bullseye rash or any rash

So don't take a chance
Lyme is no joke
Don't be fooled
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Hi there thanks for any info
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Angie

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Angie b
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Get the IGENEX test only

And get to a ilads LLMD

Google one in your town
They are the only ones to treat Lyme

If you go to a regular doctor and say you think you have Lyme but you don't remember a rash or don't remember having any fever
They will think you're a joke
And wasting their time

Trust me , been there done that
And I wasted valuable time
Only to get worse and worse
I seen well over 60doctors "Regular doctors" and
None had no answers and knew what to do, none would say I had a infection at all

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.well now I have to relearn how to walk again
And I'm in horrible pain
Trapped at home
I have no life
I lost all life ..in pain 24hrs a day

Look up EM erythromelalgia "EM burning feet"
Google it
That's what I have as a result of this Lyme
Lyme is not something regular doctors can treat at all
The EM burning pain feels like your foot and legs are going to explode . No exaggeration
If someone is cooking in the house, I will go into huge pains
Any slight temperature changes causes pain , I can't leave the house because it's a different temperature outside
It's crazy

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.haha if I can get back to health I will nevvvver go back near any bushes or forest ever!!!!!!
.not even worth it
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[ 07-17-2017, 02:51 PM: Message edited by: Angie b ]

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Hi there thanks for any info
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Angie

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Priya
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Would an llmd treat if no symptoms of bite and no symptoms ?
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I don't think so.

A tick will stay attached to you for a few days, generally. So, if that tick had bitten you or your daughter, I suspect you would have eventually seen or felt it.

I don't think a lyme specialist will treat you just because you found a tick in your bed. He might test you if you wanted testing.

I know that pediatric lyme docs will NOT treat a child if the child has no symptoms. Even if the child tests positive for lyme, if the child has no symptoms they will NOT treat. They say to leave well enough alone.

They say that the child's immune system must be handling the infection. So, for these reasons they will not give the child treatment.

I know you are uneasy, and I would be too. But, I don't think I would go to any doctor based on just seeing a tick in my bed. My guess is that it didn't get onto either one of you, but I didn't see it.

I would have captured it in a pill container and examined it to see what type of tick it was and if it truly was swollen at all.

Still, I don't think I would go to a doctor just for that.

My husband gets 3-4 ticks on him each year. They are attached when he finds them. I would be taking him to the doc all the time if I treated a tick bite that way. In the beginning (like first 2 years after I got rid of lyme), I called his primary and got 2 weeks of doxy for him and once when a red rash as big as a nickle developed, I took him to a dermatologist, but she said it was just normal reaction to an insect bite. Now I no longer contact a doctor.

We have gone 10 years handling his tick bites this way. But, I continually watch him for symptoms. I mark the date of the bite on the calendar and I keep the tick in a pill container with a moist cotton ball so it doesn't dry out.

This way, if I want to send it away for testing, I can. But, since nothing has come of any of his bites, I have never gone any further than this.

There is a place out west that is currently testing ticks for free. So, if you find another one in your house, you may want to send it away for testing. The testing is not 100% accurate, but it would be interesting to see the result.

Look at pictures of swollen ticks on the Internet and see if that is what your tick looked like.

Just type into Google "tick after blood meal picture" and many will come up. The tick no longer looks like a tick. It looks like a blown up balloon. A big difference.

It would not stop feeding until it was blown up like a balloon. So, if it wasn't blown up like these pics, that means that it did not feed on anyone.

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Yes a LLMD will give you the correct test to see if there's anything

It's better to know
Then wonder
And then wait down the future
For something weird to happen

Yes just get the test if nothing is there! Then great ..

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Lyme is weird in that , it hides for years if not treated and then comes out full strength all of a sudden

[ 07-17-2017, 02:56 PM: Message edited by: Angie b ]

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And again , your not just looking for Lyme , your looking for all the other bacteria that comes with the Lyme

All those are different and a lllmd is the only one that knows how to treat alll those types of bacteria

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Angie

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Read that article
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/moms-shares-terrifying-photos-of-3-year-old-daughter-covered-in-seed-ticks/

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Not to scare you, but just to be aware

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If you're having no symptoms and didn't find the tick attached, then I doubt a doctor would treat. Lyme doctors treat until you're symptom-free, so there would be no point in treating.

My understanding of diagnosis is that testing shows exposure. In the presence of symptoms, proving exposure, shows that the symptoms come from Lyme.

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I find ticks in my house a few times a year.
They drop here and there.

I think when they come for a ride on clothes, and not always attach. I'm sure they dislike my husband, so I guess, they drop from his clothes and fall in the couch, or in the bathroom.

My cat brings attached and unattached ticks home too. I find engorged ticks (fully engorged AFTER bite), or 'thinner' versions (did not bite recently yet).

Once they bite, they usually do not drop on their own until they are full.

If you are worried you can test, though.

But if you got positive, and still no symptoms, it may mean simply your body is working fine and fighting the infection.

Mosquitoes are also said to be infected with lyme. It makes no sense to do tests at every mosquito bite, if you see what I mean... Unless you have symptoms.

Or you can take lyme herbs! They are not drugs, and have less side effects.

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