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rockingship
Posted: Oct 16, 2004 at 4:48 AM - rockingship's 40th post Copy Link
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Those of us who have spent any time around greyhounds, or outdoors at all.....get a blood test....

Many of you might have noticed that I've been a bit distant lately.....and the fact is I've been feeling poorly for a month or so.....went to the walk in the other day, had some blood work done.....bingo....Lyme Disease.

30 days on doxycyclene.....for starters....

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brindlehounds
Posted: Oct 16, 2004 at 5:43 AM - brindlehounds's 37th post Copy Link
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Thank goodness you got the blood test. Hope the doxy kicks in soon and you start to feel better.

Lyme is a HUGE problem round here!

Take it easy - let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2004 at 9:33 AM - jcsperson's 16th post Copy Link
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Get well soon, Dennis. Smile

I feel that way, too, sometimes. It's not Lyme Disease, though. It's 100 eighth-graders! Shocked Roll Eyes

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rockingship
Posted: Oct 17, 2004 at 10:07 AM - rockingship's 42nd post Copy Link
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Thanks guys.....I'm already feeling a bit better.....but these antibiotics are rough.....I'm so tired all the time....

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Posted: Oct 17, 2004 at 11:22 AM - nnracers's 9th post Copy Link
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Dennis,

Sorry to hear about the Lymes.Take care of yourself.

All the greyhounds send you their best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Bob

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CoachGrieber
Posted: Oct 19, 2004 at 3:33 AM - CoachGrieber's 4th post Copy Link
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Dennis,

Lyme disease?!?! How in the world di you contract that? Any ideas? w/e ... Important thing is you take care of yourself. Here's to a speedy recovery.

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rockingship
Posted: Oct 20, 2004 at 8:36 AM - rockingship's 43rd post Copy Link
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Chris, they said I could have had it for a long time....I have some symptoms of late Lymes disease.....must have picked up a deer tick in the woods...we got plenty of deer and plenty of woods around here....

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CeeCee
Posted: Oct 21, 2004 at 5:40 AM - CeeCee's 9th post Copy Link
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Dang, Rock, you take care of yourself and get better soon. No more ticks, okay?

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WebErika
Posted: Oct 21, 2004 at 8:19 AM - WebErika's 22nd post Copy Link
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Oh Rock! I'm so sorry to hear. Big hugs for getting better soon!

I had Lyme's a long time ago when I was training racehorses. (some say it never really goes away.) I even spotted the bite a couple months before I was diagnosed on the back of my neck. Tell-tale ring, perfectly formed. could of been a text-book picture.

I shrugged it off as a non-important bug bite.

Then 2 month later I was feeling really really bad. Listless, no energy, I was having days where it felt like something was sitting on my chest in the mornings. Could barely breathe.

When through 2 emergency room visits before I finally just went to my family doctor and he ran a bunch of tests and finally came up with Lyme's. Now this is almost 8-9 years ago.

It must of been a tick on one the horses that came in from the fields of central Jersey at the time.

He prescribed 3 different sets of medication and it knocked me so bad I was in bed for a couple of months. Took ages before I could even do a load of laundry.

I was just thankful I didn't have to be on an IV drip.

The only effects I have today are some joint stiffness. Doc said that'll never go away. And there's all kinds of schools of thought that say that's not related, so I don't know.

Very good that they caught it Rock! REST UP! Get better! Keep in touch the best you can!


Cheers,
Erika

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rockingship
Posted: Oct 21, 2004 at 9:32 AM - rockingship's 46th post Copy Link
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Thanks for the well-wishes, gang.....I almost feel human today.... Smile Smile Smile

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Posted: Oct 23, 2004 at 9:06 PM - fleetk9s's 3rd post Copy Link
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Dennis,
So sorry to hear about your Lyme. The goods news is that at least you have confirmation. I have a person in our GPA group who lived in NY and spent 3 years trying to get a correct diagnosis.Since it is aptly described as the 'chameleon' of sickness, many people will be told they have chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or lupus.
Even still, chronic Lyme has only recently been classified by the CDC. I have learned more than I ever wanted to know because I suspect my daughter is tick disease positive and it has been an uphill battle.Her test was neg-but many times it won't show up and then getting a Dr to re-test is hopeless.
There are several really good lyme support groups in FL. The best book that was recommended was 'Coping With Lyme Disease'- a worthwhile read.
Many people, including the person from NY, does not fit the risk factors and can't recall having a tick bite. It's scary.
Take care,
Jennifer

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brindlehounds
Posted: Oct 24, 2004 at 3:46 PM - brindlehounds's 47th post Copy Link
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Lyme is scary. I'm seeing deer ticks on a daily basis right now after every dog walk. I always check the dogs, pick the ticks off before they have a chance to burrow into flesh, and drop them in a jar of alcohol. Found a few on myself but luckily I felt a tickle. Ticks running up your back ain't funny! We've never actually had any engorged ticks but the risk is there.

What I'd be interested in knowing - how TIRED do you feel with Lyme? How do you distinguish that from plain everyday tiredness/stress/unhealthy living?

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WebErika
Posted: Oct 25, 2004 at 11:13 AM - WebErika's 23rd post Copy Link
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brindlehounds, Oct 24 2004 at 03:46:07
What I'd be interested in knowing - how TIRED do you feel with Lyme? How do you distinguish that from plain everyday tiredness/stress/unhealthy living?


When I had it, it was a "couldn't go to the bathroom without laying down for a rest" tired.

It disintegrated into a "couldn't even get out of bed" tired. Very weak. Slept a lot.

We thought it was mono among other things, until my family doctor ran blood tests for Lyme titers. He only went on a hunch too, so I guess I was lucky.

I'll have to browse that book fleetk9s suggested. sounds like a good reference ...


Cheers,
Erika

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fleetk9s
Posted: Oct 25, 2004 at 11:35 AM - fleetk9s's 5th post Copy Link
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I can't begin to describe the frustration on both a personal level and I've felt from those who have gone through TBD. It is incredible that information regarding dogs is more accessable than info for humans. I think that is why we keep hearing about chronic fatigue syndrome and medicine can't quantify it. So, in the absence of a definitive test, you have a vague complaint or worse, you are treated as a headcase. The greatest lesson I've learned is that most healthcare authorities don't agree on anything and very little is actually known. It is best to educate yourself, especially if you are to be an advocate for someone who is sick.
Cheers,
Jennifer

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