Lyme Disease

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Vikingdad, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

    On November 1st, 2013 I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease with coinfection of Babesia and Bartonella with the possibility that I have Erlichia as well (testing is under way). I am still trying to get my mind around the whole concept.

    The reason I have started this thread is that several members have reached out to me in PMs to offer their support, and also to ask some more questions about the disease. I want to thank all of you for the support, but also I would like to respond in a way that others might benefit from my (limited but rapidly growing) experience.

    Lyme disease is a very serious concern for anybody who is outdoors at all. The more you are outdoors and where you are outdoors might determine you possible level of exposure. Hunters are particularly susceptible due to the close contact with their prey which is often infested with ticks. But you can just as easily get it from working in your garden right in the middle of town.

    I am aware of the fact that there is a lot of information available out there (as a matter of fact I highly recommend a few resources I have found), but I am wondering if there is enough interest here on FTF to support this thread, and I am also wondering if Y'All would like for Dr. Football and me to do one of our Podcast shows on the subject.

    So what do Y'All say? Shall we get started or is there only limited interest in?
  2. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

    You have my full support and interest.

    I am very interested in your podcasts. How do I find them. (I haven't see any yet)
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2013

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    my thoughts and prayers with you brother.

    i have heard of the disease, but honestly know really very little about it.

    if it helps you in anyway to keep this thread going, then i here for you.

    if you think it can help do a podcast on it, then by all means go for it.

    you and DrFootball have a great thing going with the first few podcsts and i am very much enjoying them.
  4. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

    Thanks Kryptar. I do appreciate the offer. My intention is to help others and myself at the same time in educating about Lyme. I have a fantastic resource here in my housemate who has been through a battle with Lyme just in the past couple of years. She is like an encyclopedia of information on Lyme (and many other interesting things) so she is my support system.

    My immediate problem (or at least one of them) is that I have serious memory issues and have difficulty retaining anything unless it is pounded into my head. That is one of the reasons for this thread as it gives me the opportunity to pound it into my own head!:D

    One of the other members asked me in a PM what symptoms I am experiencing. It is difficult for me to come up with that list because the list is so long. My housemate (whom I am trying to come up with a name for) read his message and laughed,saying that I did not have enough time in the day to write it out.

    I did come up with a very short list of symptoms this morning in my reply to him but be aware it is not comprehensive in any way shape or form. Here is what I came up with this morning.

    memory loss
    sleep dysfunction (I am suffering from poor sleep and not enough. Some sleep too much)
    no dreams and/or dream recall
    chronic fatigue
    oxygen starvation
    severely low libido
    stabbing pains in ribcage (seriously. Stabbing. Like an ice pick.)
    severe tinnitus (ringing in ears- mine is much, much worse than it was)
    joint pain
    muscle fatigue
    severe weight loss
    unable to retrieve words I know
    lack of confidence
  5. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

    I have heard of Lyme disease but don't know much about it so I freak out every time I find a tick on me (3 times this year). Actual facts would be a good thing and probably not a waste of a podcast.

    By the way I listened to the first one and enjoyed it very much.
  6. JayCody

    JayCody New Member

    You have my support. I have not looked into it much but I am going to get into hunting soon and need to know more about it.
  7. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

    Unfortunately the CDC is one of the worst places to get good information on tick borne diseases including Lyme. For example, I have been experiencing clear and documented symptoms since 1998 and not one doctor has even suggested Lyme, my regular doctor dismissed it outright a few years ago when I asked if he thought it might be a possibility. This with him being fully aware that I have lived my entire life out in the boonies and I told him that I have had countless tick bites over the years.

    My new doctor (a recognized Lyme expert) said that I have probably had it for decades and that a severe trauma will bring it out of latency. I was in a severe accident in 1998 and that is when I started having symptoms.

    If you have the time, take a look at this movie. It is 1:44:19 long so be prepared. Not all people have as severe of symptoms. Mine are mild compared to some.

  8. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

    Sorry to hear about the Lyme disease Viking. :(

    Lyme disease is a problem over here too. My neighbor was bitten by a tick and ended up getting the disease. Always wear long pants and shirts in the woods. Have a friend or significant other check your body for ticks after a day out. Educate yourself and watch out for symptoms. Jäger out.
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I think a podcast on Lyme disease would be a good idea.
  10. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

    One of my hunting companions in LA contracted Lyme disease a few years ago while turkey hunting in MO. Unfortunately my friend was mis-diagnosed by the doctors in LA for several years and has suffered permanent damage to his nervous system.

    If caught very early, antibiotics can be used to treat Lyme disease. If you get bitten by a tick, keep an eye on the site where it ocuured on your body. If a "bull's eye" appears see a doctor.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Vikingdad.
  11. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

  12. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    Thoughts and prayers. My dad has that crap. Hey, beware of this too, if you get it to go dormant, simply overworking yourself will bring it back.

    My dad got it to go dormant within about 8 months. Took him 5 years to fully recover from it.
  13. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    I feel for you. This area is terrible for Lyme. 3 of my friends have had it. If caught early, it is still a crappy year with treatment.
    Always do a good tick check as soon as you get home. Usually if you get the tick off within 4 hours you are good, but you still want to keep a close eye on the bite area.
  14. Airborne1

    Airborne1 Member

    I am sorry to hear it Bro! I will keep you in my prayers.
    I know a bit about it as I have done a little reading about several years ago. I know it can cause all kinds of problems, so count me in!

    I read about it because I have been doing a little gold mining over the past 9 years. I have been lucky most of the time, though the wife has found one or 2 on me before and got them off of me before they decided they had found their new home.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2013
  15. racer_x

    racer_x New Member

    Thoughts and prayers!!
    Ive always wonderd what it would feel like if I ever got it being in the woods on an off all year. I wana say I got 5 or 6 off me this year and do this every year.

    Ive learned spraying my shoes and sockes seems to help a lot.

    Tell me if Im wrong here guys but Isnt it theres only 1 breed of tick that carries it being the brown tick I call it the wood tick white spot or line on its back? not a seed tick or blood tick
  16. orangello

    orangello New Member

    Hang in there Viking.
  17. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    Man, ticks have so many different names depending on what area of the country you're in and who you're talking to.

    If it crawls and digs in for the duration, I call it a tick (the one that carries Lyme disease is called a deer tick in my area)

    If it crawls and take a meal then moves on, I call it a lice/louse.

    If it hops and sucks blood, I call it a flea.

    Then there's bed bugs. I love bed bugs, they're easy to kill. Beg/borrow/buy/steal Every space heater you can get your hands on, close all the windows in your home, and get it HOT AS HELL. I can't remember the specific temperature and time frame needed to kill them, but it's not much. Cleaning up their filthy little carcasses is the biggest problem, because you have to clean EVERYTHING including the ceiling. I put my curb find recliner in a storage building and gassed it with chlorine gas. That works too.
  18. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I believe it's 120 degrees for at least an hour. Shihan is our resident bed bug exterminating expert.
  19. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    I thought it was about 120 and four hours to make sure.

    Whatever the case, I would just get it as hot as I could and probably let it bake most of the day.

    I'm all about overkill.