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Public service announcement... check for ticks!

#1 User is offline   flyweightnate 

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:17 PM

So two of the last three weekends, I've been in the woods to come greater or lesser extent. This week, I feel under the weather, then notice swelling in my underarms at the lymph nodes, insomnia, soreness in my joints... followed by migraines and flash-fevers.

Tomorrow, Lyme disease checkup. Whatever I've got, it sucks, and all the symptoms point towards Lyme. It means I miss probably a week or two of wrestling, possibly a bit of paintball, too, and more sleep than I can afford, being in college. Check yourselves for ticks, and "paintball welts" that grow.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:18 PM

Actually I met a lady this week that has a husband with Lime desease. He got it fom a tick. Now he can only move one finger and the rest of him is paralyzed.

He's 37 now.


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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:48 PM

i check for ticks all the time. I've had a couple, but no lyme disease. ;)
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:04 PM

Ya ive gotten ticks before but never a disease from them.
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 07:06 AM

I always check for ticks. But it is easy for me because I do not have alot of hair on my head, so I can search fairly quickly.

But shouldn't this be in the GPD? Or even in the safety section?
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 01:22 PM

maybe he felt he wanted to protect fellow pumpers 1st priority :D
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 02:08 PM

...or I just don't care about those other guys. Survival of the fittest?

And it seems I might not have Lyme after all... have the doctors stumped! I don't know if I should be proud or worried...
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 02:14 PM

Umm either you are the victim of a new disease or maybe you just have swelling and many other random symptoms.If you do get a tick how do you get it out? I havent had one in about 10 years
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 02:24 PM

Fly, as long as it your lymes is in it's earily stages and are treated you should be fine. I was actually treated for lymes disease 4 weeks ago. About 7 weeks ago i picked a deer tick off of me and didn't think anything of it. About 3 weeks later i was hit with a fever extremely stiff neck, pressure in my head, and head pains when standing up, my eyes also were sore/swollen. It wasn't pleasant. Your doctor should probably prescribe you antibiotics for 3-4 weeks. The meds kicked in after about a day but still had symptoms for another 3 days. Also, for whatever its worth, there isn't a great chance of lymes showing up in your blood work even through you may have it.

Again as long as it is treated in the earily stages you should be fine. Haha actually 2 days after being on the medication and still feeling a bit under the weather I ventured out to play paintball in the back woods! Don't let it deter you from playing, just take the necessary precausions.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 04:58 PM

My paintball camo actually doubles as a bug suit because of its materials. The mesh material is also very breath-able and light, and it has some imitation leaves to give it a semi-ghillie look. Heck, one time a red came within ten feet of me and didn't even notice me. Very good stuff if you're lurking in tall grasses.

Here's the site. Mine looks like the ones at the top.

The only downside is that I had some trouble scrubbing out some thick paint one time. :D

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 05:25 PM

Generally, the best way to remove a tick is as follows: grab the tick by the abdomen, and GENTLY pull it up off the skin. The tick will let go- you do not want to pull the abdomen off the head, as this actually increases the chance of infection. To kill a tick, usually burning them is the only effective means on the small "hard" ticks (deer, black-legged) that spread Lyme disease.

I'm now on a cyclene antibiotic, to clear up some symptoms, and any Lyme that might be present, while they run thyroid hormone, muscular enzyme, electrolyte, Lyme antibody, and a few other tests. Should fix things... I hope...

Now, if anyone here is actually a qualified medical professional, here's a set of symptoms: short-lived fevers, infrequent mild nausea, extreme stiffness along the spine (but I wrestle, so take that with a grain of salt), severe tension headaches, localized swelling/ irritation of the underarms, stiffness in the knees, and strangest of all, obscenely high blood pressure (146/90, then 138/82 the second time around, taken digitally).
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 05:36 PM

A good way to get ticks to let go is to put some nail polish remover on it. I don' really know how it does it but it does every time. Just grab a tissue and grab it as soon as the tick lets go. You can then either crush it or burn it.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 06:50 PM

What works for me (plus the only way I've tried) to remove ticks when they are already biting into you, is taking a match, lighting it and snuffing it out once it gets sufficiently hot, and putting it near the tick. It should crawl right out so you can remove it before it bites you again.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 05:59 AM

The idea, when removing a tick, is to prevent it form either vomiting, or having the head break off. Gently pulling it is the best of both worlds.

Then grab a match, and scorch the mother.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 09:01 AM

View Postflyweightnate, on Sep 20 2008, 05:59 AM, said:

The idea, when removing a tick, is to prevent it form either vomiting, or having the head break off. Gently pulling it is the best of both worlds.

Then grab a match, and scorch the mother.



why waste your time.. just put in the toilet.. and flush.
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