Wednesday, 6/27/07, my husband began to feel very ill. Muscles in his arms and legs began to drastically weaken and were sore. In the night he started to run a low-grade fever.
The following day, Thursday 6/28, he went early to an urgent care clinic. His muscles had increased in pain and had begun to tremor slightly when flexed. His range of motion was limited and he complained of feeling stiff.
At the clinic, the doctor did a quick swab for strep and did some blood work http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/5247/bloodwork1tw6.jpg. He told us that the quick strep test came back positive and the blood work looked like there was an infection. They put my husband on an IV drip with two antibiotics, and after a couple of hours, the doctor sent him home with a 5-day antibiotic and a prescription strength pain medication similar to tylenol.
Although my husband began taking the prescription, we have only seen his symptoms worsen. He is so weak now, he is almost unable to climb our stairs, and his fingers are so stiff that he has trouble grasping a glass of water. The pain he feels is intense and he tells me that the painkiller only reduces it by about 20%. We called the clinic back to find out if anything had been found in his bloodwork (they were running some sort of 3 day test) and the nurse said that his blood was negative for strep.
Last night, in an attempt to find some explanation as to what was happening, we discovered a set of similar symptoms associated with a black widow spider bite. The reason this caught our attention was because we had recently seen several black widows outside our house, and we had killed one just last weekend near the garage.
We searched my husband's body for any sign of a bite and sure enough we found a very red mark with the two tell-tale fang ****k marks.
We thought surely that this must be what was wrong. Very concerned, still in intese pain and hoping to get a proper diagnosis, my husband went in to the ER at midnight. The doctor glanced quickly at the bite and shrugged it off. He said that this was all part of an infection, and prescribed him an anti-inflammatory.
My husband is continuing the antibiotic because he thinks that no doctor will take him seriously until he has completed the medication and the symptoms remain.
Any suggestions about how to procede?