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Please educate me on Rabies.

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  • Posted By: Racing23
  • February 29, 2008
  • 08:26 PM

Hello everyone. Well I wanted to post this up here because for the past 6 months I have been going insane on worrying about dying from rabies. Heres my story.

Back on Sept 1st a buddy of mine and I were hanging out at my house. We live back in the woods in a kind of a country subdivision so seeing 4 deer out during the day isnt uncommon. My dad calls us over and we see a healthy looking raccoon walking through our yard. My dad later on feeds him steak, etc. and the raccoon is scarfing the food down as fast as he can, then proceeding to either go back up into the tree or lay near the water tank. After awhile he comes back around and my dad calls us back over, this time I have a banana in my hand so I proceed to feed the raccoon the banana. When I do so, my friend and i are staring at the raccoon, so it comes over and while im holding my hand out, he quickly grabs the banana from me, scratching my pinkie finger about | | that much drawing blood. (I assumed that he was scared that two big guys were in front of him.) I go inside and wash my finger with soap and water and pour eventually straight alcohol on it. Later on i get peroxide and pour it on it also along with hydrocortizone for the next three days. Over the next few months I experienced tons of anxiety, I already have a huge problem with anxiety and I worry about things that are crazy constantly, so needless to say this did not make things better, especially after I looked on google and discovered what rabies was. Ive also been to several family doctors and they all think that this is in my head but i have not been tested because those tests are pretty extreme.

My question for you all is, do I have anything to worry about? Its been 6 months. For awhile I did not worry about it and I felt better, but then the other day my neck started hurting and I started panicing again. (I tend to sleep awkward and fall asleep in class jerking my head back and forth.) For a few months Ive also had muscle spasms and twitching, but its been for a decent amount of time and its on and off. I have alot of stress and anxiety and I get about 6 hours of sleep a night if i am lucky, I stay so busy and worry so much that it takes a toll on me. Please give me some knowledgeable facts on this... The raccoon looked healthy, and could climb a tree faster than a squirrel and ate food. He also didnt not foam or act weird whatsoever.

Thanks alot, hopefully I can put this all behind me.

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  • if your not dead on the........ 11th month then your fine i say this because rabies has an incubation period of 9 months, where it isnt active. which is why trhe outbreak in canada was hard to stop. they put all the animals they thought were infected into a cage for 9 months. if you COULD have been infected the animal most likely would have been showing signs of infection, snarling noises, foaming at the mouth ect. at 6 months you should not have symptoms. i actually saw a guy in the clinic who thought he had rabies 4 years ago, which was impossible since there hasnt been an outbreak since at least 20 years ago (besides the recent one in canada) and as soon as the docotr told him to go home and not worry about it that it was all in his head, well i didnt see him again. i went to the clinic everyday that week for alergy shots a check up and much more and i didnt see him come back. also id like to add that the doctors WOULD NOT miss a case of rabies even if they were deaf and blind folded. so the docotrs missing it ... then he goes home and dies is not possible, becuase family would find the body and it would have been on the news edit: also i guess it depends on where you live.... but im 100% sure your fine, symptoms at 6 months are impossible.
    LymeTime 65 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 11:04 PM
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  • I read one to two months you usually see symptoms.I live in Central East Texas and the animal control said that in my area there hasnt been a case of rabies since 1998 or something like that...I just started worrying because my neck and back hurts and ive had alot of twitching and muscle spasms here and there over the last few months.So do you think I should get a shot or just not worry about it?
    Racing23 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I read one to two months you usually see symptoms. I live in Central East Texas and the animal control said that in my area there hasnt been a case of rabies since 1998 or something like that... I just started worrying because my neck and back hurts and ive had alot of twitching and muscle spasms here and there over the last few months. So do you think I should get a shot or just not worry about it? one to two months for symptoms is POSSIBLE but its unlikely, thats why they keep animals that they suspect to have rabiesin a cage for 9 months, because symptoms show up fairly long after infection. get the shot just to be on the safe side, you never know... there are always weird things happening with disease and you can never know what to suspect. it is always good to be on the safe side rather than taking the risk.
    LymeTime 65 Replies Flag this Response
  • yeah i probably will now that i have insurance. but the symptoms are severe arent they? like to the point where you cant carry yourself somewhere? can anxiety cause these twitches and spasms along with my neck kinks and pains? they arent horrible, more just annoying and makes you aware. i can move my neck fine.
    Racing23 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes stress and anxiety can cause those symptoms, also dont think about rabies. many people think they have an illness, but really... your mind controls your body. it thinks your sick, it MAKES you sick. so see if thats the problem. also if you were getting symptoms of rabies this early in the infection yes id think the symptoms would be pretty bad and you or family would notic something very wrong.
    LymeTime 65 Replies Flag this Response
  • yeah, thats what my research has brought me to think. i still get up and do my 6-1 schooling and work at night. and yea i have encountered my mind thinking im sick then me feeling sick so thats probably the case. i just have to realize that it is mind over matter. it would be a different story if the animal showed bad signs but this one was fine and was climbing around and eating fast. thanks for all of your input!
    Racing23 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • yeah, thats what my research has brought me to think. i still get up and do my 6-1 schooling and work at night. and yea i have encountered my mind thinking im sick then me feeling sick so thats probably the case. i just have to realize that it is mind over matter. it would be a different story if the animal showed bad signs but this one was fine and was climbing around and eating fast. thanks for all of your input! no problem, :D
    LymeTime 65 Replies Flag this Response
  • Don't be silly about this. If you're in doubt about being infected with rabies, go see a doctor and explain your story like you have here. It's not for us on the forum to decide whether or not you might be infected. Only blood tests can do that. Would you rather be safe or sorry? Get tested.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Don't be silly about this. If you're in doubt about being infected with rabies, go see a doctor and explain your story like you have here. It's not for us on the forum to decide whether or not you might be infected. Only blood tests can do that. Would you rather be safe or sorry? Get tested. yeah like i said before, its a blood test.. a blood test that could save your life. also if the blood test coems back neg then you can stop being stressed about it, and if it comes back pos then you get the shot and all is good :) better safe then sorry
    LymeTime 65 Replies Flag this Response
  • so you worry for 6 months, all along, your father who modeled the behavior, has not been concerned at all??? I kind of think you'd be dead by now, but if you are going to worry another 6 months, they say they can test your saliva...and...use your own brain and don't do as your father does...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
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