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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 28, 2006
  • 08:43 PM

After 7 months of misdiagnosis and non-diagnosis, I just found out I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I originally presented with swollen lymph nodes in my groin, a fever, aches, and other flu symptoms. The week before I had pulled a bunch of ticks off my hip. The HMO doctor somehow ruled out tick-borne diseases, and after an ultrasound, I ended up having surgery to remove the swollen lymph nodes. Several months later I had new swellings and lots of pain from lymphadema and no energy whatsoever. My doctor kept saying it was probably a virus and would run it's course. I finally bit the bullet and paid out of pocket for a non-HMO doctor who did bloodwork. I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Epstein-Barr Virus, and Gilbert's Syndrome (benign, but makes me kind of yellow). Now I'm on 2 months of Doxicylene (spelling?) and although I still feel terrible, at least I know what's wrong and my husband knows I'm not just a hypochondriac.

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