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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Scared

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  • Posted By: Scared4me
  • July 16, 2008
  • 07:07 PM

I will try to keep this to the point...

I just found out today that I have been diagnosed through blood test for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It started 4 months ago when I started having these vivid dream almost like I was taking malaria pills. I was exhausted from not gaining the correct level of sleep. After that I began to have migraines which even medicine would not help. I went to the doctor in hopes that he could help. He suggested a sleep study which I didn’t really see as a solution. The next thing I began to feel was joint pains which only grew worse with the weather. After some time of feeling like I had the flu 24/7 and being so tired I needed coffee everyday, I decided it was time to go back to the doctor. About a week ago he ran blood work for many different things that matched the symptoms. Over the past week I began having really bad lower back pains and minor chest pains about once a day. Today I finally recieved a call which confirmed that I had RMSF.

I talked to the doctor today and he gave me a referral to a cardio. He also placed me on antibiotics for a month along with giving me a shot of antibiotics. So this brings me to the scared part... I have had this for months now and everywhere I read it says that it can have long term effects and end in possible fatality. I also read that 70% of all cases end up in the hospital. Do I need to be worried? Should I be going to a hospital? I mean I have no clue what to do and I don’t want this to get worse. Or will I just be okay with antibiotics?


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  • The antibiotics are adequate for treating the disease; you don't need to be in the hospital if you are able to care for yourself at home.It is too early to know what long-term side effects you might have, but first, you should start feeling better. Your doctor was good to refer you to a cardiologist to see if you have developed any heart problems. Keep letting him know about your symptoms, and keep a symptom diary.If you are still concerned, ask to see an infectious disease specialist.
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  • I just got the call today that I am positive for RMSF. My case is very similar to yours. How are u feeling now? Do you still suffer from issues related to this? I too am scared.
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