I am a 32 year old female, work at a vets office. about 1.5 weeks ago I was scratched by a cat. About 2 days after that I noticed a bump in my scratch, then another, and then another.. within 4 days I had several bumps inside my scratch and going up my arms. I had a mild constant headache.
Got in to see the Doc 1 week after the scratch.
I was given zythromax (4 500 mg pills to take at once) and blood work was done (CBC, RPR, EDR and Bartonella). Within 2 days I was in so much joint and muscle pain in my knees that it was hard to bend my knees or put pressure on them.. I was walking around like Michelan Man! I called back to get blood results..
Everything was normal, the Bartonella was right on the line from being abnormal. I can't recall what the normal level is, but let's say normal is anything under 465, I was 465! Yet I am having all this pain and my rash is spreading?
I went back to Dr. in a week.. He gave me more zythromax and added doxycycline, ibuprophen 800, something for the itch (which it doesn't itch much but it is sore).
He thinks perhaps it is something else.
My joint and muscle pain is now in my elbows, lower neck, knees and it feels like my bones right under my knees are sore, not a muscular ache, more deep.
My rash has spread to my neck, legs, fingers and more on my arms.
They are start out looking like a light red bump that becomes blister like, then the center sinks in making the bump look like a crater, nothing comes out.
Some bumps will develop cluters of blisters that will eventually come together to form a larger single crater.
They don't hurt, they don't really itch, and when I do touch them, they are sore.. I am thinking that when I am feeling the need to itch, it may be more coming on that gives me that tingle feeling.
It is going on 2 weeks since the cat scratch. No fever, no swollen lymph nodes.
My symptoms today are, weakness, pain in knees and elbows, I actually heard a clicking sound in my right knee earlier and it was painful when it clicked, like something was jammed in there and moving in and out of the joint as I bent my knees..
Also, my Dr said he had tests run for joint swelling? And it was normal..
This last request for blood work, yesterday 12-11-06, had MANY items listed.. I wish I had the time to write them all down.. but they were actually quick to get me into the lab for a change.. :D
Any ideas or points in some directions would be nice to mention to my Dr...
4 days after cat scratch, you will be able to notice the scratchs in these photos from the lineup of lesions:
1 week later, same arm, larger bumps and more bumps
Left Arm: You can see some clustering as well as some new bumps
Close up of blisters/bumps, whatever you want to call them:
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