High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.
Interest: general mountaineering/ hiking/ backpacking/ skiing/ kayaking
I got bit by a tick while I was rock climbing about ten years ago at Horne Lk, on Vancouver Island. When I got home I had a burning itchy sensation on my side. Thinking it was a splinter from bushwhacking between bluffs, I yanked it out, only to realize it was a tick and that the head was still buried under my skin.
I went to my doctor to have it cut out. He had no concerns about Lyme Disease. In retrospect, I should have insisted on having tests done. If I ever get bit again, I'll make sure I'm tested.
As to symptoms... I sometimes feel lethargic and unmotivated, sometimes pessimistic and jaded... but then I have always felt that way, even before the bite! OK, this last paragraph is meant as "tongue in cheek", so please no rabid replies.
Bottom line... Get bit by a tick, no mater what the symptoms are, insist that your doctor do tests and more tests.