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post #16 of (permalink) Old 03-29-2011, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Update on Lyme Disease from the Vancouver Sun. What they neglect to say is that infected ticks are more common in BC that they state.

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertai...329/story.html
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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.

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If you ever decide to camp on the Cheakamus River, Paradise Valley, at the base of the dirt road up to Starvation Lake watch out for ticks! I've picked up a tick there the last two years straight.

Not sure if I picked up anything from the buggers, a 24hr clinic doctor who spelled Tick 'tic' on his diagnosis and asked if the stinger was still in me seemed to think I was okay for Lyme disease. It would be good to know of any specialists in the lower mainland who would give better diagnosis/monitoring advice.

I've still got very faint scars at both bite locations, no rash developed though. Only irritation came from the first time when I let 4 inebriated friends try to burn, twist and salt the tick out of my stomach. Pretty sure I broke the head of the second tick off in my armpit, trying a self surgery in my truck rear-view..I dug around with my tweezers until I got the head bits out from under my skin.
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post #19 of (permalink) Old 03-31-2011, 07:48 PM
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When I was a kid, I grew up for part of my childhood in Virginia and there were ticks everywhere. Remedies for getting them out of your skin were many, from using kerosene, to unscrewing counter-clockwise, to using heat. Being bad boys, we smoked and our favorite method was to hold the lit end of a cigarette to the backside of the tick, until it backed out. After the blood filled tick was on the ground, we would take a magnify glass and pinpoint the sun on the tick until it boiled and popped. Yup... bad boys! Now a days, I don't smoke and I'd let the tick go. All God's creatures have a place and purpose

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If possible, try not to get the head of the tick stuck in your skin. It's best to get the tick to a lab and see if it's infected with Lyme. The testing for Lyme disease on humans are so difficult so it's best to test the bug.

Following the Globe and Mail articles are comments from people, most of who had Lyme disease and how the system failed them.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1964319/
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Ticks can be found in most areas of BC.

I have a sister in law, nephew and niece who have all contracted lymes disease, including chronic Lyme disease. (All contracted in the Okanagan Area). There are worse problems in coastal areas such as around hope and abbotsford.

Doctors are now discovering it is not just Lyme's that you have to worry about. There are other bacterias and they can take years of strong antibiotic treatments to cure.

The biggest issue is that the symptoms look like other diseases (including chronic fatigue syndrome).

BC doctors are years behind in the detection and treatment of Lyme's disease. Because of that, my family members have to go to doctors down in Seattle and pay large amounts of money.

Why is it that Washington has reported cases up to the border with BC but BC doctors won't acknowledge cases? Maybe the ticks are good law abiding citizens and won't cross without a passport.

Having seen the effect of these diseases on children I hope for the sake of others in the future that BC health starts getting their act together.

My wife has done more research on the subject and is planning to write up something comprehensive for my blog. I'll let you know for those who might be interested.
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