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Old 05-02-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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So yesterday after working out, I go to shower and notice a weird dark speck above my hip. Yep, turned out to be a tick. Luckily, it was young, not engorged and pulled off very easily. Just left a pink spot the size of a hive. I think it got on me Monday afternoon from gardening.

Now I have the hibbie jibbies. I wound up calling this Nurseline through my insurance - the nurse said I should be ok since I caught it early and just be on the look out for the rash and flu like symptoms for a month. I called my doctor for a second opinion and the nurse there wanted to go the whole 9 yards with blood tests, antibiotics, etc. She sure changed her tune real quick when mentioned I'm on a high deductible plan and then told me the same thing as the nurseline.
I think I just witnessed the American medical scam today.

Anyway, anyone have any tick stories to share? Maybe I'll feel a little better, or not...

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Old 05-02-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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Ladies, cover your eyes for this one. Ok, I warned you.

When I was 15 I discovered a tick on my penis during gentleman's time. Took a little bit of penis skin with him when I pulled him off.

Other than embarrassment and having to wait for the wound to heal, no other ill effects.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:47 PM   #3
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Ladies, cover your eyes for this one. Ok, I warned you.

When I was 15 I discovered a tick on my penis during gentleman's time. Took a little bit of penis skin with him when I pulled him off.

Other than embarrassment and having to wait for the wound to heal, no other ill effects.
Penis with a tick... nm, I can't top that, or want to.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:47 PM   #4
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Do you know what kind of tick it was? Deer ticks (really small ones) are known to carry Lyme disease, while dog ticks (bigger, darker ones) usually don't carry anything nasty, but can still cause infection. If it was a deer tick, I'd get the Lyme blood test. My daughter has had Lyme disease and it also killed the original Gingerdawg (our Gloden Retriever).
Google deer tick images.
Also, be on the lookout for a circular brown bruise like rash around the bite. (looks like a archery target)
Google lyme rash images.

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
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FYI a friend of mine had lyme disease when he was younger. Sounds like a horrible experience. I know someone else who had it as well and was much worse off.

I'm not trying to scare you, but it's worth the test IMO. Lots of people get it and hardly have any symptoms too.

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Does early detection help at all though? If he finds out he has lyme right now, can he dodge the bullet?

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I'm not trying to scare you, but it's worth the test IMO. Lots of people get it and hardly have any symptoms too.
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It doesn't hurt to get checked out but I am a tick magnet, and knock on wood, have yet to have a problem.

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I went camping a few weekends ago and now less than a dozen ticks on my shins and one on my stomach...It was a terrible experience.

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I think it was a deer tick. The general consensus of what I have found on the net and talking to a co-worker who had a deer tick is to be on the look out for symptoms for the next month. The doctor's office was mainly pushing me to get a physical. It sounds like I have to wait a month anyway for a blood test to be accurate - they just really wanted to schedule me in to ensure $$$$$$

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:24 PM   #10
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I am going camping this weekend in an area that's supposed to have a lot of deer ticks. I am stocking up on insect repellent as I type this.

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