Patient Comments: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Prognosis

Please describe your experience with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Comment from: Doug, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 10

I found a tick on my lower leg by the knee, and this bite itched for almost a month. During this same time I came down with a chest cold and the family doctor gave me some medications, I said something about the tick bite, but she blew it off. About 4 weeks later while being seen by a skin doctor for a checkup, I asked about this bite that still itched. She sent me for a blood test to check for any tick problems, 3 days later they called and said I had Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and have started me on medication. I never showed any signs, so I hope I am ok; but then today I removed yet another tick, crazy.

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Comment from: 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 17

Rocky Mountain spotted fever hit my almost-two-year-old baby after contact with a neighbor's dog which was highly infested with the rock ticks and the actual dog ticks. The bitten part became reddish and later he developed fever which we thought was malaria. Medical tests never discovered the plasmodium (malaria parasite) in him. The fever became so bad that temperatures rose to 49.7 degrees Celsius and convulsion started. It was terrible. We did not think of the tick bite as the cause. But three months later the ticks bit him again as he was playing on the veranda with the same dog, I found some ticks on his body, alas! Then he later developed a similar fever and then we realized that it was because of the ticks and so we informed the doctor who gave him proper treatment, so he did not stay long in the admission.

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Comment from: Ali Cats, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever just a few days ago and now am taking doxycycline. I am looking for something to relieve the severe forehead pain. I don't want prescription pain medications if I can avoid them.

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Comment from: Arkansas, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 19

On Oct. 11, 2011, I was diagnosed with RMSF, three days after tick bites. I had the antibiotics. Four months later with continuing symptoms, I was diagnosed as having polymyalgia rheumatic, then "leaking edema of legs," pink eyes (ointment did not help), nauseated frequently, IC (interstitial cystitis), no bacteria, and frequent bruising of arms with no injury. Now I sleep with oxygen because of low oxygen on Saturday when I was sleeping. I think it is the aftermath of RMSF.

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