Do ticks cause Fibromyalgia?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Do ticks cause Fibromyalgia?
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Wed, 07-10-2013 - 8:48am

One of the guys at work recently discovered he had a tick embedded in his head and had to get it removed. Several of the girls think that he is now at risk for Fibromyalgia. I have never heard of such a thing. Is that true?

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Sat, 07-13-2013 - 12:46am

No, but ticks do cause Lyme Disease, which can be mistaken for Fibromyalgia.  If he's concerned, he can go to his doctor and get a blood test to check for Lyme disease.  This is a good website that explains the symptoms, etc. of Lyme disease:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lyme-disease/DS00116/DSECTION=symptoms

I hope that helps. 

Payton

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Registered: 03-19-2012
Wed, 07-17-2013 - 8:46am

If the tick was embedded your friend needs to be treated. He should insist on 21 days of doxycycline from his doctor whether he gets a positive Lyme test or not. Frequently the tests are negative when the antibiotics are most effective. DO NOT let them tell him there is no Lyme Disease is your area because Lyme Disease has been found in all fifty states. I have been dealing with the affects of this insidious disease for more than 20 years because I was not diagnosed and treated for more than 4 years. It can ruin your life. Get treatment now. Also see www.lymediseaseassociation.org

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 1:50am

That is a very good point; it is important to be treated right away.  There are other diseases caused by ticks as well, so any time you find a tick on you, you should see your doctor.  This is an article about tick bites causing a beef allergy, of all things.  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324634304578537203916053308.html

And a list of all the diseases you can get from ticks.  It's a little scary to think you can get so sick and even die from something as small as a tick, but then the Plague was spread by fleas and took out a huge portion of the population.

http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/