Doxycycline for rocky mountain spotted fever

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My husband developed what we thought was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (rickettsial bacteria carried by dog ticks)in early June and was very sick for 3 weeks. He was a textbook case...fever, then a spotted rash that started on extremities and went all over including palms and soles of feet, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, loss of appetite, swelling of hands, feet, face, symptoms of meningitis.
I know you started your post around mid 2007. Just in case you ever check the site again after so long I was hoping to hear how you were feeling. I have been unable to work for eight months now due to RMSF. It's driving me nutts because no doctor has been able to give me any relief. I have always been in good shape and never sick untill this. I have a job but my body will not let me do it. I'm a 48 year old man in a 88 yrar old mans body. So let me hear some good news.
In my non medical opinion this could very well be a co-infection of Lyme disease which is just like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever called Bartonella. Most of us did not ever get the round rash that most mainstream doctors say you should get from a tick bite. Swollen lymph nodes, joint pain and stiffness , confusion, fatigue are a sign of Lyme and bartonella. I have both of those illnesses too plus another co-infection called Babesia which is like Malaria.
We waited for about 1 1/2 weeks when they finally called and said that the test was border line positive for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I was put on Doxycycline, I think, for ten days. I did not take the medicane correctly though for I took with food for the first 4 days and did not take it at least 1 hour before food. Last weekend, I was at a scout camp in Kansas near KC, working out in the sun again in tall grass for 1/2 day.
I had human parvovirus not quite 2 years ago and recently had rocky mountain spotted fever. I feel like I was hit by a truck. achey, SEVERE headaches, multiple joint swellings and pains, severe sleep disturbance. I took doxycycline for 2.5 weeks, but headaches are slowly creeping back in severity. I also have huge photo sensitivity that started with parvo, went away some, but is now reactivated. It almost feels like the parvo has been reactivated. My parvo titer is high but as a past infection.
I was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and have to take Doxycycline and flatly, I have been directed to stop the flatly after 4 weeks and am only taking doxycycline now. I have acid reflux I can not stop the medication what should I do to treat it, Dr gave me prilosec, is there something??
Also, I read on another site about four other tick diseases, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, Anaplasmosis and Babsesia. Has your dog been tested for these? Good Luck.
Such a profile, in addition to Lyme disease also includes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Ehrlichiosis (Anaplasma) and possibly Babesia as well. RMSF in particular can cause FUO as well as polyarthritis. You did mention licking and there was a reason to aspirate all those joints. Serology can rule out RMSF. At this point there are so many variables, response to therapies may well be the key to the problem.
She was hospitalized for almost 3 weeks where she got treatment for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Kawasaki disease which were both ruled out after treatment. Diskitis is out as well thru an MRI, bone marrow was normal. Her pediatrician thinks she has some kind of Juvenile Arthritis but two Rheumatologists (one from Wake Forest the other from Duke) do not think that's what she has.
In rickettsial infections, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis, patients of all ages should receive doxycycline to prevent severe morbidity and mortality. The CDC warned that delaying treatment until test results are in is "highly contraindicated." Other broad-spectrum antibiotics are ineffective at treating such conditions." CDC: Cut Back on Doxycycline Use By Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: June 14, 2013 http://tinyurl.
We recently had a friend (who lives on acreage) come down with RMSF symptoms, very high fever, bad headache and when the rash showed up...he FINALLY went to the urgent care. They did a test for RMSF, but gave him doxycycline anyway because they said it would take a while to get the results back. He did get better, but never heard if his test was positive.
Also what kind of prevention I could take to prevent diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to name a few. There is also the outside chance a camp would be in Western Canada, which I would carry the same risk as in the US.
went to acute care, doctor did bloodwork, came back positive for Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. Doctor called me in to the office and prescribed Doxycycline immediately. Went to an infectious disease specialist 4 days later and he discontinued the antibiotics. does this sound reasonable? I'm very concerned and confused at this point. I've never had severe, classic symptoms of the disease. No fever at all. Any help would be appreciated.
You might want to go back to your doctor and have blood cultures done and another lyme test or rocky mountain spotted tick fever test done. It is possible that you still have lyme disease or that you have developed something else. Please see your doctor again if you are still not feeling well. And do not accept "i dont know" as an answer. If you have to, see another doctor for a second opinion. They can be lifesaving.
I am having a bit of a problem getting my little dog firmly on the road to recovery. She was recently diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (aka Rickettsia). She has seen her vet several times, and received two baytril injections, as well as a B-12 shot. She's on anti-biotics (doxycycline) for the Rickettsia. And the vet thinks she'll make a full recovery. Her problem is anemia, and a bad appetite. And the vet did say this was a result of the Rickettsia.
Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. A therapeutic trial with the antibiotic, doxycycline may also be beneficial.
rash (erythema migrans) - a circle or ring of inflamed skin surrounding the initial tick bite) or papular (raised) rash, fever, malaise, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint aches in large joints, sore throat, sinus infection, paralysis - usually associated with Lyme meningitis or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Traditional treatment of acute Lyme disease usually consists of a minimum two-week to one-month course of antibiotics, preferably doxycycline.
Recently, however, Rhipicephalus saguineus was found to be the vector involved in an outbreak of RMSF in Arizona. The cayenne tick (Amblyomma cajennense) is a common vector for Rocky Mountain spotted fever from Texas through South America. Ticks capable of transmitting Rocky Mountain spotted fever are all three host ticks. With the three host ticks the larval and nymphal stages of the tick will feed on small- or medium-sized mammals such as mice.
Generally this bacteriostatic medication (it inhibits bacterial growth by interfering with protein synthesis and thus microbial reproduction) are used against (but not limited too) Chlamydia species that cause specific ailments in cats and dogs, Haemobartonella, Bartonella, and the rickettsiae, one of which causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. There is an unfortunate side effect with this drug of vomiting and nausea, which is probably why your cat needs six small wet food meals a day.
I can't find anyone who can both identify AND give appropriate testing to this tick, like, ASAP. If a person had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever let's say, well, that's less common but it can kill, and kill faster than lyme. There's really no time for sending a tick to one place for ID, then another to test it..as the woman at Stonybrook U told me, by that time you'd have symptoms anyway. I read about how the medical community is split. I tried contacting an LLMD near NYC.
I was just diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I recall a very bad bite last summer. I showed it to my doctor. He did not seem concerned about it. I had no idea it could be a tick bite I guess that is when it happened. I have been very sick for a year. I have been thru IVIG injections because I had two low IGG subclasses. I had a friend that was in really bad shape and finally found out she had lyme disease.
I was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. At the time of the diagnosis I had no fever. I am so thankful for the neurologists that ran the lyme test. However, you can have lyme and the test come back negative. I got some relief when my doctor gave me doxycycline. I at least thought I was going to live at that point! Because it took so long for them to diagnos me with lyme i now suffer from chronic lyme but keep it under control with herbs and vitamins.
Erlichia canis, babesia, hemobartonella, histoplasmosis, leishmaniasis, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to name a few. It can also be caused by some medications, toxins, even vaccines. Had your dog been vaccinated recently? Non-infectious causes include ideopathic (which means the cause is unknown), heridtary, or secondary to other auto-immune diseases such as Lupus. It can also be caused bone marrow problems such as myeloproliferative disorder or bone marrow cancer.
The vet did a panel and it came back as level 513 for rocky mountain spotted fever. But she is having pain in her back end like it could be something else. I don't know. I am so confused. Vet said initially he thought it was a slipped disc. Have been on doxycycline for two weeks and there has been no improvement. Gotten worse.
Since she is already taking Doxycycline your vet does not really have to test for tick borne diseases, such as Lyme, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Anaplasmosis. Tramadol, the pain medication, can also be used with Prednisone, and may help you lower the prednisone dose. Try to keep her weight down by reducing her food intake, and by giving her carrots, celery, and other non-starchy vegetables. I know this is difficult because Prednisone causes a voracious appetite.
The first 2 were on the same day so we took him to the vet and after blood work found Lyme/Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. He was immediately started on Doxycycline which he has had twice a day for the past month. He is still taking the meds for another 2 weeks. We thought these tick issues were the cause of the seizures but he had another 2 nights ago. Is it possible that this tick issue could still be the cause even though he has been on meds?
I also have every symptom mentioned in the first post as well as positive IgM P23 ab, yet was told that I need at least 2 positive bands to be considered positive for Lyme. I was also positive for Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and the IgM antibodies even today continue to increase on my labs. I have been on 3 courses of doxycycline for one month each and although I feel better while taking it, the symptoms typically return soon after.
So, I saw my neurologist for the third time last week, following my second MRI, and he said that my MRI results were of no concern, and that the pineal cyst was "stable" (meaning it hadn't grown). He was very concerned about my hospital visit, however, which made me pleased (since I wasn't planning on talking about it much since I didn't think he would care if he couldn't explain what happened).
Lyme disease is not likely. The rash of lyme disease is a confluent rash called erythema migrans. Rocky mountain spotted fever also caused by a tick is a possibility, especially if you live on the east coast. Both of these conditions would also present with a fever and extensive arthralgias (joint pain) and fatigue. While there are tests to rule out lyme disease, there is not a cost effective nor widely available one for RMSF.
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention think the men were infected by lone star ticks, meaning that there may be a frightening new addition to the list of tick-borne dangers that includes Lyme disease, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But despite scouring the countryside, investigators have found neither ticks nor animals carrying the new virus. They have named it the Heartland virus, for the hospital and region where it was found.
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