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Jennasharp
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PostSun Apr 11, 2021 2:44 pm 
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I just wanted to inform outdoor enthusiasts that are planning outings in Washington State anywhere along the straits of Juan de fuca to use your insect repellent.i contracted Lyme disease in 2009 while visiting the Murdock Creek rec. area. I was officially diagnosed by my primary care provider after I noticed a very odd rash on my legs and my friend spotted a 'bullseye' bite location on the back of my calf. My doctor didn't quite believe that I did in fact contract the ailment but I asked her to test me anyway because I had already googled the subject and was quite sure based on my experience and also I'm the poster child for anything unusual or rare that could happen to someone. I'm posting to his now because I've been researching the long term effects of the disease. Even though I received the proper treatment I was not retested and as I said, I'm the poster child so it may be why I'm experiencing the symptoms of the long term effects. Research shows that the occurance of Lyme disease is for the most part localized to the east coast of the United States, there is a very small area on the West coast of Washington State in the county of Clallam close to lake Crescent and extends out through Joyce, Washington, on out to the straits of Juan De Fuca that has had incidents of the ailment. Trust me, it's true!
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PostSun Apr 11, 2021 3:41 pm 
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Now that Iíve switched to the East Coast, every time I return from a hike I make it a point to check all over for ticks. You have to get them inside 30-48hrs to prevent Lyme disease.

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PostSun Apr 11, 2021 6:33 pm 
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A neighbor of mine was infected with Lyme disease in the '90s.   Had a huge negative effect on her health and general energy.
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PostSun Apr 11, 2021 7:11 pm 
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Lyme disease was named for Lyme, Connecticut, not all that far from where I grew up. It wasn't very well understood and a lot of people had lingering symptoms for years.

From what I've been hearing and reading, it's spread from CT and can be found in pockets in a lot of states now.

Ticks are nasty things.
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PostSun Apr 11, 2021 7:56 pm 
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When we lived in Ottawa we spent an lot of time in upstate New York where Lyme disease was prevelant usually spread by a different deer tick than we have in Wa. We pick up some near Eisenhower Locks on the Saint Lawrence. They did not have it but it was moving into some islands in Lake Ontario. A friend of a friend got it in Maine and was never the same. Lots o Ticks on the North Shore of Lake Crescent. Bad stuff. I had the target mark around a tick bite from Icicle Creek and had to get the penicillin shot.

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PostSun Apr 11, 2021 9:27 pm 
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I have Chronic Lyme Disease. I've spent most of my life on the east coast, with lots of hiking and backpacking. I was initially misdiagnosed and unfortunately the misdiagnosis seemed to be supported by a negative Lyme test result. 6 months, lots of pain, and many doctors later, I went to a Rheumatologist that happened to have done Lyme research and was very familiar with it ... he was immediately suspicious of the initial test results and so had me retested. Sure enough, positive.

Unfortunately, because it just isn't common here in the PNW, I have had no luck finding a doctor who knows anything about treatment since I moved out here. When I need it, my primary has been willing to write the Rx for antibiotics based on my prior treatment. But that's as good as I've been able to get.

Yeah, ticks are nasty.

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PostMon Apr 12, 2021 11:46 am 
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cryptobrian wrote:
Unfortunately, because it just isn't common here in the PNW, I have had no luck finding a doctor who knows anything about treatment since I moved out here.

Last summer I had the unfortunate experience of being bitten by a tick and developing the classic bullseye rash (pretty sure this happened while hiking Rock Mountain near Stevens Pass).  I was referred to Traci Taggart in Seattle.  She is a naturopathic physician who specializes in Lyme disease, came highly recommended, and put me at ease during my one and only visit to her (luckily I seem to have caught it in time and have not needed to schedule another visit).

Not sure how close you are to Seattle, but she might be a good option if it's convenient.

https://evergreencenter.net/dr-traci-taggart/
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PostWed Apr 14, 2021 8:24 am 
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There is a map!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease#/media/File:Lyme_Disease_Risk_Map.gif

Looks like most of western Washington has some risk.

I got bit by a "Lyme tick" at Pt. Reyes, the only place on the west coast where the risk is moderate.  No infection though.  Then I got bit by a tick in Napa County, got an infection and a bullseye.  But not a Lyme disease bullseye, mine was white-red-white not red-white-red.

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