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North Dakota Online Lyme Support is a virtual meeting place and source for information and emotional support for people with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases living in North Dakota. People who move to North Dakota from another state may develop late symptoms from a tick-borne disease they acquired somewhere else.

Ticks in North Dakota can carry several different diseases. The American dog tick, or wood tick, is the most common one found in ND. They do not carry Lyme disease, but are the main carrier of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in the midwestern states.

If the tick that bites you is infected with Lyme, it can inject the bacteria into your bloodstream within a few hours of attachment. If you don't notice the tick, infection will occur in almost 100%. The bacteria can invade your brain in less than 24 hours. Early symptoms often include headache, fever, aches and pains - in other words, a flu-like illness.

These early signs can clear up on their own, but the disease can come back weeks or months later, affecting the brain and nervous system, heart, joints and other organs. Symptoms may be misdiagnosed as other illnesses.

Doctors often prefer more familiar diagnoses like chronic fatigue, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, or mental illness - all Lyme disease mimics. Too strict interpretation of insensitive tests leaves many people in a diagnostic limbo, getting sicker and without proper treatment.

State statistics may reflect as few as one in 40 diagnosed cases. Doctors recognize and diagnose only a fraction of the actual cases. Anyone who suspects s/he might have a tick-borne illness should visit www.lymedisease.org for more information.

DISCLAIMER: Information posted on this site is the opinion of the author(s)alone and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical advice regarding the treatment of any symptoms or disease. You should obtain medical advice of your personal physician before pursuing any treatment mentioned here.

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  • Lyme Disease
  • Apr 15, 2008
  • English

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