Patient Comments: Q Fever - Experience

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Please describe your experience with Q fever. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Dalla, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

While hunting with my husband in Nevada, we accidentally camped for two nights in close proximity to a dead deer and cow. Two months later I had started coughing every morning, then two more months after that, I was diagnosed with pneumonia. Four more months later I was sent to a pulmonary specialist who diagnosed me with chronic Q fever. Then 3 months after that, I was finally given the needed medicines. Nine months now I have suffered random terrible headache, nausea, dyspepsia, deep muscle, joint and back pain, night sweats, and photosensitivity! I am still having tremendous upper leg pain to where I cannot bend or walk and have fatigue on a daily basis. It is now chronic.

Comment from: Lori, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

About 3 weeks after a sustained bite from a deer tick I developed serious muscle pain in my legs just above the knee. With no one aware of the positive Q fever, I was treated with pain killers to no avail. Negative twice for Lyme disease, I insisted on proactive medicines for Lyme at the time of the second test. By the time I got tested for Q fever I'd already started receiving the medicines needed and was improving. Prior to the antibiotics I was almost disabled, could barely walk, or bend. This happened in fall, a tick so tiny. They call them winter ticks and our land is wooded with grassy areas frequented by deer, mice, etc. We live in northern Wisconsin. No other symptoms other than one swollen lymph node, but incredibly painful joints connected to the long bones of my body.

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