The pain in my left elbow woke me early in the morning. As the day progressed it went from the middle of my bicep down to my wrist and the arm was not usable. I could see a bite mark on the inside of my elbow and I convinced myself that a spider had gotten me.
Not much to do about it as antibiotics are not neccessary and I’m not fond of them anyway.
After a few days the stiffness and pain left my arm and hit my legs: left far worse than the right. The leg swelled so much and hurt so bad that walking was a problem. This lasted about three weeks and finally went down enough that I could move about.
I remained convinced about the spider bite but as time went on I knew that no spider venom was this toxic. As the swelling went down, my leg veins appeared, they were all swollen and knarly.
About 12 weeks into this I became convinced that this was no spider. Then my wife heard someone talking about West Nile Virus.
Symptoms & Treatment
No symptoms in most people. Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.
Febrile illness in some people. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
Severe symptoms in a few people. Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).
- The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.
- People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease are also at greater risk for serious illness.
- Recovery from severe disease may take several weeks or months. Some of the neurologic effects may be permanent.
- About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.
- No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve some symptoms
- In severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.
I have equipment that I use in my practice and I tested myself. Sure enough I tested for it. I was getting the nasty symptoms. I’m sure all this was exacerbated by my recent hospital visit for a urinary tract infection. Took antibiotics for the first time in 40 years.
No treatment in medicine but there is in homeopathy by using the nodsode: A remedy prepared from the virus itself. Big track record for this during the epidemic disease outbreaks of the mid 1800’s. I got the nosode and and within 2 hours I got a fever. The remedy turned on my immune system and the healing began. But this thing is whole body and it’s going to take a few weeks to clear it.