Telehealth and Living Rural


Deerface HollerIt's been quite a while since I last posted here. Back before our family moved to the country I began having some strange health problems. Weird things would happen, like my fingers would hurt, the knuckles would swell, and then random episodes of fatigue hit. The day that I couldn't get off the floor when lying on a beanbag was the day I went to the emergency room.

Living in a very rural area can lead to problems when you're looking for a family doctor. Qualified physicians can be many miles away. When there is a need for a specialist, you may need to wait for months before you can get in. For example, I am suffering from some sort of autoimmune disorder. We're not sure exactly what. Everything I have read points to Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. My doctor said the same thing, but then the lab reports came back negative on most points.

Lots of tests

Because there are not a lot of places to check for second opinions I checked into a telehealth site. These sites allow people from anywhere in the United States to ask health related questions. The doctors can give advice based on their knowledge and the symptoms of the person asking the question.

It's really frustrating, because every symptom I am experiencing point to Lupus and RA. Other symptoms have been said to resemble those from polymyalgia rhuematica and polymyotis rheumatica. Then we have symptoms of giant cell arteritis. Talk about a fun mix.

Then when I was cleaning out old boxes I found a photograph taken back in 2002. When I lived in Virginia I had been bitten by a tiny deer tick and developed a ring-like rash. The doctors there told me it couldn't be Lyme disease, that Lyme was unheard of in that part of Virginia.

1/24/2014 4:51:12 PM

I live in Connecticut..Lyme Disease Central..You would think the doctors here would be very familiar with the many often unusual symptoms of Lyme Disease, but I'm afraid they are not. My mother became very ill last summer after having been bit by a tick. She lost 50 pounds in two months and became very confused. After a negative blood test for Lyme Disease, I took her to the teaching hospital UCONN where she as successfully diagnosed and treated. She is now back to her old self, but not before going through about $100,000 worth of needless tests. My mother and I live in the country also, but we are close to some of the best hospitals in the country thank goodness..The symptoms need to be shared with all doctors as this disease is spreading and mutating.

11/15/2013 9:17:01 PM

Julie, so sorry to hear about your health issues. It must be a scary thing not knowing exactly what is wrong. Then even more scary to know and not have the proper treatment close enough. This is one of the biggest disadvantages to rural living. I hope and pray that things work out for best for you. ***** Have the best healthy day that you can.

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