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Tetanus!??! :'( Someone please respond...
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:06:25 PM »
I am freaking out!
I am convinced that I have contracted Tetanus  :(
My son ran into me with the grocery cart while we were at the store on February 1st.
He hit the back of my left ankle...it caused an ugly scrape that stung for days and it's getting better now.
(I never really cleansed the wound, because I didn't think it was that bad, but I took a shower a few hours later)
But, I started having these weird spasm/trembling/shakes in that same leg that I got the cut.....and only that one over the last 3-4 days.
At first I just thought...it's just my anxiety.
But, now I think it's Tetanus!
My muscles have begun to feel sore, mostly in my legs and butt, over the last couple of days, but I have been trying to stay on my feet most of the day, instead of laying around like I've done for the last few years.
I've been feeling extremely tired and weak out of nowhere, but I haven't been sleeping well, and I've been getting headaches, but it is that time of the month for me....
I am so terrified because the shaky spasm thing with my leg has been happening more and more.....and I haven't had my tetanus vaccine since I was 15, and I am 35.
It's been 6 days already.....is it too late to get the vaccine?
I want to cry.....so bad  :traurig001:

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Re: Tetanus!??! :'( Someone please respond...
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 11:20:25 PM »
Tetanus does not present that way, with what you are describing.
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Re: Tetanus!??! :'( Someone please respond...
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 11:36:14 PM »
But, what about the more localized form of Tetanus?

I know all of this sounds silly, but I'm terrified and my family is blowing me off   :(

But, if it were tetanus my leg wouldn't be trembling/shaky, right?
It would be more of an actual full blown spasm???
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Re: Tetanus!??! :'( Someone please respond...
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 11:56:51 PM »
Let me explain something....

This is why I began to wonder about all of this:

I have been having these shaky leg issues over the last 3-4 days....where it feels like when you workout your muscles to the point of fatigue and they become shaky and weak.
I've also been having major breathing issues over the last about 4-5 days.
And I've been irritable, and getting headaches....

Well, a few hours ago, I was laying down, barefoot, with my legs crossed at the ankle.
I kept feeling my wound, which has a scab, so I uncrossed them, and the leg with the wound started feeling as if it was getting that "stretchy leg syndrome" feeling, I took a deep breath (because I'm having breathing issues at the moment), and my leg jerked around crazy...spasmed out for a second.
This happened a few times and that is what got me to start freaking out.

I live in Texas....in the US....and the CDC says that there have only been 6 reported cases in the past 5 years here....and it was last updated in December of 2013.
So, I know it's extremely rare...but I am still so very terrified.
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Re: Tetanus!??! :'( Someone please respond...
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 12:10:38 AM »
Did your scrape bleed? Tetanus thrives on unoxygenated wounds. Since you have a scab, it sounds like oxygen and blood formed thus essentially negating any chance of tetanus.

The vaccine does nothing after the fact. You would need the immunoglobulin shot. Even that sounds unnecessary. I totally get you are worried and panicked, but it sounds like you are just fine.

You need to realize that anxiety preys on your fears. Your brain is telling you tetanus so you are having symptoms that make you think you actually have it when in actuality you most likely got scraped by a cart.

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Re: Tetanus!??! :'( Someone please respond...
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 12:20:06 AM »
I have a thin scab....it didn't really bleed, I don't think, because I never had to clean it or anything.
There wasn't even blood on my sock (it was a "no show" sock).
That's what worries me.
As a matter of fact, it was like skin was rubbed off the very back of my ankle, like where you get blisters from wearing bad shoes, and it was the size of an eraser head, but it was very red.
It stung like the skin was being pulled off.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2014, 12:24:46 AM »
Regardless of bleeding, it sounds like it got oxygen and it was not a deep puncture wound so you sound clear of tetanus. Also the fact that you showered later helped clean the wound which helps tremendously.


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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2014, 12:31:27 AM »
Thank you so much for your response!
What you said has calmed me some  :yes:
Now, I'm going to try not to think about it and see what happens.....hopefully I'll be able to.
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2014, 12:48:36 AM »
Glad to help! Focus on the scripture in your signature. Peace to you!
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