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Freaked out about rabies.. need help

willtyler

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So on May 26th 2018, I was bit by a 1 year old Male German Shepherd on the foot and it hurt pretty bad. He punctured my foot in two spots. I washed it right away and went to hospital the next day. Doctor said it was infected and gave me antibiotics. After 7 days the swelling and redness went away, and we got rid of the shepherd. Around 13 days I started to feel weird. I usually have headaches everyday, but these are worse. I feel nauseous all the time, fatigue, sore throat, a lot of saliva, slight pain on the leg he bit me on (left foot) which is scaring me, and my right hand hurts really bad, like carpal tunnel almost. I just started to do research and found out these are all rabies symptoms. (I still have most of these symptoms, about 4 weeks after the bite)

I have been a hypochondriac for a year or so now, and have had anxiety for a few years. The Shepherd bit me because I have a 8 month old male husky and they were fighting over food, they fought a few times pretty bad, and after breaking it up the last time is when he bit me, and we got rid of the dog. The owner said he got his shot 9 months ago but doesn’t know if it’s “good”. The vet he went too won’t give me information and haven't clarified if the dog did indeed have it's rabies shot or not, and the cops said they'd figure it out but haven't. The guy who have us the Shepherd was trying to get rid of him because he was to our busy and was never home. 12 days after I was bit he gave the dog to one of his friends, and I haven’t been able to contact him. So I know the Shepherd has been alive 12 days after the bite at least. I went to two doctors and they said I probably don’t have rabies, but no one has done any tests on me, and I still have yet to see PROOF that the dog has it's rabies shot. I have a baby on the way in 2 months and I’m 21 years old. I can’t die and I’m freaking out everyday. I know when I think about symptoms it makes them worse, so I’m trying to convince myself it’s that. But I need help. I want to get the rabies shot, but i've read at this point it's too late, and every second I just wanna go to the hospital and tell them to help me.
 

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Sorry that you had been bitten. It’s certainly not a nice experience.
I had been bitten by a German shepherd myself in the leg. Granted I was 9 at the time, but you still can see the scar.
When you had the dog, was it afraid of water to the extend that if was not even able to drink anything?
That’s one of the main symptoms of rabies. Another one is numbness around the bit area, which comes within the first 24 to 48 hours.
The dog is fine and still alive, believe me you would have noticed if he had rabies, you would by now also suffer from servere water phobia to the extend that you would almost die of thirst.
I’m not too sure in which country you are living, but rabies is almost extinct in most countries in domesticated animals.
Here in the uk they don’t even bother vaccinating against rabies anymore, only if you want to go to continental Europe you need to do it.
As far as i know, rabies vaccination is mandatory in the USA, because there are more wild animal cases.
To be honest, you might make yourself so stressed that you are having more painful headaches.
Also don’t underestimate this time of the year with its summer flu.
 

willtyler

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Sorry that you had been bitten. It’s certainly not a nice experience.
I had been bitten by a German shepherd myself in the leg. Granted I was 9 at the time, but you still can see the scar.
When you had the dog, was it afraid of water to the extend that if was not even able to drink anything?
That’s one of the main symptoms of rabies. Another one is numbness around the bit area, which comes within the first 24 to 48 hours.
The dog is fine and still alive, believe me you would have noticed if he had rabies, you would by now also suffer from servere water phobia to the extend that you would almost die of thirst.
I’m not too sure in which country you are living, but rabies is almost extinct in most countries in domesticated animals.
Here in the uk they don’t even bother vaccinating against rabies anymore, only if you want to go to continental Europe you need to do it.
As far as i know, rabies vaccination is mandatory in the USA, because there are more wild animal cases.
To be honest, you might make yourself so stressed that you are having more painful headaches.
Also don’t underestimate this time of the year with its summer flu.
No, the dog didn't act like it had rabies what so ever. But I heard it can take 10-60 days to see symptoms in the dog, and I haven't seen the dog in 3 weeks, all I know is that the dog was still healthy and alive 13 days after the bite. I live in the USA, I actually live in Milwaukee, where the first person was to survive rabies actually haha. "The Milwaukee Protocol"

But I just am terrified I have it. Some people say you would of seen symptoms by now, others say it can take up to 3 months.. and every day I just think.. "will i be afraid to drink water today" etc..

But thank you for your response, it really does help <3
 
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there is something called the observation period if the animal is healthy and alive after those 10 something days. you should be fine
 
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