Dee Jones asked the Naked Scientists:
My internal specialist and rhuemy have been questions the affects that antivenom can cause.
In 1999, I was put through months of testing, and was told that I had fibromyalgia. Not wanting just to take one doctors word, my doctor suggested I get a second opinion. I was sent to the Mayo Clinic in Cleveland Oh..where I was told that they were correct.
Over the years I have tried drugs, among drugs to help with the chronic fatigue, pain, etc. Also, over the years I have developed bursitius, RA, inflammatory arthritis, and have had numerous other medical problems to the point where I became disabled and had to quit work.
At that time, I averaged about 4-5 - what I would call - good days where I could function and do some things.
On July 4,2009 I was in my backyard in Florida and was bitten by a pigmy rattlesnake.
Backing up, at that time I was 59 years old and weighed about 118 lbs. After getting to the hospital (the EMT's here told me to put ice on it, take an aspirin, and elevate it because the snake was gone and they assumed it was a black snake) I was immediately taken to ICU, where at the end of 5 days I had 28 vials of antivenin.
I was told by poison control that I was lucky to live and to have kept my foot.
Anyway, my question to you is: are there any statistics out there or does anyone know the side effects of having such a large dose of antivenin? Since then my health has completely depleted. The pain is severe, my bones have degerated, I continue to loose weight, I'm down to 95 lbs, etc. Any info you could give me on this would be great!
Thanks so much and God Bless!
What do you think?