I was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever on May 7. I had been feeling like I was fighting something for about 1-2 weeks before that. Never a fever. No rash. We have been covered in ticks and I suspected Lyme's not RMSF! So I asked for the blood work to be done. The Dr. said he would have just thought I was fighting the latest bug, so he is thankful I asked for the test. I did start treating myself naturally for bacterial infection when I started feeling ill. I've never felt horrible, just yuck with muscle issues. My Dr. is not familiar with dealing with this disease and hasn't started antibiotics. I feel very well now. Here's the dilemma: The health dept. says to get on the antibiotics, friends say antibiotics, books and websites say antibiotics. It's been a month since my last tick. I feel like I'm well. But there's 2 phases to the illness and I can't find info on the time frame, especially the second phase! Here's what I have read from the health dept.: Case fatality rate untreated 13-25%. Risk factors associated with more severe disease and death include delayed antibiotic therapy (me) and patient over 40 years. Absence or delayed appearance of typical rash (me) or failure to recognize it contribute to delay in diagnosis and increased fatality. It says to not even wait for a clinical diagnosis to start treatment. But at the same time says not to treat preventively because that will just delay the onset of the disease. I am 32 years old and pretty darn healthy. I am breastfeeding two babies and that is a consideration with the intense antibiotics they recommend. We treat our family naturally at least 98% of the time. We have had a couple of serious life threatening situations where hospitals were required. I'm not opposed to medical treatment if it's needed. The fear of the unknown is what has me questioning. I can't find anyone who has personally dealt with this to tell me a sort of a time line. My Dr. said he was not recommending the antibiotics because symptomatically I had seemed to be doing better. But he also said he was trying to learn about this disease at the same time. The health dept. said to start the antibiotics and she didn't want to discuss that I had treated myself naturally. Sorry for such length, just trying to state my situation. Any info or pointers would be super appreciated! Blessings, Amy J.