I think I was bit by a black widow. We have tons of them in the yard and have had for years. Generally, they’re not a problem.
I was cutting saplings that had sprouted from one of our trees. They were tall and entangled with some of the tree’s branches. The spider must have fallen into my shirt.
A few hours later, I felt back pain. I thought maybe I twisted my back while working. My back and hip muscles felt stiff. I took Advil and went to bed.
The next day, the pain was worse. Again, I thought I twisted my back, but I noticed numbness. It was slight, but it radiated from my lower back, across my abdomen toward my belly button, and also down into my hip and even a bit down my leg.
By that night (more than 24 hours later), I noticed there was a rash. When I climbed up on my bathroom counter, it looked like 4 distinct spider bites and a bit of surrounding redness. They seemed to be around where the waistband of my shorts had been.
We’ve had smoke warnings due to wild fires. I’d had trouble breathing. My stomach felt queasy, but U’d been in pain.
I started adding it all up and suspecting a black widow bite.
I’m about 10 days out now. The muscle paralysis is gone. The numbness is mostly gone. The tight chest and queasy feeling gone. At the one week mark, the pain receded to just the bite marks, but intensified. The rash isn’t spreading. It seems slightly better.
Yesterday, the pain felt less deep, but the pain is still intense and nervy. The think I can best liken it to is a bad burn.
Today, the pain still seems less deep, still intense. It comes in waves, sometimes causes a slight muscle spasm. It’s worse at night, super itchy (but painful to scratch). The only thing that seems to give me relief is Advil.
I’ve been looking online to see if I can find others with similar experiences to get a sense of how long I can expect this to last.