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pencilbeckett
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/2/2008 1:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All
 
Just thought i would tell you my story and see if it is familiar. In March 2001 following losing a baby at 22 weeks pregnant and having surgery and a blood transfusion i started having very strange symptoms they all came out of the blue with a dizzy spell and palpitations starting the whole thing off then the following persisting symptoms started:
Pressure feeling in head
tinnitus
tingling/crawling sensation
burning feelings on skin that would move around
visual snow blurred vision
dizzyness
pin prick pain sensations
aching in muscles and joints that moves around
really bad muscle twitching especially in calves after exercise
 
I have probably missed some symptoms. Anyway i went to the doctor and was phobbed off with stress a few times then finally had a ct head and lumbar puncture all ok. Then phobbed off again. These symptoms have carried on for years and have flared up and down but never disappeared. in the last few months i have started getting slow heartbeats and dizzyness on standing and also on straining, talking coughing. I was bitten by a tick years ago and thought it may be lyme but my gp mentioned chronic fatigue syndrome. The only thing is i do have fatigue and tiredness but i have never had marked weakness and can always get up in the morning and go to work.
 
I thought the fatigue and tiredness was the main symptom.
 
Would appreciate any comments thanks
Jenni
 

hippimom2
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   Posted 8/2/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Jenni, I am so sorry you are going through this and that docs aren't paying enough attention to your symptoms. I get so mad when docs pass everything off as stress or depression if they can't find an answer. I'm not sure that your symptoms are classic chronic fatigue symptoms. It is possible that you have lyme, but it is a very very difficult disease to diagnose. Please visit the lyme forum here because they can tell what labs you need to get tested at - I guess there are only a few labs that are sensitive enough to pick up a positive lyme - most regular labs are not sensitive enough, so most people who get tested through their regular docs will have a negative test even if they do have lyme. It's also best if you can see a doc who specializes in lyme disease.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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jev
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/5/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jenni and welcome! Your post is definitely eerily similar to many others here in the cfs and fibro forums. However, there is definite hope in a real diagnosis and a vast array of treatments available for whatever it is. Sometimes it just takes a lot of trial & error and patience to find out what works best for you. Being bitten by a tick does not automatically constitute Lyme disease but there are definitive tests for that. Please see my replies to Chellybelly, Krista78 and Judilyn for info and links to other info that may of some help to you. Take care and God bless!

Gentlest of hugs,
John
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/13/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jenni!  Well, I would first be checked for Lyme.  You would need to see a Lyme literate doctor and have bloodwork sent to a special lab in California...Genex, I believe is the name.  The Lyme forum will be able to help in that area.
 
Most of the symptoms you are having are also symptoms of fibromyalgia.  You could have that problem.  You do want to rule everything else out first though.  You see, fibromyalgia symptoms are very similar to other illnesses and you want to get those ruled out.  A tender point test is the way they determine if you have fibro...after ruling out other illnesses.  You might want to go to the fibromyalgia forum and read the thread called Fibro 101.  It's the second thread from the top of the page.  It has links to good information about fibro, including a list of symptoms. 
 
I know it's difficult trying to figure out what is going on.  A rheumatologist is probably your best bet for a correct diagnosis...after Lyme has been ruled out.  I wish you luck in finally getting a correct diagnosis.
 
Sherrine
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ktp812
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 8/13/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
The lab for Lyme Disease testing is IgeneX in Palo Alto California..

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/13/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks,KTP!  I was close, but no cigar!  smilewinkgrin
 
Sherrine
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