Neurolological symptoms and feeling just plain 'dumb

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I'm Yogagirl--a bit new to the site, but not new to lyme.  My husband has been under treatment for lyme for months.  I myself never got tested because my joints felt fine.  However, I did have some neuro symptoms sneeking up on me.  I thought I was having anger management problems because I'd have these sort of "rages".  I had a lot of stress from a job I didn't like (and that I used to explain my 3 month -long headache problem).  Then I started to black out entire 2-3 hour blocks of time while working as a nurse in a critical care unit (want me taking care of your mom?).  So, I has to stop working for a while.  I hope I get my brain back soon because money is starting to get tight.  Got the Western Blot...IGeneX and CDC Positive.  Guess if I would have listened to hubby and believed, I'd be halfway to feeling better right now.
What I want to know, has anyone else out there been so skeptical?  Is anyone outthere a healthcare worker suffering the cognitive deficits that can go along with the neurological damaged possible with lyme disease?
Thanks, Yogagirl

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 10/1/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a healthcare worker but I definately suffered from cognitive deficits fro Lyme. I got sick almost 20 years ago and was diagnosed after being sick for almost a year.

I could no longer be an engineer, my 3-D spatial orientation was gone, I couldn't read blueprints. I couldn't function at all for about 4 years. I still have deficits; short term memory problems, problems speaking. Despite years of meds including IV, plus herbs and anthing else I could find, I am not back to the way I was. I believe I have permanent brain damage from the Lyme. I lost years of college, I have whole blocks of skills that are lost. Some days, I can help my kid with his pre-calculus, other days, I'm lucky if I can do pre-algebra. Since I had a total math brain, this is a huge loss for me.

I was eventually able to find a new "career". After 8 years with the same organization, I now make less than 20% of what I made 20 years ago as an engineer and I work harder.

sick all along
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Date Joined Jun 2014
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   Posted 7/9/2014 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how you guys feel. My symptoms started out first as cognitive problems combined with severe anxiety and depression. I have been a nurse for 20 years. The last 14 have been working in labor and delivery. It is horrible what I have lost - my ability to react and articulate in a situation. Somedays I am on it and there are no problems. Other times I can't remember the doctors name or describe and account of time or details. I feel like my mind is full of cotton. We do a lot of charting on the computers - I will sit there in front of the screen unable to know what I have or haven't done. It's like I zone out. It's horrible. It's even worse when your co-workers think you are a slacker, etc. I didn't develop the painful joints, muscles, neuropathy until the last few years. I really do feel like I may need to find another line of work.

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Date Joined Apr 2014
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   Posted 7/10/2014 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
sick all along, do you think you should find a different treatment plan? I did that bc antibiotics made me very toxic and sick.

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   Posted 7/10/2014 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have been suffering with neuro-lyme, babs and bart; and treating for over four years, including 16 mo on IV. Memory, Anxiety/Rage flares, Cognitive functions and brain-fog are just starting to improve. There is hope.
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