Many people who have Lyme were first diagnosed with other illnesses including Fibromyalgia, CFS, MS, ALS, and Lupus. Below is a Lyme symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms.
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushingUnexplained weight change--loss or gainFatigue, tiredness, poor staminaUnexplained hair lossSwollen glandsSore throatTesticular pain/pelvic painUnexplained menstrual irregularityUnexplained milk production: breast painIrritable bladder or bladder dysfunctionSexual dysfunction or loss of libidoUpset stomachChange in bowel function-constipation, diarrheaChest pain or rib sorenessShortness of breath, coughHeart palpitations, pulse skips, heart blockAny history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?Joint pain or swellingStiffness of the joints, neck, or back Muscle pain or crampsTwitching of the face or other musclesHeadacheNeck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck painTingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting painsFacial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivityEars/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivitylncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balanceLightheadedness, woozinessTremorConfusion, difficulty in thinkingDifficulty with concentration, readingForgetfulness, poor short term memoryDisorientation: getting lost, going to wrong placesDifficulty with speech or writingMood swings, irritability, depressionDisturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakeningExaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
When Lyme disease is a possibility, it is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and under treat. Besides Lyme ticks can transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. It is estimated that 60% of people who have Lyme are co-infected. It may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested by a Lyme lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. If you would like a doctor recommendation, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease (2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and Dr. Joseph Burrascano's treatment guidelines at http://www.ilads.org/burrascano_0905.html He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols.
I don't know if Ticker is available to read e-mails. If you can tell us where you are located, perhaps one of us could recommend a LLMD (lyme literate medical doctor) for your son.
Please try and stay calm, yes, easier said than done. Many people are in remission from lyme including myself and have stayed well for years. I know children who have been well for years as well.
I hope this helps, Denise
It is a very scary situation but please remember we over here are suffering from LD for many years, some of us were not diagnosed for years and we go crazy when we hear someone had a tick, but it may be an uninfected tick, to play it safe request at least 30 days of doxy or amoxy from your pediatrician, tell him your a nervous mother and would greatly appreciate it or tell him whatever just try to get the meds, please remember it may take a while to get to an LLMD, as long as you get him started on treatment he should be fine
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