Post Edited (Chemaster) : 5/8/2009 9:21:42 PM (GMT-6)
Hi Steve, welcome to the board!
How did you remove the tick? For future reference, save it. Although only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash, a bulls-eye rash is a definite sign of Lyme disease. Having the rash merits treatment. Be sure to get photos of it. It is important documentation. Place something near the rash, like a coin or ruler, before photographing to give it size definition.
Below is a Lyme symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms.
If you need a doctor recommendation, you can email me at email@example.com
It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2008 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the books "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton M.D. and "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.
I hope you can get treated soon.