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phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
im a 24 year old male who is worried i have lyme disease,heres my story,about 4 months ago i got bit by a tick on the backside of my thigh i didnt know he was in there for a while and when i pulled him out i didnt think much of it,about a month after that i had a severe panic attack out of nowhere which i had when i was younger so i didnt think much of it until the next day when i woke up and felt really weird and ever since that day i still fell really strange,i feel out of it,dizzy,losing weight rapidly,no appetite,loose stool and i get hot and cold a lot,i started thinking about the tick bite that still itches and swells up sometimes and im wondering if i could have lyme,my doctor ran some blood tests on me a cbc,thyroid and comp metabolic test and said all were normal but i forgot to mention the tick bite to him,he thinks it is just anxiety but i can not believe anxiety can make me feel like this,im scared,run down and have no energy,what do you guys think,could i have this,what should i do first to find out? Thanks a lot

phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
anybody?

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Phantom,

Welcome to the forum! I'm sorry that your post got overlooked. Since you do know for sure that you got bit by a tick, you may want to ask your doctor to put you on antibiotics. Doxycyline is what most physicians give for a new infection. You will want to ask for at least 400mg for no less than six weeks. You may also want to try and find a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor so that you get the correct treatment.

Did you notice a rash at all?

I'm not sure if a Western Blot test would pick up any antibodies at this time. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable about that can help out.

Until then, if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask them. And, if you need help finding an Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, let me know.

Here is some great information for you to read to start you off on knowing what Lyme Disease is.

ILADS is also a great site to find information:
http://www.ilads.org/


For even more info, please read the topic at the top of the first page of this forum tittled "The Basics, Newbies check this out". It will help you get started learning about lyme.
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Post Edited (CajunGrl) : 8/23/2009 6:57:19 PM (GMT-6)


phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks a lot,actually i have been bitten by two ticks and both have swollen up,is 3-4 months a long time to have this? will it get worse? thanks

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again phantom,

Did you ever notice a rash?

I can't really say if four months is a long time for you if you do have this disease because we are all different in the way that our body fights things off. If I were you, I'd try to find an LLMD and see what he/she thinks by evaluating your symptoms.
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phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
i didnt receive a rash but the bite still swells up from time to time,here ie all my symptoms

poor memory
blurred vision and my eyes ache
weight loss-loss of appetite
dizzy,feels like im going to pass out
severe fatigue
feels like i get a fever in the evening that lasts about an hour
hands and feet get cold easy
brain fog,disconnected
severe anxiety
loose stool
cough
sweat a lot at night

all of this my doctor says is from anxiety?? i have a hard time believing that,im just so tired of feeling like this,i cant hardly do anything anymore because the way i feel

phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
i also have been on zoloft for 3 weeks

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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had alot of your symptoms. I dont think it is from anxiety. I too in the begining befroe I knew I had Lyme was on Zoloft. That was 10 years ago. I was first dx when I was 24. I never found a tick or had a rash. I would see a llmd asap.

rdatman
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
You should get three weeks of Doxy at 300 mg QD and see if your anxiety symptoms go away. Most docs will give you that much nowadays for just mentioning a tick bite (thank God the message IS getting out). Good luck.

phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
i sure hope they find it im located in eastern central virginia,all i do know is something is wrong,will lyme go away on its own?

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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Um, I dont really think it will go away on its own. With all the symptoms you have, you need to start meds and see a good lyme doctor. It takes some people years of meds before they start to feel better.

phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
oh boy not what i really wanted to hear but thanks,all these symptoms started a month after the bite and that was almost 4 months ago but when my cbc came back normal my doctor wasnt concerned?

james from missouri
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
i had all of your symptoms, i have lyme that came through positive on the Western Blot.. Have your doctor run a Mono test also.. I had mono and the Cmv virus also.. I believe alot of my dizziness and fatigue where from the mono virus called Epstein barr.

Good Luck

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
phantom,

It seems that most people who catch Lyme Disease early enough do get better faster. That's why it's important for you to see an LLMD now.

Also, many members here have normal bloodwork but still have Lyme.

I'm not saying that this is what you have but it's a good idea to find out soon. The sooner you treat, the better of a chance you have getting better.
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not again
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand what you are feeling. You need to have testing done through special labs. The testing for lyme is not always right. Its important tolearn all you can and see a good doctor. I think if you catch it early enough it can be treated faster. Like I said I have had for 10 years. Its something you want to treat right away.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
James,

Thanks for posting. I thought about you when I read his symptoms.
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phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
yes i want to get it treated asap if thats what i have,all we really have around here are back woods doctors so who knows if they will even listen to me but im going to call tomorrow

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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Well let us know how it goes. If you need help finding a lyme doctor there are people here who can help. You can also send us a e mail by clicking on the mail icon by our name.

phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks again

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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Any time!! good luck

james from missouri
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
phantom,

i had anxiety once that last about 2 weeks about 10 years ago. and i never had any coughing or night sweats. Anxiety with lyme is totally different. you know if something isn't right.. when that happens you need to see a doctor.. you did the right thing by joining this site.. That is basically a huge leap in getting proper treatment..

phantom racer
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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
i think this site is great,i just hope my doctor is going to try to figure it out for me,i cant afford to go to a special doctor,i have a 5 year old son and im out of work so its really hard right now
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