Hi All -
I have read through many of the posts here, and wanted to say thanks for everyone's experience that is shared. I guess that my question is whether or not it can take many, many years for symptoms to catch up with you, so to speak.
First a bit of background. I was vacationing with my family close to 20 years ago in northern MI. I was young at the time (probably around 12), and remember my parents pulling an engourged tick from my head.
Now, let me fast forward to today. I have some symptoms that are listed throughout the forums. Examples: low libido (growing up, I always remember being different from my friends in terms of desire), always tired (I am now "successfully treated" by the numbers anyway for sleep apnea for 6 months with CPAP, but still tired), TMJ, cold extremeties, memory issues, slow muscle recovery from activity (ie exercising), excema. I would have to go through the list on the forum, but those are my major annoyances.
One reason that I am suspecting Lyme's disease was due to an experience when I had my gall bladder removed. I had my gall bladder removed after a visit to the ER a bit over a year ago, and was in the hospital for several days prior to it being removed. During that time, I was on antibiotics because of my gall bladder being infected and they wanted to reduce that prior to my surgery. Post-surgery, I felt great for about a month. My libido was stronger than it has ever been in my life. I didn't remember being tired during that time. However, the lack of libido returned and the fatigue returned within a month.
Since my fatigue issues aren't being solved by CPAP, I am on a quest to try and figure out what else is going on. I have talked with my PCP about my symptoms. He has tested thyroid (normal), testosterone (low-normal, but he doesn't want to treat), psychiatrist for depression (nope), no issues with blood sugar or cholesterol. I mentioned my finding from antibiotic treatment during my hospitalization and he mentioned that nothing came to mind that is cured by antibiotics.
However, it seems crazy to me to think that all of this could be happening from a tick bite 20 years ago.
I hope all is well with everyone. Thanks for any ideas.