I'm trying to put the pieces together to figure out just how long I've had LD. I've had weird things happen to me for 30 years, but most would come and go, mostly without explanation, so when this came in full force, they started monitoring me for auto-immune issues, specifically lupus.
Things got REALLY weird after the birth of my child about 13 years ago. While I was pregnant I couldn't think as well as I was used to, but I understand that is very common with pregnancy. I was in labor a very long time and was on pain meds (Nubane sp?) for at least 20 hours and had pre-eclampsia during labor. After the birth, it was like I was a different person, my memory was GONE (like scary gone, I suddenly couldn't remember the name of things - like refrigerator or phone numbers, things I knew like the back of my hand), I just couldn't think or make decisions, everything seemed surreal - like I wasn't really completely there. As time went on I had numbness in some toes, I realized I could no longer write the same as I always had, I had LOTS of dizziness, my speech was somewhat slurred at times. I really thought I must have had a slight stroke during labor because of the pre-eclampsia (I had an MRI 4 years ago and there was no stroke). I did not mention this to my doctor because I was embarassed at the mess I had become, and people were telling me that pregnancy and birth can cause all sorts of problems, but it will straighten out after a while. Well, after nearly a year I finally decided I must have post-partum depression and requested to be put on anti-depressants. It didn't really help, but I wanted to be well so badly that I told myself it would be OK (was only on anti-depressants for about 4 months). After 2 years, the dizziness had gotten so bad, I requested a thyroid test (long story made very short!). My TSH was a bit high (underactive) and I started on thyroid meds. Everything got better, but not back to normal - memory never came back, but it was better; dizziness still there, but better; handwriting never went back to how it was before; numbness in toes went away; extreme fatique improved a lot, etc. Over the next 8 years my allergies got a lot worse, I'd have sores in my nose, canker sores, headaches, never used to get very sick when I'd get the flu or whatever and after that I got VERY sick with viruses I'd pick up, WEIRD unexplained teeth problems - severe sensitivity in one tooth in particular - after everything else failed, I had a root canal and got a crown on the tooth and I still have problems with that tooth!
So my question is this: for those of you who know you had Lyme while pregnant, was there an immediate change after the birth? Did your symptoms immediately change/get worse or was it gradual or sometime later? My pain/obvious problems started 5 years ago and it's possible that is when I got Lyme's, but I've just had so many weird things over the years, I'm trying to piece it together in case I could have had it a lot longer and maybe my own immune system took care of it for the the most part early on?? I believe I had a very strong immune system prior to giving birth because I got over things very quickly and never got very sick when I'd pick up a virus, etc.
Thanks for any input!