Could I have Lyme?

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   Posted 7/1/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone. I need some advice.

I am a 20 yr old female who leads a very healthy lifestyle (good diet, daily exercise, don't smoke/drink). For the past few months, I have been having bouts of severe eye pain, light sensitivity, and headaches. These are so bad that I can't open my eyes and have difficulty concentrating.

I saw an opthamologist, who said my eyes were fine and referred me to a neurologist, who diagnosed me with migraines and prescribed me Floricet, a migraine medication. I went back after the medicine did not help, and he sent me to get an MRI. I get the results tomorrow and am nervous.

Four years ago I went hiking with my family and everyone except me found several ticks on them. A week later, a circular rash appeared on my back. It was raised, but not itchy. I felt a little general malaise. We suspected Lyme, but I tested negative for it.

I know that Lyme can be hard to detect in blood tests, especially when recently acquired. Could my eye and headache problems be related to Lyme? In general, I kind of feel sick all the time and am frequently diagnosed with "viral infections." Should I ask my neurologist about this?

Thank you so much for reading this. I just want to feel better!

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   Posted 7/1/2010 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   

If the 'circular' rash that you had was a 'bull's eye' rash, then that would indicate lyme w/ certainty. Only 20%-40% of victims have the bull's eye rash. So, the lack of it does not rule out lyme. However, there is NOTHING ELSE that causes a bull's eye rash. Did you have any photos taken of it?

The general consensus is that if you have a bull's eye rash, you have contracted Lyme. And it needs to be treated asap, regardless of any tests. In fact, the general consensus is that if you have a bull's eye rash, there is no need to test for lyme. Because it means you have it.
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   Posted 7/2/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
No - the rash was not a bull's eye rash. It was about 3-4 inches in diameter and a raised circle. They said it was probably a bad spider bite (although it was not itchy). The rash recurred in the exact same place several months later. Both times I remember having a very stiff neck.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
The rash doesn't have to be exactly a bull's eye to indicate infection with lyme or co-infections. Mine was just round like yours and was thought to be a spider bite ... Best to get yourself to a lyme literate doctor and get a good test from Igenex and get treated if you are diagnosed. Lyme is diagnosed by a clinical evaluation, not just a test or evidence of a rash. As +lyme says, there is nothing else that really causes that kind of rash ... it is less likely to be a spider bite than a tick bite.
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