UPDATE... ON TREATMENT....SUCCESSFUL
I thought I would let you know what has happened. I read alot on this forum and THANK you to everyone who has contributed generally to the body of knowledge available to worried people and thanks to you +lyme for replying to my posting too, it helped.
So I bought Doxycycline on the internet via an organisation that is UK based [like me] and sells this drug as an anti malarial for people travelling abroad. I paid about £40 and got 27 days supply in the post. It was very easy but I was careful to read up and check the drug would be OK for me.
I read the drug information sheet very carefully and started taking the tablets [100 mg 2x per day]. My symptoms improved remarkably and very quickly. After two or three days I was much better. The horrible palpitations stopped and my neck stopped hurting. After two weeks I feel really good and back to normal and am very relieved and pleased about that. The last symptom to improve was a odds pains like bruises with no colour that moved around my upper chest. It has been a frightening and horrible experience, this whole thing has been terrible and I have hardly ever felt worse in my life. I was very anxious and depressed and that is not surprising given the symptoms I had for 7-9 weeks.
I would say ;
I think and hope I am lucky because I have caught this early and that is partly, even mainly, due to the Lyme forum and reading comments on it. THANK YOU. I am optimistic that this is now over, I will be careful to watch for symptoms in the future just in case it recurs. I feel a little worried because I had the memory problem symptom and co-ordination problem symptom which [I read] means this has crossed the blood/brain barrier and that is not good. For people who are living with chronic Lyme disease I think life could be very difficult at times and I feel very sympathetic to them. So, try to carry on, being positive and aiming for solutions and happiness in your life.