Just procrastinating on doing some work, so I popped over here from the lyme board for a few moments. CFS, fibro, MS, and lupus all have similar symptoms to lyme as well. Before I was diagnosed, my main symptom was totally debilitating fatigue. I also had strange rashes, one across both my cheeks like the butterfly rash. A few different docs suggested early rheumatoid arthritis, MS, or lupus, but nothing showed up on blood tests. Lyme can be extremely hard to diagnose -- routine blood tests are very unreliable, particularly if someone has had it for a long time -- but you might want to jump over to the lyme forum and look at some of the symptoms and histories of people there. Also, a good website for more information is www.lymediseaseassociation.org
(Lyme Disease Association of America). A friend of mine had what they told her was CFS for 5 years, and it turned out it was lyme all along. She only figured this out when I pointed her to the right blood tests and the right doctors. Now she is much much better. I hope this helps someone.
Post Edited (alfers) : 11/14/2006 9:09:06 AM (GMT-7)