I hate to admit that I've been unfaithful and posted on a different site, but he more I think about it, the more likely the problem I have could be due to lupus, so I thought I'd copy the following which I just posted on the Lyme Disease forum:
Hi, I'm usually in the lupus forum but am looking for advice from your folks who are unfortunately familiar with Lyme Disease.
I went to my PCP today complaining of chest and back pain. She diagnosed the problem as being costochondritis, or inflamation of the cartilage that joins the ribs with the spine. During my physical exam she asked me about the bite on my left breast, which is twice the size of a silver dollar (the red area around the bite, not my breast). I told her I didn't know but wondered if I had flea bites. She told me it was from a tick bite and asked enough questions that I knew she was questioning whether or not the tic bite and the costochondritis were connected.
I know that a tick bite does not automatically cause lyme disease, and I know the symptoms of lyme disease can be debillitating, but that's as much as I know about Lyme disease.
The most probable answer is that my immune system is attacking the cartilage in my spine, but that makes me wonder why my doc prescribed an antibiotic.
So I'm just looking for answers. Thanks for any light you might shed on this.
By the way, fellow lupies, she felt no swollen lymph nodes. What great news!
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision.
cellcept 1,000mg, neurontin 1,200 mg, prednisone 5mg, plaquenil 400mg, synthroid .15mg, triamterene 37.5mg, tramadol prn, lunesta 6 mg, actonel, tri-est (compounded estrogen) 7.5 mg 2xmultivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin