Hi Gary, if you have lyme, you are in the right place for support and help. The people on this web site often know more about this disease than the doctors treating them. Only about 50% of people infected with lyme get the bull's eye rash so you might not have had it. There are other tick born infections that can cause your symptoms and most people with lyme are co infected with some other pathogen. I have read that many people with bartonella have anxiety attacks and depression. They also have bone pain - most commonly sore feet. One of the characteristics of lyme is that it goes dormant so in the early stages of infection your symptoms may come and go and you will have different symtoms depending on what part of the body the bacteria is attacking. Later, when you become chronically ill, you feel very sick most of the time.
One of the diagnostic tools used is a round of antibiotics because when you have lyme, you actually get worse when you start treatment. This is thought to be because your kidneys and liver cannot process all the toxins out of your body quickly enough so your symptoms explode. It is called the herxhiemer reaction and is specific to lyme. The first abx used is often dioxycycline in a very high dose (300-600 mg). So even if your tests come back negative, a LLMD would probably try the abx to see what happens. Even if you are opposed to using long term abx, it is a very good idea to knock back the bacteria that have gotten out of control in your body before trying any other approach. The lyme spirochete is related to syphilus and if you had that you probably would leap for the abx. When I started to improve and felt well (most of the time) I went to herbal remedies but I am not sure that it is working. This is a very hard disease to get rid of.
You should avoid alcohol, sugar, processed foods and food that converts quickly to glucose because the bacteria thrives on it. Also if you start abx, you will need to supplement probiotics. The bacteria also diminish magnesium and B6 which you should supplement.
I hope you have found your answer. I was ignored by 6 doctors before I discovered what I have online while researching chronic fatigue. I had the rash.
PS. It is Lyme disease, not lymes - a common mistake
All of your symptoms sure do sound like my daughter's, and the hospital and regular medical doctors diagnosed her as psychosomatic. Thank God we found an excellent pediatric lyme specialist to take care of her. The regular lyme tests came back negative several times; however, I had our new internist do a western blot and it came back positive. Then the lyme specialist repeated the tests using his labs (IGeneX, Specialty Labs, Clongen) and they all came back positive for lyme and babesia. Get a lyme literate doctor and stay away from the medical doctors because they don't understand and you are wasting time and money with them. Good luck and I hope you are feeling better soon.