This is a very long story, but I'll give you the Cliff-note version. I was just diagnosed with Lymes (Fri) after my blood test yielded a "weak-positive" result. My recent visit to the doc was a result of having flu-like symptoms for 2-3 days. probably true...my wife was sick the week before and my kids were sick with me the following week. The difference is/was.....I had been experiencing constant bodyache and joint pain for several months with elevated temp.
I should point out that I removed a tick (or thought I did) back in early November after hunting. I found it, removed it with tweezers and thought that I got him but was always concerned that the head remained. I checked the site repeatedly to make sure there was no dark spot in the site. I got myself a nice bullseye that came and went. I knew I should gone to the doc or at least called it in, but I didn't. I know....very stupid on my part, but here I am in mid-march with a confirmed positive. I still have the discolored nodule on my thigh after 4 1/2 months. I should note that I work in the medical field and definitely know better, but I tend to think that we're the worst patients when it comes to health issues because we know so much <sarcasm>. I've been bit before and have had rashes post bite and never took meds. Blood tests have always come up negative, but I know how I felt and docs are always quick to dismiss that as something else. How could I have it, if the blood test say it's negative??? Well, let me tell ya.....I think I have had it for awhile now and it's not getting picked up fo rwhatever reason.
When I found this site through a google search, a posting came up that I read and immediately said "that's me" ! The posting was from 2007 as I just noticed and the things that poster listed - was almost me. Some of which include:
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
I just asked my doc when we spoke on Friday - how am I supposed to know if I have nervous system involvement because my test is a weak-positive? He doesn't really know the right answer and offered to refer me to Rheumatology if my joint pain doesn't get better after taking Doxy for 6weeks.
My question to all you who've been there.....am I totally screwed at this point? Is it likely that i will be back to my former healthy self? I'm 43 yrs old and go through most everyday in some sort of pain. I get out bed in the morning like I'm 85yrs old, very much in pain and tired of not sleeping well. I can't sleep through the night at all and haven't been able to for a loooooonnng time. I'm open to any suggestions or comments.
Thanks for your ear.
Post Edited (pabowhunter) : 3/16/2009 8:00:27 AM (GMT-6)