Details of bullseye rash

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Giraffe85
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone. I'm brand new on the board and I was hoping I can get some input from some of you who may have experienced the same symptoms that I have. I have been suffering from pain in my joints and muscles for several years now (about 10 years). I am 23 years old now. I have had the lyme tests done through igenex. I don't have the details of the test in front of me right now, but they basically came back undetermined. You probably know the details better than I do but the way i remember it being explained is that there are 3 main #'s (protiens?) that can indicate lyme disease, but there are at least 2 others that could also indicate lyme they're just not "official". It sounds like i had maybe one of the main 3 #'s and and one or more of the "possibly" indicators. Again, i don't have the details in front of me and it's probably been almost a year since that test. They put me on large doses of antibiotics (including doxy and some other one)... i think it was about 3 months but i couldn't really determine myself if i got worse or better. it's hard for me to tell since i don't remember what "normal" or "better" feels like. I just know that i got stomach aches and a few yeast infections (ick!) and i swear my digestive system hasn't been the same since. shakehead
 
Anyway, My main question is about the bullseye rash. I remember getting bit when I was a kid by what i thought was a spider. I never saw whatever bit me... i assumed the bite on my leg was a spider bite since i had no other personal bug bite references (besides mosquito bites, of course). In hindsight, i believe it could have been a bullseye rash caused by a tick bite. I live in california and we used to ALWAYS go camping with my dad as kids. Anyway, I want to know more details about the bite besides just what it looks like. I've heard that the bite is not usually painful or itchy, but i honestly can't remember if it was itchy/painful or not. What i do remember is that it was pretty big and it was warm to the touch. My mom was concerned (but also thought it was probably a bad spider bite) and we tried to make sure we tried to drain any fluid that was in there. It was raised and warm to the touch, and definitely had fluid/pus inside. I think it may have been watery at first, but i remember after some time went by the pus that was coming out was thick and more like a paste, sort of. Sorry to be so graphic. I'm grossing out just thinking about it. I just wanted to know if any of you guys had symptoms similar to that with your bullseye rashes...? I'm regretting not having pictures or even knowing exactly when i got the bite. If i knew right when it was and right when i started to notice symptoms, i might have more answers! but i can't remember either at all. I just know i was in about 7th or 8th grade when my symptoms started (i think...?) and my bite was possibly somewhere around there... i just know i was a kid and it's hard to think back that far!
 
Since I haven't had a positive lyme test and they've ruled out a lot of other things (like lupus, arthritis, blah blah blah) I've been convinced i have fibromyalgia or something like that, but of course there are no definite tests for that. Lately i've been questioning whether it could be lyme again, confused and i was thinking really hard about that possible bullseye rash that I had. Let me know what you guys think!!!
 
 

nefferdun
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   Posted 5/12/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought my bull's eye rash was an infected spider bite. It was white in the center and surrounded by a red ring. I did not have pus in it and I don't remember it hurting or being itchy but being hot sounds familiar. It would make sense that it was hot as I thought it was infected.
I thought I had chronic fatigue. When I saw a picture of the rash I recognized it immediately.

Giraffe85
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   Posted 5/12/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate your input. The pictures I see of the bullseye rash look familiar to me, too... but since the bite was so long ago i don't remember 100%. So frustrating! Thank you again for your input. I'm looking to see if anyone else had pus (sorry... yucko), since that is one thing that I remember well about the bite.
 
My landlord has a hyperbaric chamber at his doctor's office so I'm going to look into that. I want to learn more about it though.
 
Thanks again!
 
 

Giraffe85
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   Posted 5/13/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate all the insight i can get, especially from people who have actually had these symptoms, and not just from people who have read about it. Although both are valuable. Thanks again for your help. I think I'm going to pursue more tests and then treatment. If I could be sure of my diagnosis I could have more direction on where to go from there. Not knowing my diagnosis is the hardest part. I also get tired of trying new things, so i usually take a break for several months to regain the mental strength that i'll need to pursue something new. I think it's time.
 
Thanks again!!!
 
Lyndsey :)

Giraffe85
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Bahaha! I didn't even notice!
 
Thank you for your help. And thoughts and prayers are always helpful, too, so thank you! It is very very tough, but I'm confident that I'll be okay.
 
Thanks Gracie'sMom! :)
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