Thank you all for your observations.
CagunGirl, you asked if my lymph nodes were always swollen. Yes, and also the glands in the throat, from the very beginning in 2005, when I first found the tick bite in June. It wasn't noticable at first, but that whole summer while I thought I was just fighting off a cold or virus or something, not realizing it was Lyme. In August they became so severely swollen that it caused the intense neck pain that was not relieved by the two different pain meds and musscle relaxers and all I could do was lie flat and try not to move. I also was going to the chiropractor and getting ultrasound in the MD's office. It was the chiropractor who told me that it was my lymph nodes causing the pain. He was also the one who helped me to diagnose myself. As the neck pain was becoming bearable, I began to feel ill again, and went to the MD and asked to be treated, which he did. But only with 10 days of Doxclycline 100mg bid.
I thought I was better, and seemed to be symptom free until March. It appeared to be severe sinusitis, which did cause the lymph nodes and glands to become swollen as well, but they have never gotten to the extent as in 2005. The new thing that came along this time was the parastesia which for me felt like bruising in all of my nerve endings all over my body, especially feet and hands. It would vary in intensity, and move around. As that was beginning to subside, the muscle and joint pain began.
But all along I've had these tight back muscles, with a pinchy and sometimes tingling feeling. It was just at the top and up into the back of my neck, then the middle, then more in the lower, andnow its the middle and the top. At first I was blaming it on being weakened and still working. Since I started the IV ceftriaxone, I have been off work, and finally able to rest. Now everything seems to be subsiding, except the back stuff, a little bit with the knees, and the lymph nodes. I feel a lot better overall, but should these still be present?