I have Post-tramatic stress disorder which was diagnosed at least 10 years before I goy Lyme disease. I have been successfully treated for depression for years.
When I got Lyme disease - my first symptoms were severe depression and a swollen left knee. Because of my "history" E V E R Y doctor I saw jumped all over the conclusion that it was "all in my head". My knee was getting bigger and bigger, I started falling down stairs, my senses went nutso, I was seeing 5 of everything, my hearing was so acute it almost MADE ME CRAZY, I could smell things for days... to the point of nausea, all of my joints hurt and I was exhausted and could not get out of bed most days . I finally went to an orthopaedic doctor for my achy joints and swollen knees..... and I tested positive for Lyme disease! about
a week before I got my test results I remember screaming at my psychiatrist that there was something " P H Y S I C A L L Y WRONG WITH ME!" Her response?, "Well I did have a patient with a brain tumor once." I mean - WTH??????? So I was put through the psychiatric ringer for 13 months before testing positive. Then it took me 4 more months to find a doctor willing to treat me.... and he handed me a rx for 200mg of doxycilcline..... again WTH????? I just went through 16 months of pure hell for a bottle of doxycicline?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Meade
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, possibly just tested positive for koseri IgA, Morganella motgani,Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF - yay! another acronym), Typhus Fever, Klebsiella pneumonia, Proteus miabilis, Citrobacter i IgA, Hafnia alvai IgA, NKC4, Interleukin 4 (IL4), IL8, Immunobillin (IM01).
Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Acidophilus, Lyrica 600mg
"Medicare/SSDI theme song" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgHioCC3yCo&feature=related
"How much more can I take?", song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs