I am wondering if it is possible to have a "mild" case of Lyme? Nearly all the stories I've read are about people with symptoms so extreme they are nearly bed-ridden.
I have had a bunch of different things going on over the past two years, and about a month ago, I started to wonder if it was Lyme. I went to a lyme-literate naturopath, and she clinically diagnosed me with Lyme, but I'm still waiting for the test results. But in the meantime, I've started to doubt whether I have Lyme, because I don't think I'm sick enough. My most significant symptoms are:
fatigue- I can force myself to get out of bed in the morning, but I can easily sleep 18 hours a day, if I get the chance. I also have difficulty staying awake during the day, no matter how much sleep I've had (I almost lost a job because of this)
Joint/muscle/tendon pain- I have been struggling with achilles tendonitis for two years, shin splints (which came out of nowhere) for a year and a half, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and more recently, sore pretty much everything. BUT I can still be fairly active- it's just that my energy level, and pain are more in-line with my 50 year-old parents than my 20 year-old twin sister. The problem is that this really comes and goes- there are times when I feel absolutely fine.
Muscle twitches/tingling- this just started in the last 3 months. Two weeks ago, it was so bad I had trouble sleepin (but the muscle twitches aren't visible unless they're on my hand or face). Now, they are back down to what they where like at the beginning of June, for no apparent reason. I did get B12 shots 3x a week for two months last summer, for something un-related, but I'm now wondering if it could have slowed the progression of this symptom...?
Brain fog et al- this has just started up the last 3 months (I think) as well. At it's worst, I had two (only 2) periods of disorientation, where I didn't recognize my house, and where I got lost 100m from my home, but mostly it's just forgetting words mid-sentance, or getting easily confused. I still have my job though (it's not a very thought-intensive internship). It is possible I had episode of brain fog prior to this, as I went through a period at school where I felt as if I had become dyslexic, and I really struggled.
Vision problems- floaters, and difficulty reading and other weird stuff
I have more symptoms ( I had 50% on the ones on my doctor's list), but the ones above are the worst. Up until this year, I just thought that I had un-related problems...My school problems were because I was depressed, and my achilles tendonitis and shin splints were just bad luck (despite two years of stretching, icing etc.). My family doctor still feels this way (he thinks the twitching is stress, and the tingling is all in my head), and he doesn't think I'm sick enough to really worry about other stuff...
So now I'm torn. My lyme doc thinks I have Lyme, and will still think so if the test comes back negative. She had me start treatment already, and I had two days where the brain fog/mood swing/joint pain was quite a bit worse...but I wonder if that was just sort-of an anit-placebo effect. She told me about "herxing"- so maybe I imagined that I herxed. And the treatment is really, really expensive. Also- because my symptoms are so mild, I worry I will not even know when I am better and can stop treatment. Part of me thinks that if this is Lyme, I should treat it now, while it's still mild. The other part of me agrees with my family doctor, and thinks I should just wait and see. If my symptoms get worse, I can get him to test for MS or I can go back to my naturopath, and if they don't get worse then I know nothing is wrong. I wouldn't be so torn, except that my doctor laughed in my face when I mentioned Lyme...and I don't have symptoms nearly as bad as anyone I can find. What I really wanted was to go to my doctor to get a second opinion, but he doesn't believe in Lyme, and so he can't really give me a second opinion, because he won't consider Lyme at all.
Sorry for the long post! I'll get to my questions now.
1) Is it possible to have lyme with mild symptoms
2) Does it sound like I have Lyme? (You guys might not be doctors, but you know about Lyme)
3) What should I do? Should I be trying to get treated right away? Or should I let it sit awhile, and see what happens?
Sorry again for the length!