Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 2
| Posted 7/15/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -7)
I have been having severe anxiety and panic attacks and all around feeling of tiredness the past 2 years. i went to the doctor and ER multiple times, and got tested for lymes once from my GP. The past 6 months i have been dealing with neck pain which i thought was i was sleeping wrong on my stomach. Its a constant pain that is sometimes better with ice and advil. I also tired easy when doing anything physical and im in good shape. I also have been having these episodes at night where when im falling asleep ill wake up real quick and feel lost and start to panic. From april of 08 til oct 08 i was fine other than a little anxiety but now its back in full force like it was when i first had it . im tired of seeing the doc and being told im fine its anxiety. ive been bit by ticks before but dont remember ever getting a rash . Im outdoors all the time as i hunt and fish.. I live in northern INdiana
Post Edited (dgaugler33) : 7/15/2009 5:08:11 PM (GMT-6)
Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 9208
| Posted 7/15/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)
Hi dgaugler33, welcome to the board!
I am sorry you have been feeling bad for two years. Although a bulls-eye rash is a definite sign of Lyme disease, only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash.
Below is a Lyme symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms.
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
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
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
When Lyme disease is a possibility, it is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected. It may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA.
If you need a doctor recommendation, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2008 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne lllnesses at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. He discusses antibiotics and doses starting on page 18. I also recommend the books "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton M.D.
I hope you can get answers soon.