Posted 9/2/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -6)
I'm 27 years old and was diagnosed with Lyme a few years ago. I didn't think much of it even though I had symptoms. Currently my symptoms are dizziness, forgetfulness, numbness in extremities (hands, feet, eyes, ears, nose, jaw, etc.), dry skin, tiredness, tingling throughout muscles, headaches with lights, and I also stutter which has gotten more and more severe over the years. I can tell the stuttering is related to my throat being tight and tense, which is how my other muscles are as well.
Before I decided there is a good chance my Lyme is causing all of this, I had an MRI, multiple doctors visits, an EEG, eye exams (for the headaches with lights), and many other tests to try to find the cause. I always ended up at square one with no leads, except for my symptoms that were gradually getting worse.
I currently do not have insurance. I would like to begin treatment and don't mind ordering what I need from "outside pharmacies." Is this not an advisable thing to do, or is this a standard approach non-insured Lyme sufferers take to getting treatment?
Also, if I successfully treat my Lyme, should the tingling, numbness, memory problems, etc. go away, or has the damage been done? I haven't known what being clear headed and comfortable feels like since I was probably 10 years old, and I don't remember most of my childhood, so basically I don't know what it feels like to be normal. I'm excited to begin some type of treatment to see if things improve.
Thank you for any advice you can give me.