I am a 55 year old man. I got my clinical diagnosis of Lyme in Nov. of 2006. I believe I was originally infected in August 2004.
We are taught through sports and just because we are men not to admit to pain. Also, we are invincible.
However, once we know who are enemy or oppossing team is we like to share strategy about dealing with that common enemy.
I was lucky enough to find a local Lyme support group who hooked me up with LLMD's who saved my life. I choose to share what I've learned and continue to learn with others and specifically at this forum.
Please note when we men find out we really are sick we become hippochondraics and demand all attention. Also if this was called the Fantasy Football/ Baseball Lyme Disease Forum membership would quadruple. Hugh Heffner's Lyme Disease forum would do well also.
LOL...good one saxmar, I do spend more time on my fantasy football site this time of year. I've even thought about naming my team LYME RAGE, but I don't think the rest of the owners would understand!!!
I am a 38 year old male. I was infected with Lyme & ehrlichiosis on Memorial day 2005. I went undiagnosed for thirteen months before finding a LLMD that would give me a clinical DX.
I have been mostly treated with oral ABX, and some supplaments and herbs. Although I have improved some from where I was four years ago, I still struggle every day.
I think one reason their are more women here daily is because they are usually better, quicker at typing, and writing than men. I'm a two finger typer, so I've already been at this about ten minutes LOL :) I also believe women are just naturally more outgoing, and open with their feelings & issues, and men are more reserved.
Even though some days are nearly unbearable, I have been able to continue working full time. Although every day when I wake, I wonder how long I'll be able to continue. I know my body needs the rest, but I am the bread winner in my home and have a wife, two sons age 17 & 4 that are counting on me. We are also expecting our daughter in Febuary.....if I wasn't already stressed enough. Worry about passing this disease to my unborne child has been constant.
I used to post here nearly every day when I first became ill, I still check in here and read almost every post almost daily. This site has been a great help, and a wonderfull resource.