Greetings folks: I am currently researching this dreadful disease and my heart goes out to all of those severely afflicted by it. I have a few friends that have had life changing symptoms caused by Lyme’s. I too am experiencing some of these problems with Lyme’s and am seeking your assistance.
This summer I experience an insect bite resulting in a mis-shapenned bull’s eye. I thought it might cellulitis from the insect bite. Started to fade in color but grow in size. Then out of nowhere I got very fatigued and had sharp arthritic wrist pain. ( I broke the wrist a few years ago). Never had the flu-like symptoms. I went to my Dr and he thought either cellulitis or Lyme’s. Treated me w/ 21 days doxycycline(sp??). I took it religiously. Symptoms abated, energy returned. I thought I was cured and carried on with normal activities. I am a climber and bicyclist so continued to play my sports and felt fine for 1 month.
My daughter was recently diagnosed with H1N1 and came home from college very sick. We nursed her back to health and she returned to school healthy. A few days after she left for school I started experiencing flu-like symptoms. All of them low grade, headache, muscle pain, low fever, fatigue. I did not miss work as they never were “strong”. These symptoms left my body (I thought I had beat the swine flu) BUT I came down with migrating arthritis. Don’t know what else to call it. Each day a different joint would ache(a lot) with some with swelling. After a few days I called into the Dr for another visit. I said I think I still have Lyme/s. He said “no, you were treated and are cured” Anyway he ran lots and lots of blood test last week. The only thing showing was Lyme AB. He offered to write a script for an RA Dr. Even though the test for RA is negative he said this is not always correct. He also agreed that Lyme’s may still be a possibility. We decided to see how I felt. Since then (last week) my joints feel much better only slightly sore. Energy however is not so good. I rode my bike with some friends this weekend. I was not able to keep up and ride my typical miles.
So: I’m thinking I still have Lyme’s. Thoughts?? Does Lyme’s joint pain come and go? Is it chronic? Can someone send me a list of local (Baltimore Md.) LLMD. Feel free to contact me off or on list. Thanks and my thoughts are with those severely afflicted.
PS Sorry this is so long