I am a 60 year old woman and new to this and confused if I really have lyme or not. Three months ago I was bit by a tick which really hurt at the time. I developed 4 small red blotches on my upper leg which formed a circle. It bacame quite painful with a hot burning sensation. One month after the bite I started coming down with pain in my joints upon awaking. Following a week of this I had a TERRIBLE POUNDING HEADACHE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF MY HEAD. The next thing I knew I lost my balance and was rushed to er with a stroke. Iwas in icu for about 5 days and was told my stroke was caused by atrial fibulation. My blood showed I was extremely anemic and my rhuenmatoid factor was off the charts. Also had elevated liver enzymes. None of the doctors wanted to believe I had lyme as it did not show up on their standard test. Since then I found a lyme specialist . He has run tests which were indeterminate, but thinks my symtoms verify it.
I'm home now and seeing more doctors (rhuematoid doctor says my ra factor on the blood tests is off the charts! Does lyme cause ra or just feel like rhuematoid arthritis?
The lyme specialist has me on an antibiotic treatment program and I am feeling a little better. I AM STILL EXTREMELY TIRED (CONSTANTLY YAWNING) and am feeling cold a lot of the time, which is so unusual for me as I always had really warm hands even while outside on a cold day. Also have creaks in my neck when I turn it.
I would appreciate any comments or input. ... Thanks