Firstly hello to everyone, I've been lurking for a couple of days reading a lot of the great info on these pages.
A bit of background info, theres a lot but I'll try my hardest to keep it shortish..
I'm a 37 year old male in the UK, generally fit and well until December '08 when I was admitted to hospital for a week with varying symptoms, tight chest with pains, lightheadedness, cold chills running up my legs and arms to name a few, various bloods and other tests were done, all coming back normal apart from blood glucose, so I was told I'm type 2 diabetic and sent on my way (HBA1C was 8.0), all of the symptoms I was told were typical uncontrolled diabetes, so I worked hard and got my next HBA1C down to 5.4, lost 30lb's and still the symptoms have got worse, despite vigorous bg testing and dietry (and as much as permissible with the symptoms) exercise regimes.
Since then I have had various symptoms come and go, some staying longer than others,including shooting pains in various parts of my body,cold sensations, numbness, pins and needles in my arms, hands and around the face and scalp, numbness in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, pain and occasional ringing in the ears, a neck that cracks when I move it, and also my wrists, visual disturbances, light sensitivity, "flashing" just outside of my field of view and the worst of all, the lack of coordination, and a weird numb feeling in my head and a feeling of being drunk and off balance, this is the really debilitating one, which has led to me closing down my business due to not being able to drive most days, I also suffer from a lot of redness, and flushing/changing skin colour between white and a bright reddish pink, inability to get to sleep and poor hand/eye coordination, despite numerous blood pressure tests being normal, I have been told I have Raynaud's Syndrome, and the latest guess from my endocrinologist is that I have suffered some kind of brain stem trauma or stroke and I'll have to get used to it, quite how he came to that conclusion I dont know, but he did a rather good job of upsetting my wife who's 5 months pregnant in the process
I remember around 3-4 years ago working on a car that had been sitting in long grass for a while on a hot day and looking down to see a tick on the top of one of my feet (I managed to get matching bites on both feet as it happens that day) which made my feet swell enough to stop me walking for over a week, and a rash was left behind, not the bulls eye that I have seen mention of with Lyme but more like very heavy freckles if that makes sense, on the bridge of both feet, the black spot is still visible to this day...
So I guess what I'm trying to say is does this sound like Lyme to you all, I know there's no such thing as a typical case but I dont have any real bad pains as such, just constantly changing unpleasant symptoms and this darn pressure in my head/eyes, I did mention LD to my doctor but was told a test wasn't needed because we dont have Lyme here (yup, he comes out with some real classics), I also know that if I do manage to get a test there's a high chance of unreliable results anyway, so where do I go from here, I'd love to be able to go private and get this sorted out but losing the business means I'm struggling to keep the house as it is, without paying a load of medical bills that I already pay for in my taxes (or did when I was working at least).
Thanks for reading, and I hope it was fairly to the point at least, Andy