Symptoms developing many years after tick bite?

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/10/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All -
I have read through many of the posts here, and wanted to say thanks for everyone's experience that is shared. I guess that my question is whether or not it can take many, many years for symptoms to catch up with you, so to speak.
First a bit of background. I was vacationing with my family close to 20 years ago in northern MI. I was young at the time (probably around 12), and remember my parents pulling an engourged tick from my head.
Now, let me fast forward to today. I have some symptoms that are listed throughout the forums. Examples: low libido (growing up, I always remember being different from my friends in terms of desire), always tired (I am now "successfully treated" by the numbers anyway for sleep apnea for 6 months with CPAP, but still tired), TMJ, cold extremeties, memory issues, slow muscle recovery from activity (ie exercising), excema. I would have to go through the list on the forum, but those are my major annoyances.
One reason that I am suspecting Lyme's disease was due to an experience when I had my gall bladder removed. I had my gall bladder removed after a visit to the ER a bit over a year ago, and was in the hospital for several days prior to it being removed. During that time, I was on antibiotics because of my gall bladder being infected and they wanted to reduce that prior to my surgery. Post-surgery, I felt great for about a month. My libido was stronger than it has ever been in my life. I didn't remember being tired during that time. However, the lack of libido returned and the fatigue returned within a month.
Since my fatigue issues aren't being solved by CPAP, I am on a quest to try and figure out what else is going on. I have talked with my PCP about my symptoms. He has tested thyroid (normal), testosterone (low-normal, but he doesn't want to treat), psychiatrist for depression (nope), no issues with blood sugar or cholesterol. I mentioned my finding from antibiotic treatment during my hospitalization and he mentioned that nothing came to mind that is cured by antibiotics.
However, it seems crazy to me to think that all of this could be happening from a tick bite 20 years ago.
I hope all is well with everyone. Thanks for any ideas.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 2/10/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm, not sure, but my husband has sleep apnea, and that in itself causes many of your issues, plus others. Maybe you need to get your machine adjusted? Maybe it's not high enough? Usually, there is some improvement almost immediately Just a suggestion to try because my husband's was set way too high initially and he didn't do well on it. Now that his CPAP is set correctly, he's doing much better (including your two most frustrating issues).

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 2/10/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell. Sorry you have not been feeling well.
When you were bit 20yrs ago, did you develop any rashes? Any flu like symptoms? I have all your symptoms, these symptoms are common with Lyme patients, as well as many other conditions. Have you been tested for Lyme? If not have your PCP run a Western blot. Be your own advocate, read as much as you can about Lyme disease. Go to your local library and see if they have Cure Unknown from Pam Weintraub or The bakers dozen and the Lunatic fringe from P.J. Langhoff these are both very good books.

Best wishes

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 2/10/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
No, it's not crazy at all to think that after 20 years from a tick bite you would have these symptoms. It's quite common for this to happen. Did you go to the "New Members" page and look at the list of symptoms? Many of your symptoms are the exact same symptoms I had when I got lyme disease. I used to use the CPAP machine too. Many lymies have had their gallbladders removed, it's quite common.

I strongly suggest that you see a Lyme Literate Doctor (LLMD) asap and get a proper diagnosis. If you have lyme disease you have already lost valuable time and will have a lot of catching up to do to get treated for this disease. You will never know until you see a LLMD and get a Western Blot test by Igenex.

If you need a list of LLMD's in your area let me know and I will send you a link to a website that will give you names of LLMDs in your area.

I hope and pray you get on the path to recovery very soon.


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   Posted 2/10/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ediddy,

Welcome to the forum! Yes, you can get symtoms 20 years later. The bacteria sometimes lay dorman and comes out when you are stressed, have a traumatic experience, etc. My LLMD thinks I've been having Lyme since I was young and symtoms just started for me 6 years ago. You do seem to have some Lyme symptoms and I was going to say at first, to have your thyroid checked, but you've already done that. The best thing for you to do now, is find a good Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. They are specialized in treating Lyme and know that Lyme patients sometimes have to be on antibiotics longer than the regular four weeks....especially if they are chronic(having Lyme for years). Please read the thread at the top of the Lyme forum titled, "New to Lyme?..... Start Here!." It will give you some very valuable information on what clinic to use and what co-infections you need to test for as well.
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