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   Posted 8/31/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

I have many symptoms and still remain undiagnosed with anything, most of the symptoms I have could easily be contributed to Lymes amongst other things, but was just wondering if anyone has had this. My body suddenly gets a wave of tightness around my chest, neck and face, sometimes it only lasts a few minutes, sometimes longer, it almost feels like im being strangled at times or choking, its really weird. Ive never heard anyone else with lymes mention this so was curious. Also I have major eye problems, i dont see floaters or black spots which others have mentioned, but I do get pain in my eyes, like a stinging pain, my eyes feel strained and are very light sensitive, I also seem to have damage to the ocular nerve because my pupils dilate to different sizes at different times, has anyone out there ever had damage like this? I bruise very easily, the slightest pinch will give me a huge lump and a bruise, and I have sore spots on my head that are so inflamed they feel like ive been cut or grazed, just curious to know if anyone has experienced these specific things, because ive never seen them mentioned on any lyme board before. Many thanks.


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   Posted 8/31/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have all of your symptoms and neurological staff, as well. For a list of Lyme symptoms, visit New to Lyme... Start here or visit this link:

If you scroll down, you will get to all the symptoms.

Hope this helps!

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   Posted 8/31/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Littlehutton,
I too have those eye symptoms, but I don't talk much about them because not many others seem to experience them. I do also get a lot of floaters & black spots, but I have no signs of damage to my eyes.

The tightness you are experiencing around your chest & that seems like to me like anxiety, as that's the kind of things that I go through from time to time. I also bruise all too easily, Heck I'll bruise just from being on my feet too long!

I go through periods where my skin is soooo painful that I can't stand to even to shower, but others here have mentioned they they get sore 'spots' on their head.
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   Posted 8/31/2010 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes. I have been battling eye problems for a long time. No floaters. But I do have a big problem with light sensitivity, eye irritation & fatigue, blurry vision, dilated pupils (without using any drugs....was accused of being on drugs while at school because of my dilated pupils, but I have never taken illegal street drugs, and do not like narcotic pain meds either), and have been battling a big sty in my lower eyelid that refuses to go away despite IV antibiotics, hot compresses, special eye drops, etc.

I also experience irritation & little bumps (mini-hives?) on the inside of my eyelids, and also severe stabbing pain in my eyes, during tree & grass pollen allergy seasons.

The tightness I've experienced in my chest has been associated with Asthma, which I think is different than what you are describing but I'm not sure.
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   Posted 9/1/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having a pressure on the right side of my neck for a while now, don't know if it's related to lyme or not.  I also get eye pain which comes and goes.  I bruise very easily, like ripe summer fruit!  Also, light sensitive and wearing sunglasses gives me the worst pain behind my ears, I have tried so many different pairs, but haven't found any that don't cause pain.
p.s. one of the co-infections causes light sensitivity, I tested neg for co's though.  I think it might be Babesia look under the Newbie section to find out.
01 Tingling in fingers/toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
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   Posted 9/1/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
"...wave of tightness around my chest, neck and face, sometimes it only lasts a few minutes, sometimes longer, it almost feels like im being strangled at times or choking...."

I get this. My LLMD has told me it is a symptom of babesiosis, which also causes something called "air hunger" where a person feels like they can't get enough oxygen despite having no irregularities in their breathing.

I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses!

Some of the symptoms are so strange and varied, it a relief to hear these feelings are real, and not in my head as so many doctors have claimed! The bruising is bizarre, the slightest pinch can cause a huge bruise! My legs are covered in them, and I never even remember knocking myself. I also get these weird cut sensations on my head, and sometimes on my face (cheek) just below my eyes. I also have a lot of burning pain in various places, ive even had it inside my ears! Does anyone else get cramping type pain down an arm with shoulder and back pain?

Rose - Thank you so much for shedding some light on the tightness issue, i've been searching for answers about this for ages, was told by many just anxiety, but i'm sure it's not, its not quite the same, its the scariest thing and so hard to describe to others, so thank you so much for the insight!

Best Wishes


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   Posted 10/31/2013 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Lyme about a month ago (bit by a tick in April). My first symptom was a puffy, tight feeling on the right side of my neck that went down toward my collarbone. I too am wondering about bruises. I recently started getting bruised spots. I can't see any bruise, but I get sore areas with nodules under the skin. These spots get very sore.

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   Posted 10/31/2013 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Forgot to mention that my doctor is treating me with Argentyn 23 silver hydrosol. We did a round of Doxy but he doesn't want me doing extended antibiotics. He also has me putting Argentyn 23 Silver hydrosol drops in my eyes each night. He said oral silver doesn't treat the eyes, and he doesn't want the Lyme getting to my eyes. I didn't ask what that meant.

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   Posted 10/31/2013 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like babesia.

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   Posted 11/1/2013 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
SLML - What "sounds like babesia"?
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