So this thread is probably dead, but hopefully this can help someone else who is going through, or thinks they may be infected with LM.
Lots of people don't know that just because you don't get the red ring, or rash not mean you haven't been exposed to Lymes. I never had the rash or a bite mark. Also my doctor believed the virus / disease harbored in my body for up to a year. I had a severe case of Lymes Meningitis. It broke the brain barrier and was found only through my spinal fluid. A lot of doctors, including my neurologist didn't believe I had it, he actually scoffed at the diagnosis of my ER doctor, she saved my life. LM can kill you when untreated.
I was sick for 2 weeks before seeking help, and the ONLY reason I went to the ER was because I developed Bells Palsy. Paralyzation of the face on one, or both sides of your face.
It started one morning, I woke up with a stiff neck and a headache. Thinking I slept funny I took Tylenol and tried to massage it out. Nothing helped. Absolutely nothing. After about a week, it was worsening and my tongue started to feel numb and itch. I went to my primary care doctor and he prescribed me Flexeril thinking I was just having severe muscle spasms. He also ordered a Cat Scan because my sister had a brain tumor, and he wanted to make sure I hadn't developed one. My sister suffers from Kushings Disease. The next few days I noticed my face wasn't responding very well. One night I looked at my mother and she asked me to raise my brows and smile. The left side of my face did not move. She immediately took me to the ER. At that time I felt okay, I could talk with a lisp and was joking around taking pictures of the IV in my arm and the vials of spinal fluid, I had an intense headache that was making me nauseous. They gave me Phenergan and Morphine.
My doctor after 2 minutes in my room knew exactly what was wrong with me, she preformed the spinal tap and blood tests just to confirm. I was admitted at 1am and at 4am I was given more morphine for pain. Around 9am the neurologist and another doctor came in to examine me. They were convinced I didn't have Lymes meningitis just because I could touch my finger to my nose and lift my legs. The normal "let's see if you have brain damage test". They wanted me to go home and rest until they had the results, insulted ours and my admitting doctor's intelligence.
My mother, a nurse at that hospital said, "and what if her tests come back positive? You want her to wait a week before starting treatment? No. I want her started now." I agreed and told the doctor, "better safe than sorry." He reluctantly agreed...
28 days IV Rosephrine therapy, Doxycycline pills, Phenergan, dilaudid (for pain but I did NOT take it... I do not like painkillers / narcotics that make you "high" or hallucinate) and some other medications.
I was violently ill, during my treatment I didn't leave my couch or bed for weeks except to be driven to the hospital for my daily IV therapy. The neurologist called a week later and apologized to my mother and I. I did have LM. I visited the hospital 3 times in a week and a half for the headaches and severe pain and worsening Bells Palsy. The Palsy did not go away for quite a long time, even after finishing treatment.
I still, 3 years later feel the effects of the Lymes. Because it affected my brain, I have some trouble with my thoughts, and speech. I also developed some mental disorders, and some I already had became much much worse. Although realizing "I could have died, another week and I would have been dead", is not exactly healthy for the mind.
I developed severe anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, worsened borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and worsened schizophrenia. I also suffer from episodes of the same back, neck and head pain I had. Nausea, stomach pain, and many body aches. It has severely affected my life. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Luckily the Bells Palsy never came back. LM is NOT something to mess with, if you think you may be affected by Lymes, go to a hospital right away. If you pull a tick off and you develop the red ring, GO TO A HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR ASAP. Lymes affects you even after years, Gold Seal is supposed to ward off attacks and relapses. I never tried it but deal with it as best I can. Many doctors will disagree and tell you, you're not sick because of the Lymes. Even when blood tests show the antibodies or infection "dormant" in your body.
You know your body, get help. Any questions or want to talk email me!