Posted 11/10/2011 11:24 PM (GMT -7)
Hi everyone! This is my first time here. I have been sick with a long list of symptoms for approximately 3 years now. I have looked over lyme symptoms off and on since I started going downhill, but have not wanted to be the one to suggest it to my doctor, who I am sure thinks I am crazy and just making things up. I am in Alberta Canada and from everything that I have read, the medical professionals seem to think that we don`t get Lyme disease here. My first question for you is about the bite. I have been trying to remember any bad bites and then I had an idea. Is it always round? I came home from Mexico 3 years ago with a huge red mark on the back of my calf. It was a weird shape - a roundish area but had a line going down from it. My best guess was a jellyfish sting, but I did not feel it happen. So I am wondering about this weird shape, as well as whether or not Mexico has ticks that cause Lyme disease. Any insight?
My symptoms did not begin until a month or two after my Mexico trip. I began having terrible headaches, a pressure feeling in my head and ears, vertigo, photosensitivity, visions problems and a very sore neck and gland area. This is also the time that I got shingles for the first time in my life. With the exception of the shingles, I still have these symptoms, although they have all grown in intensity and I have developed more over the years. The pain is crazy behind my eyeballs. I feel like I am going to lose it when there is loud noise - especially if there is more than one of them at a time. I actually can`t think through 2 different noises. I know that many of these things are Lyme symptoms, but many could be from other things as well. The symptom that confuses me the most is regarding my vision and I found an article last week that claims there is a connection between this symptom and Lyme, but I have not read it anywhere else. So please let me know if you have heard of it. I have been having problems with visual accommodation (ability to focus from near to far) - mine is very delayed and makes me dizzy. Another part of it is called convergence insufficiency, where I can not turn my right eye in the same as my left to focus on something up close and I have problems tracking. Has anyone heard of this? I have seen my eye doctor 8-10 times and an opthomologist as well over the past 3 years and I keep getting told that my eyes are perfectly healthy and I have 20-20 vision and I should see my doctor. Like I said earlier, I think my doctor has given up on me. I may just order the kit from Igenix. Has anyone from Canada gone that route and if so, did your Canadian doctor cooperate after you received a diagnosis from the states?
If you have any info or feedback regarding my questions, they would be sooo much appreciated. Thanks!!