Posted 10/7/2014 4:38 PM (GMT -6)
I'm at the end of my rope here and am looking, searching for any insight on my current condition. I'm a 22 yo female who was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 19 after spending 2 years with phantom back pain and irregular periods. After countless ER visits and lab tests, I was finally given a name to my condition. I was given Metformin to help regulate my insulin production (I HATED IT) to supposedly "cure" my PCOS. Obviously, it didn't work and I am still living with back pain (kidney area) and irregular periods.
My husband found a tick on my back about 2 years ago and we successfully removed it - no rash appeared in the time that followed. I should also add my husband is an avid hunter and I have found ticks on both of my dogs on more than one occasion. We've been together 7 years so I know that my chances of exposure to ticks are greater than some. I'm also aware that ticks are not the only carriers of Lyme disease.
Ironically after my tick bite I began experiencing symptoms I never have dealt with before. Fatigue, weakened immune system (I'm sick all of the time) change in blood pressure and pulse and now I am dealing with on and off chest pains. Back in July of this year I visited my Dr. to figure out what was causing such extreme symptoms and I told her about my tick bite 2 years prior -- she ordered an Elisa test along with a CBC. I received a call about a week later from my local health department stating that my Elisa came back positive and that I indeed have Lyme disease. At this point, I was shocked because I had no idea what Lyme disease even was, but I was glad to know that it was something treatable. Unfortunately, my Western Blot came back negative so my Dr. can't treat me for Lyme disease. I went to see a Naturopath and she ordered a CD-57 test which also came back negative. So, I was left empty handed. I was then sent to a Rheumatologist to rule out any possible autoimmune diseases. Lucky me! My appt. was last Friday and it was horrible. Now I'm being told I may have sacrolitis, possibly even Ankylosing spondylitis. I truly have no clue what any of that means, but I do know that I would like some definite answers. Feeling this way every day is truly exhausting and it's now effecting my work and life at home.
If anyone has insight or suggestions, please do so.
Thank you so much!!!!