Hi youngcd12 - welcome to our community!
Yes, you were definitely exposed - whether from blood to blood transfer...or from one of the many ticks on the deer.
Symptoms do vary from person to person.
But the fatigue, in addition to the decline in cognitive ability and brain fog are common symptoms of lyme.
For the first three months I did not have joint pain, headaches or nausea. (No flu like symptoms).
(I still have not had headaches or nausea)
I think you are wise to see a LLMD for an evaluation and treatment.
We encourage all new members to take a look through the thread at the top of the page titled: "New to Lyme?..Start Here!" It's packed full of useful information.
If you need help finding a LLMD, you can start a new thread titled: "Looking for LLMD in/nearJ____" and fill in the blank. then enable your email option (through My Profile) so members can send you names privately. We don't post the names on here for privacy reasons.
In addition to members' recommendations, you can also contact the ILADS Physician Referral:ilads.org/ilads_media/physician-referral/
You can also email me - by clicking on he envelop below my screen name on the left. I will check my lists and send you what I have in the area you are looking.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi