Hello all, this is my first time being on this website and I am looking for opinions. I am 21 years old and female.
I have been through an array of symptoms recently and have been on a desperate search for some answers. Last summer I was in Maine where I went hiking and spent a lot of time in tick ridden areas, which likely I could've been bitten by a tick - however, I don't recall any significant bites. I also lived in Pennsylvania near the woods when I was 6 years old for two years. After I returned from Maine that summer I felt fine, but I went through a stressful family situation. After this, I started suffering from heart palpitations and dizziness. I went to the hospital twice, both times it was riddled down to anxiety. I had a CT scan of my head, MRI with and without contrast of my head and cervical spine. Everything was apparently normal.
Along with the heart palpitations I started to experience widespread numbness across my body that would come and go. It traveled from my arms to my face to my legs (where it still remains but comes and goes - it is at its worst at night.) I have also had occasionally numbness in my right pinky finger that lasts a few days at a time. My eye sight has gone from perfect to quite blurry and I have started to get serious bouts of vertigo which are definitely extremely agitated by fluorescent lighting. Going into supermarkets or crowded stores is a challenge. My body has also started widespread twitching (mostly painless but still annoying) mostly concentrated in my calves, knees, and thighs but can appear anywhere such as my stomach and arms and chest.
I have read quite a few posts of Lyme patients suffering from what they describe as "head zaps" and I can say I that I have experienced those. Its like a mini head rush combined with electricity that I feel going through my head. I used to get 30+ a day but now it has gone down to about
maybe 1 or 2 a day. Along with this, I have started developing random rashes that consist of red bumps and are very itchy - very similar to an allergic reaction. The first time it was across both my forearms but went away over night. Currently, there is a rash around my entire neck. I also have swollen lymph nodes on both sides of my neck - I'm not sure how long they've been swollen.. I randomly happened to feel one side and then checked the other and they were both swollen. The larger one is about
an inch in length - both are squishy and moveable. I also have a constant buzzing feeling throughout my body that feels like a vibrating sensation that I can't shake.
As far as blood work goes, the majority has come up normal. My TSH did read 2.67 and my doctor suspected developing hypothyroidism due to my strong family history. I have read that Lyme can mimic this though. The only truly abnormal blood result was an AM Cortisol read of 26.8 on where the maximum on the scale was 22.
I'd like to hear your opinions and discuss with you all and get your valued opinions. I've been having these symptoms going on 7 or 8 months now and really would like some relief. Thank you!
Post Edited (VikingGirl) : 7/6/2017 5:47:12 PM (GMT-6)