Summer of 2016 I was bitten by several ticks. I had my husband pull one off my back. I pulled one off my stomach, my leg, and my thigh.
By September 2016, I had "The Rash" but had no idea it was "The rash."
October2016-January 2017 I was so sick. You name it I got it. Cold from hell. Flu. Rinse/repeat. Mind you, I'm the person everyone hates, as I typically NEVER get sick. I'm the eat healthy, work out 6 days a week kinda person.
When I went to the doc (urgent care) in Jan 2017 for the flu, I showed her my rash, she immediately said "That looks like Lyme Disease." But only said to check with my regular doc.
Fast forward to march 2017 I finally break down and go to the doc for Lyme. She immediately says yes it is, lets start the protocall - and I foolishly said no, lets do a blood test. Came back negative, so I thought HA! Having no idea at that time, that most come back negative.
The rash moves. It comes and goes. Right now it's a lovely bulls-eye on my lower stomach. I also have a few other rashes above it, and on the opposite side.
When it comes I feel HORRIBLE. Fatigue doesn't quite explain it. Flu like symptoms, with a constant lower back ache, legs ache... I just ache. Nothing tastes good. I'm so cold all the time. (fevers) exhausted. I have days where I feel like ME... and then I'm knocked down. I haven't worked out in two years. (not like me) I've gained 55lbs, and I don't see how, as eating is a chore. I get sharp pains in the side of the bulls-eye, out of the blue, random, that feel like a quick STAB, then it's gone. Headaches. Dull, throbbing kind that linger.
So I broke down today, after the last few months of feeling like absolute crud, and made an appointment with the doc tomorrow. I kinda feel like an idiot for waiting so long, but like others have said, this thing plays mind games with you. I thought because the blood test was negative, I was fine. The rash went away... but like I said, it comes and goes. each time it comes back, it's bigger, and in a slightly different place on the right side of my stomach.
I'm scared for tomorrow. You don't know how many times I've thought I should get this checked again, and then it goes away and I feel fine, so I think Am I crazy?
I just want to feel like ME again. It's been 2 years of a constant merry go round.
Thanks for listening.