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Old 01-13-2004, 11:38 AM   #1
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Am I a hypochondriac?

Hi again, I have a few more question. To anyone that has Lymes do these symptoms match or look like lymes. I feel like I am being a hypochondriac. I could have a bad case of vestibuleritis with restless leg syndrome, if it causes pain in legs. I have had other symptoms in past that only last a while then disapear. Like a racing heart at night, twiching of the face, etc. Most of these symptoms started after back to back to back flu- like symptoms 3 days after stoping a months prescription of protonix. 2 days after a very hard days work in the sun a. 2 weeks after a trip to the swamps of the carolina low country, camping trip. I had no rash and have not seen a tick in a while, but have been bitten many times in past. Should I pursue this, and if I dont have money how will I ever see a LLD. Thank You.


Symptoms since 6/24/03

Vertigo Off and on through out July 2003
Dizziness From June to August 2003
Lightheaded From August to present
Foggy, spaced out Through out, 24/7
Head aches at temples Off and on from June to September
Neck aches at base of skull, Always with headaches

Eyes Slow to react Through out, 24/7
Slow to focus Through out, 24/7
Light sensitive Several years

Ears Full feeling Through out, 24/7
E-tubes crackle, open and close Off and on, through out

Nose Stuffed but dry Through out, 24/7
Popping at bridge of nose Off and on, through out

Sinuses Under eye hurts when clearing nose Off and on, through out

Jaw Pops and hurts during chewing Off and on, through out
Glands under jaw swell and hurt Always with headaches

Tingling sensations in arms, legs, back and shoulders Through out, 24/7
Icy hot feelings in back From August to present
night sweats Off and on, through out
Hot and cold sensitive, chills Off and on, through out

Acid Reflux Several years
Heartburn January 2003 to June 2003
Frequent urination Off and on, through out

Leg pain, knees & ankles Several years
Anxiety SAD since the age of 12
Fatigue Off and on, through out
Sleeping problems Off and on, through out
Unexplained flu-like symptoms 4-5 times a year several years
Palms of hand crack and peel Several years, off and on
Small pus blisters on palms Several years, off and on
Red blisters/peeling top of hands Several years, off and on
Thick yellow nails(5 toe, 1 thumb) Several years, off and on
Swollen lymph nodes in groin in 1992, lasted most of year, biopsy showed reactive hyper plesure. Whatever that means?

Derek.

 
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Old 01-14-2004, 07:57 PM   #2
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Re: Am I a hypochondriac?

Below are symptoms from your list that have bothered me too in the past. I began treatment for Lyme in October and generally feel better most of the time and freed from some of these irritating physical problems.

I don't know if you've seen the symptom checklist or not but you have some classic symptoms. Do some research first but if I were you I'd go see a Lyme Doctor asap and get yourself POS insurance.




Symptoms since 6/24/03
Dizziness From June to August 2003
Lightheaded From August to present
Foggy, spaced out Through out, 24/7
Head aches at temples Off and on from June to September
Neck aches at base of skull, Always with headaches
Eyes Slow to react Through out, 24/7
Slow to focus Through out, 24/7
Light sensitive Several years
Glands under jaw swell and hurt Always with headaches. (Always)
Leg pain, knees & ankles Several years
Anxiety SAD since the age of 12
Fatigue Off and on, through out
Sleeping problems Off and on, through out

 
Old 02-07-2004, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Am I a hypochondriac?

I have also had the same feelings but mine also include some digestive issues and some vision issues... I have felt this way since summer. At that time the screening test for lyme came back positive but the back up test came back negative. My Dr. had me take Ammoxicillin for 3 weeks and have a repeat test. This time both came back negative. I still feel this way and wonder if my last test was a false negative. My Dr. says that I no longer have Lyme and he is not sure what my problem is. I am going to see a neurologist soon and have an MRI, but I wonder if this is just related to a stubborn Lyme infection.

Symptoms since 6/24/03
Dizziness From June to August 2003
Lightheaded From August to present
Foggy, spaced out Through out, 24/7
Head aches at temples Off and on from June to September
Neck aches at base of skull, Always with headaches
Eyes Slow to react Through out, 24/7
Fatigue

 
Old 02-10-2004, 04:03 PM   #4
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Re: Am I a hypochondriac?

smc6112, three weeks of treatment is not long enough for Lyme Disease. It is often undertreated by many doctors. I suggest that you get copies of all your Lyme tests. You had a positive test and still have the same symtpoms, so you should be treated. Most Lyme doctors treat until all symptoms are gone plus at least two months later.

It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor and be tested for the co-infections that ticks can also transmit--Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis HME & HGE, and Bartonella.

 
Old 02-10-2004, 04:09 PM   #5
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Re: Am I a hypochondriac?

Hi Derek, believe me you are not a hypochondriac. Lyme symptoms often migrate and come in cycles. Only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash and many are bitten without knowing it because ticks are so small.

Yes I definitely think you should see a knowledgeable Lyme doctor and also be tested for the co-infections that ticks can transmit--Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis HME & HGE and Bartonella. I have had Babesiosis and many of your symptoms are hallmark signs of it (particularly the night sweats, headaches, dizziness, and heart racing).

 
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