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Old 08-23-2004, 03:42 AM   #1
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Does a Lyme Disease infection ever go away by itself?

What are my chances, if I have Lyme, that it will go away on its own? I know our bodies can defeat other infections, can it defeat Lyme? I had a tick incident back in late March of this year, where me and my friend were wandering through some brush up in the foothills near my home (Bay Area, Northern California). When we were in his car, around 15 minutes later, we saw ticks crawling on the dash. Needless to say, we were literally covered in ticks. I guess it's best to stay on trails. We got out of the car and shook off.

I've been having a pounding heart, floaty black things in my eyes, trouble talking (can't think of words and such), stiff lower lip, can't sweat (even when it's 100 degrees, and I'm just burning up), twitches all over my face and body, including ear drums, ear pain, constant loud ringing in ears, messed up sleep pattern and waking up in the middle of the morning, blood pressure up 50 points (only systolic), and now I've even gotten hemorrhoids and a cyst in my testicles. How embarrassing! (had cold sweats, fever, cough, tremor, easy startle, when symptoms first began, but thankfully those subsided). Been getting weird black and blue marks without actually bruising anything, they don't hurt, then go away. Also been getting some weird rashes that look like a numerous bug bites. They go away in a couple days. May be bug bites I don't really know. Have swollen glands on and off. Don't recall a "bulls eye" rash though?


I didn't think anything of the ticks until I found Lyme disease on the internet last week. First doctor said it was stress. Second doctor said I have a sinus node arrhythmia and suspects a thyroid problem. I am going back in to him for a physical next week. How could my health deteriorate so quickly, and how could I get all these symptoms at once? I didn't tell my first doc about the tick because I didn't know about Lyme, so I didn't even think of it. Second doc said Lyme would take years before spreading to organs and causing me these problems. I'm only 20 years old and I feel like I've aged 40 years in the last 5 months! I eat right, exercise a ton, am not overweight, don't do drugs or drink, and am (err...WAS) healthier than anyone I know.

It seems that the only connection is the tick bites---but I can't even confirm they bit me. They were just on me, for maybe half an hour tops, then I brushed off the ones I saw and thought nothing more of it. They're may have been small ones under my clothes though, I just shook myself off. Now I'm worried. Where would the rash have been? I didn't really check myself for those weeks I was really feeling sick, flu like symptoms, because I just thought I got the flu. If the rash was on my scalp or back I never would have seen or checked. I keep feeling worse as time goes on. I don't have joint pains though?

All my symptoms seem to point to Lyme disease, I have most of the symptoms on the symptom lists I've seen floating around online, but most notably not the bulls eye rash (would it be gone by now?) nor the arthritis. I see overlap with thyroid diseases but they don't account for my mental problems as of late. I am so fatigued I sleep 14 hours a day, whereas I used to work out all the time, exercise, and be active. Now I can't get out of bed, and have no energy even after sleeping.

Could this be Lyme? Should I find a doctor that will test me, or should I just go with my doctors diagnosis, next week, when I see him again (he already ruled out Lyme disease though when I asked if this could be from a recent tick bite)? Will the infection go away by itself, if that's really what I have? I'm really having problems with my memory now too as I'll put things down then wander around for 20 minutes looking for it, put it down again and go through the same process over and over again like a moron. This is only in the last couple of months. My great uncle did this too when he was really old, he had Alzheimer's, so I'm kind of worried about that too, but we weren't blood relatives.

I'm concerned I may really just be a hypochondriac...possibly this really is just stress? I don't want to play doctor and pretend I can diagnose myself, but I don't want to end up with a false diagnosis when it was really a Lyme infection...If I do get diagnosed with something else, yet this is really Lyme, will it ever go away by itself? Any suggestions??

 
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Old 08-23-2004, 06:19 AM   #2
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Re: Does a Lyme Disease infection ever go away by itself?

Hi James II1984, welcome to the board

You are not a hypochondriac and I do not believe your symptoms are caused from stress. Although a bullseye rash is a definite sign of Lyme disease, only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash. You had several ticks on you that you know of. There may have been others also. Any one could have infected you. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused from the bite of an infected tick. It needs to be treated with antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria. It will not go away on its own.

Your symptoms sound like Lyme to me. Besides Lyme, ticks can transmit co-infections--Babeiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected so it is very important to be tested for these. Some of your symptoms sound like they may be from Babesiosis also.

It is extremely important to see a knowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand tickborne illnesses and follow outdated protocols. Undertreated or untreated Lyme can be serious and debilitating. No Lyme test is completely reliable. A knowledgeable doctor will consider your entire history.

I know of a Lyme doctor in San Francisco who comes highly recommended. Would you like his name?

Hang in there okay?

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Old 08-23-2004, 04:10 PM   #3
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Re: Does a Lyme Disease infection ever go away by itself?

Hello Ticker,
Thank you for the response. If I got tested for Lyme, would the doctor order a test for those other infections as well, or would those show up in the Lyme test? Can those also be cured with antibiotics?

Also, you say you know of a good doctor in San Francisco that can maybe diagnose (and hopefully treat) if I have Lyme? I would definitely be interested in his name. You can e-mail his name to me if you like, I believe I set up this account to accept e-mails from board members. If you know of any doctors in San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos, or basically anwhere in the South Bay it would be greatly appreciated too. Thanks.

 
Old 08-23-2004, 07:06 PM   #4
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Hi James,
I'm seeing a Lyme Specialist in Los Altos, her name is Dr. Christine Green. (650) 964-6700. I'm new on here and my brain cannot process all the posting rules so I hope I don't get the boot for posting a phone #! I wish you the best.

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Old 08-23-2004, 07:23 PM   #5
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James II94 -

I am living your nightmare right down to the hemmroids - mine was internal - I have never had them - and it bled - I ended up in the ER. I started out feeling awful in May - read my earlier post this week. Just recently had this boil like cyst thing in my groin area which caused a swollen glands. I mean everything is pointing me in the same place...the bruising on my legs has been insane with these little red dots that look like chiggers beside them.

I am getting very paranoid reading your post...but that is a symptoms of Lyme too isn't it?!? But it does just make me take pause for a moment. Then I remember that you were covered in ticks so maybe this is affirmation that I have a tick borne illness for sure too.

I had the opposite reaction where all I do is sweat. I mean to the point where it is rolling down my legs when it is hot.

I was just in the ER today after having a weird sensation in my arm like it was going numb.

Oh my gosh - I am reading your post and it is me to a tee...I am freaked now. I don't remember a bite either. I am 34 years old and row and have always been really healthy. I eat well - no preservatives or additives, barely drink, never smoked...

Please stay in touch with me. Oh man, I was starting to think I was a hypochondriac...I am a lot concerned at this point after reading your post...although I just moved to a deer and tick infested area.

Lets see each other through this...

ncgirl88

 
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Oh James II

I started with lower left quandrant pain - went to the OB/GYN - then to the gastro when it turned into digestive issues...I have had the ear thing going on - as well the only arthritis like feelings are those I have had in my lower back in the morning.

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Re: Does a Lyme Disease infection ever go away by itself?

Hi JamesII1984, I am happy to help.

A Lyme doctor would most likely order the co-infection tests. They are all separate tests. Babesiosis is similar to malaria, and needs to be treated with a combination of an antibiotic and anti-malarial. The other infections are treated with antibiotics.

Emails cannot be sent from this site. The Lyme doctor in San Francisco who comes highly recommended is Dr. Rapheal Stricker. The doctor that Jennsen mentions also comes highly recommended.

Good luck! Please keep us posted.

 
Old 08-24-2004, 04:15 PM   #8
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Jensenn--Thanks for the info in Dr. Green in Los Altos. That's good and local. I'll give her a call.

Hey ncgirl--thanks for the response. I just read your post about the wasted summer. I feel the same way. But some days I feel OK and I question myself. The palpitations never go away, nor do the spots in the eyes, and the little things, but some days my memory is fine, and I'm not that fatigued---on those days I think I am a hypochondriac. You'd never tell by looking at me that I didn't fell anything but chirpy (except for the fact that you won't see me sitting down for my than 5 minutes because of the pain of the hemmorhoids). Are hemmorhoids a symptom? You say you had them too. I also have never, ever had them before. I feel dumb for trying to be so healthy all my life (havent even touched red meat since I was 10), but now after reading your post, and some of the others, I really do think I probably have an infection. I'm going to go to my regular doctor on this coming Tues, and have a physical, to make sure there's nothing else that could be causing this, then if there isn't, I'm going to go to a Lyme specialist. I don't want this to progress to arthritis if I really do have Lyme. I wish you good luck and hope you get better.

 
Old 08-24-2004, 04:17 PM   #9
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Thanks for the docs ticker!

 
Old 08-24-2004, 04:49 PM   #10
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Hey James,

Well I am starting to think rectal bleeding and hemmroids are in some people part of all of this. Another list member wrote that she experienced it as well. What a bummer.

At this point I have been on the doxy for four days and god the neurological symptoms are really annoying I guess from the die off. I managed to get in to see and infectious disease specialist tomorrow so we shall see.

If possible I would go to the Lyme specialist no matter what your GP says. Just good to cover your bases. I wish you luck too and healthy days ahead.

 
Old 08-24-2004, 04:51 PM   #11
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Oh one more thing - I have my good days and bad too which makes it really maddening...and hard to schedule appointments in the beginning because you think maybe I am improving. Just crazy stuff.

 
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