not sure what to do now
Hello all...I have been reading postings and now have decided to write...out of fear i think... and ignorance....Three months ago I went to the clinic because i was out in the sun for a few hours and broke out in a measle like rash on the insides of my arms and my legs, my ankles and feet began to swell and I decided it was time to go....Doc said it was probably an allergic reaction to something, could be anything....I decided to share with him some other health issues that had been bothering me (figured I'd get my moneys worth!)....hands were stiff upon waking....feet felt as though they were bricks....glands on the back of my neck were swollen....that got his gears turning and he wanted to test for Lyme though he felt it was a long shot....I remembered pulling a tick off the back of my neck maybe a month before....I waited a week for results and sure enough i was positive, nurse said good news was that they did another test to test the "levels" and mine seemed to be low, hopefully easy to treat...I was shocked and scared I had noticed the same rash on my three year old daughters forehead and along her hairline...hers had come and gone in a day or two...I now wanted both my children tested (my 7 yr old came home from a school field trip with a tick on his back). I feared for my entire family my yard is the one everyone plays in!!!! We had ticks so bad they were climbing the walls of the house, we had the bug guy spray and poof they were gone....So I was scared for all of us....I had my nephew tested....they would not test my niece (tick, but no symptoms), my roommate, my best friend her two kids and my children...out of all of them My baby girl tested positive, three years old...i was mortified...They put her on amoxiciilin for ten days and pharmacist did not think that was enough so I had to practically beg the nurse to extend it to 21 days....they put me on Doxy 100mg tab twice a day for 21 days felt better after about a week but still had tingling, numbness, stiff joints....finally the last week I felt energy again...for about a week. Then I started to feel the symptoms creep back...I think a lot of you understand when I say you can 'feel' this take over....Doc put me on another 21 days of doxy 100mg twice a day....still am tired having joint pain but feel better....hoping to end this all soon....I am worried about my daughter how can a three yr. old tell you how she is feeling....was her treatment enough....they did not do the 'levels' test on her. Will my treatment be enough? Reading other postings I am unsure...I am in NW Illinois and I know Lyme is abundant here... neighbors, friends, and so on have tested positive....but all rely on the local docs....should i look further? Any thoughts would be wonderful....just trying to do the best for my baby....thanks for listening!