Hello. A little over a month ago my back was quite itchy but I didn't think anything of it. About a week later I asked my husband to scratch it for me and he noticed I had a bullseye rash. We never saw a tick. It got worse the next day and was quite large and then started getting inflamed and sore. I went to my doctor and when I asked about Lyme disease he said to keep an eye on it and if it was indeed LD the rash would get much bigger. ?? Anyway, I did research on my own and bugged him on the phone until he gave me an antibiotic. I was on doxycycline for 14 days. During the first few days I felt sick but that stopped and I felt better and the rash faded. I finished the antibiotic last Friday and I have been SO tired. I am not the 'nap-taking' type and have been doing that lately. I have other issues so it's hard to tell about my knees, but they have been extra sore. I also have had pain in my rib area on the right under my breast, very sore. Now the past 2 days I've had a sore throat and at night I feel feverish although my temperature is running low, 96-97 which isn't unusual for me when I don't feel well. I have been under a lot of stress lately, we have a pet that is very ill and they are like my children. I don't know if this could be something to do with LD or just stress.. ?
Any insight or suggestions?
Thank-you very much in advance.
If you have not done so, be sure to get photos of your rash if you still have it or if it comes back. Place something near it, like a coin or ruler, before photographing to give it size defintion.
Although only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash, a bulls-eye rash is a definite sign of Lyme. It does not have to be a certain size. The rash alone merits treatment.
What dose of Doxy did you take? Two weeks is never long enough treatment for Lyme.
Below is a Lyme symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms.
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
Lyme disease can also cause a low body temp.
It is very important to see a kowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. No test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab.
Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. It is estimated that 60% of people who have Lyme are co-infected. It may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. You need to be tested for these.
If you need a doctor recommendation, let us know.
It sounds like your infection is early which is good. Getting the proper treatment early in the infection may reduce the chance of long-term complications. Early infections are the easiest to cure. I cannot stress this enough. It is hard to imagine how serious and debilitating tick-borne illnesses can be if untreated or under-treated.
It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses (on-line). He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the book "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease
(2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.
I am sorry your pet is sick. I also believe they are part of the family. What is wrong?
Thank-you for the information.
I would appreciate some help in finding an appropriate doctor for this. I am in NC, is there anyone you can recommend?
One of my parrots is quite ill and I am definitely feeling stressed over it but I think it's more than that and am just concerned it may be more symptoms of LD.
I forgot to post about the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx). Are you familiar with it? Often, when people who have Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms become worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are released making them feel sicker. It can be very scary when it happens, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working. Although it can vary individually, many people experience this at the beginning of treatment and every three to four weeks.
You may not have experienced this since you took the antibiotics for only two weeks.
There was a good Lyme doctor in NC, but he is in the process of relocating. I do not know of any others in the state. The closest ones I know of are in the MD/DC area. Would you like their names? Also check to see if there are any Lyme support groups in your state. They may be able to recommend a doctor.
Thank-you again Ticker. I forgot to mention that I was prescribed 100mg of doxycycline for 2 weeks. Looking back, I did have the herx symptoms I believe. 2 to 3 days after starting the antibiotic I felt sick, feverish and had a bad headache but it went away in a couple of days.
I did find a doctor nearby but they are closed today and I won't even be able to make an appointment until Monday.