How long after the tick bite can Lyme disease develop?
I have many of the symptoms of Lyme disease. I had a blood test for Lyme, and it came back negative. I've been tested for Lupus, ms, arthritis,...etc, but my rheumatologist says they all come back negative. My labs show that my CRP and sed rate are very high, and my white cell count is on the high side. Right now I am on plaquenil and prednisone for the inflammation.
I am 43 years old. I was bitten by ticks when I was age 12-13, and I have a vague memory of getting a small bullseye rash during that time. I don't remember getting sick at that time. Is it possible to have gotten Lyme from that long ago? Would it stay dormant in my system for all these years? I've been sick for about 7 years now, but it has been a gradual thing. i started getting low grade fevers and joint stiffness, and it has progressed from there. I can barely function now.
Any information on the length of time Lyme bacteria can stay in the body would be appreciated.