Diagnosed with ibs but can it be Lyme? Please please help
I had a tick bite about 4 years ago. Didn't know much about Lyme disease back then so I didn't worry too much. Didn't have a bull eyes rash or felt sick so it never crossed my mind to get treated for Lyme four years ago.
Fast forward to 2 1/2 years later and I can't figure out what is wrong with me. For about a year, I have been feeling quite "funny, weird, strange". I feel different. It first started with my colon. My lower left abdomen had a sausage like lump that came and went. My bowel movement started to change, I started having more frequent bowel movements with pallet like stools. Then at times I started to feel extremely tired and, occasionally I would feel disoriented. I also get frequent headaches that put a lot of pressure in one eye. For the past year, I haven't had a full night rest as I feel like I am always half awake at night due to discomfort in my colon. Sometimes when i lie my head on my pillow! I feel like my head weighs a million ton. I also randomly get weird small red itching insect bite marks all over my skin that comes and goes (1 to 2 small bumps would appear and disappear if I don't scratch it).
Recently had a colonoscopy done due to my change in bowel movement, blood
in stool, and sausage like lump. Test results came back negative (did not find anything). The doctor diagnosed me with IBS.
I have read many topics on this forum regarding being diagnosed with IBS and
Lyme disease. For those who were diagnosed with IBS, what was your story and how did you come to find that it wasn't IBS?
I am concern it might be Lyme because of all the other symptoms and the tick bite a few years ago.
How much does it cost to get tested and treated for Lyme? Please help. I have been concerned with this for a really long time but when my dr suggested that I get a colonoscopy as it may provide me with answers, I was hoping I would get them. But with negative results for colonoscopy, blood test, etc, it makes me come back to this forum searching.
Last edited by pleasehelp101; 05-23-2011 at 12:26 AM.