In 1996, I found a bullseye rash on my leg. Within 2 days, I felt like I had the flu - bad. I went to the doctor. He suspected it as Lyme, but back then, the tests were notoriously unreliable (i was told). So, he prescribed anti-biotics and told me to come back if I didn't feel better in a few days.
I felt better, and finished the small round of antibiotics (don't remember which ones).
Ever since then, I have had cardiac issues: I have had atrial fib 3x, although I can't necessarily attribute that to Lyme, as I had an afib episode in '95 after drinking a frozen drink too fast. My heart is fine, except for a bundle branch blockage, which I've been told is why I get a fib.
I live in a wooded rural area on 3 acres; there are tons of deer and mice. In fact, I live in one of the worst places for Lyme - Loudoun Co, VA.
Aside from the A-fib, I have had other medical issues, which I suspect could be Lyme-related: fatigue, low energy, heart palpitations, adrenaline rush, anxiety, panic, poor sleep, etc.
Lately, the above symptoms have been worse. I'm wondering if I never fully removed my infection from '96, or if I have been re-infected, which is a possibility, considering where I live.
Adding to that, is a case of severe thoracic scoliosis, which leaves me always tired in the back and shoulders. And I'm not getting any younger
So, I've been putting off dealing with my persistent ailments, mainly because my job requires me to hold a medical clearance. The company doc is a stickler for anything wrong with you, and especially taking drugs to aid in relief. But, I'm to the point now, where I want to feel "good" again, or at least okay.
My first step will be to go to my cardiologist, and have a checkup on the heart. After that, is where I'm less certain - my normal doctor I don't trust very much, and so I'm in the process of trying to find a good one. Also thinking about going to a Lyme Specialist and getting tested and seeing what comes up.
I'm 47, but feel like I'm 87. Part of that is aging and also my back issues. But I'm hoping that some of it is something that can be treated.
Thanks for reading this long intro.