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NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE

NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE

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Posted by ARLA MARTIN on January 20, 2000 at 11:53:53:

I WAS JUST DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE THREE DAYS AGO AND IT WAS A RELIEF AS WELL AS A DISASTER. I WAS ILL FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS AND I KEPT GOING BACK AND FORTH TO THE DOCTOR AND THEY KEPT TELLING ME THAT I HAD SOME KIND OF MENTAL ILLNESS. I KNOW MY SELF AND I KNEW THAT WASN'T TRUE. SO I KEPT GOING BACK AND BACK AND THEN THEY SUGGESTED THAT I SEE APSYCHIATRISTS BECAUSE THE SYMPTOMS OF DIZZINESS, FATIGUE, HEADACHES, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST PAIN(RIGHT AROUND THE HEART AREA), NUMBNESS, TINGLING, PAIN,........ JUST TO NAME A FEW WERE ALL SYMPTOMS OF PANIC DISORDER. SO I FOLLOWED THERE INSTRUCTIONS AND STARTED SEEING A COUNSELOR AND PSYCHIATRISTS AS WELL AS NEUROLOGIST. ALL OF THEM SEEMED TO AGREE THAT THESE SYMPTOMS WERE ALL IN MY MIND AND THAT I NEED TO BE ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND SEDATIVES. I TOOK THE MEDICATIONS HOPING TO GET SOME TYPE OF RELIEF WHICH I GOT VERY LITTLE. FINALLY I WENT TO INTERNAL MEDICINE AND TOLD THE DOC THERE THAT I KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME AND I WANT HIM TO TEST ME FOR EVERYTHING THAT HE COULD THINK OF. HE WENT ON TO TELL EMTHAT HE WOULD BUT HE KNEW THAT THEY WOULD ALL COME BACK NEGATIVE AND HE SUGGESTED ANOTHER ANTIDEPRESSANT FOR ME. I WENT HOME AND WAITED WEEKS AND WEEKS FOR RESULTS AND ALL CAME BACK NEGATIVE. JUST WHEN I WAS GIVING UP HOPE A TEST CAME BACK INDICATING THAT I MIGHT HAVE LYME DISEASE BUT IT NEEDED TO BE SENT OUT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION. THE TEST TOOK ABOUT 3 WEEKS TO COME BACK WHICH FELT LIKE MONTHS,AND THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TEST CAME BACK I HAD GIVEN UP ONE MORE TIME AND TOLD MY HUSBAND THAT MAYBE I AM CRAZY AND I NEED SOME MORE HELP.(PSYCHIATRIC THAT WAS). HE COMFORTED ME AND TOLD ME TO GO TO SLEEP. WHICH I DID. WHEN I WOKE UP THE NEXT MORNING I CALLED THE LAB AS I DID EVERY DAY TO SEE IF MY TEST RESULTS WERE IN. THEY SAID YES AND I RUSHED OVER TO THE LAB TO PICK UP A COPY. I READ IT AND IT DID SAY THAT IT WAS POSITIVE BUT I WAS STILL THINKING THAT I MISINTERPRETTED THE RESULT. SO MY DOCTOR CALLED ME THE NEXT DAY AND CONFIRMED THAT IT WAS POSITIVE AND PUT ME ON ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT FOR 21 DAYS. THIS IS LIKE ONE OF THE WORSE THINGS TO ENCOUNTER!


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