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    Old 11-11-2008, 09:32 PM   #1
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    how long can lyme lay dormant?

    I know that I was bitten by a tick when I was 7, I am now 31. Over the last 2years I have gone downhill medically from various injuries/illneses/accidents. Some of those things can be explained but a lot cannot based on the tests the Dr.'s have done so far. Within the last 3 months or so, I have many neurological problems that keep showing up, unexplained, at least yet. A lot of them do fit within the symptoms of lyme but other than the tick 24 years ago, I don't have any knowledge of any other bites. I know it could have happened and not have known.

    Anyone think it's possible that I could have been infected way back when and just now started showing symptoms?

    Thanks!

     
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    Old 11-12-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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    Re: how long can lyme lay dormant?

    I am in a similiar boat. What symptoms are you having?

     
    Old 11-12-2008, 05:29 PM   #3
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    Re: how long can lyme lay dormant?

    Spirochetal diseases can lay dormant for many years, even decades, or the symptoms may be so subtle that they are not recognized.

    If all else fails, then I would suggest that you request that your doctor prescribe a long term course of a tetracycline class antibiotic. These antibiotics are very safe, with a very low incidence of adverse effects, and are very inexpensive. They are commonly used to treat adult acne, and so are likely to be the least controversial when trying to obtaining a long term prescription, to treat a suspected case of Lyme Disease.

     
    Old 11-12-2008, 06:59 PM   #4
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    Re: how long can lyme lay dormant?

    My Symptoms:

    chronic tension headache, blurred vison, chronic sinusitus, ear infection, hearing loss, ringing in ears, memory loss, confusion, movement disorder w/ tongue, chronic unexplained tooth pain, hot flashes, chills, fever, night sweats, TMJ, severe pain radiating into head arms and legs, tremors, vibrating, shaking, bladder problems, skin sensation changes, unknown movement disorder in nose, difficulty falling asleep, loss of coordination, severly enlarged tongue (due to movement disorder).

    hmmm, I am sure there are more but that's all I can remember now!

     
    Old 11-12-2008, 08:22 PM   #5
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    Re: how long can lyme lay dormant?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hpatrice View Post
    My Symptoms:

    chronic tension headache, blurred vison, chronic sinusitus, ear infection, hearing loss, ringing in ears, memory loss, confusion, movement disorder w/ tongue, chronic unexplained tooth pain, hot flashes, chills, fever, night sweats, TMJ, severe pain radiating into head arms and legs, tremors, vibrating, shaking, bladder problems, skin sensation changes, unknown movement disorder in nose, difficulty falling asleep, loss of coordination, severly enlarged tongue (due to movement disorder).

    hmmm, I am sure there are more but that's all I can remember now!
    hpatrice,

    i am in the same boat as you. i also cannot remember a tick bite past the eighth grade. i also contracted mono around the same time. ever since i can remember i have had some sort of symptom of lymes although i never knew that then. i just contributed alot of things on hormones, stress, and physical activity bc i've always been super active. i have a lot of the same symptoms as you. i periodically just forget my whole train of thought which is quite embarrassing at work among other things. my symptoms really pointing to a lymes diagnosis only came 6 months ago and i am 26. you really need to get a western blot done and confirm with a doc if you have it. i've been on abx for a week and feel less foggy every day although my joints are killing me. but each day gets marginally better than the next. good luck. have you seen any docs, what have they said??? marina

     
    Old 11-12-2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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    Re: how long can lyme lay dormant?

    amm4711,
    I have been to many Dr.'s. The headaches, TMJ, neck pain they think is caused by a car accident 2 yrs ago. I hurt my low back, this Aug which was a bulging disk L5/S1 which led to the leg pain/sciatica and also femeral nerve involvement. That is when a lot of these other symptoms started. They have done c-spine MRI which showed neroformal(sp?) cyst and bulging disk which they say could be causing the radiating pain into arms but they are not sure. The also did a brain MRI to rule out MS, and found that you cannot see through my left sinus so possible sinus infection or cysts, but no MS.

    I have been to ENT, TMJ specialist, endodontist, primary care (3 of them), general neuorologist, movement disorder nueorologist, speech therapist, supposed to see a gastroenterologist but haven't yet, 2 psysiatrists (spine dr.), chiroprator, pain psycologist, psychiatrist. With every appt and test (except blood work), they have found something wrong w/ me although they cannot connect the dots. None of them have even heard of some of the problems I have. I know my symptoms, at least some, have to be related, so maybe lyme. I have appt with primary care Dr. on Fri, I am going to bring it up. It is hard when seeing so many specialists, they really only want to see thier part not the whole picture.

    I really am on a mission to figure this out. Not that I would ever wish anyone to have such problems but I am only 31, just got married and have a 10 yr old. I cannot work and it is a struggle even to do simple housework. I WILL figure this out!

    I would love to hear about how your treatment continues!

    hpatrice

     
    Old 07-28-2011, 09:25 PM   #7
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    Re: how long can lyme lay dormant?

    Hi, I was just wondering how you bare doing now. Hope all is ik. I just started to have symptoms several months ago. Take care. Hugs and prayers

     
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