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Hiya all.

I've been around this board for quite a long time, testing the waters in various boards, trying to figure out (without medical coverage) what's wrong with me. I've had suspicions on diseases ranging from Lyme disease, to encephalitis, to whiplash, and have yet to find a completely fitting culprit to blame my sickness on. So at this point I'm thinking it must be more than one thing.

I was going to write up a little history, but decided I could get the idea across in a sort of outline, just as well.

In fall of 2002, these symptoms started popping up (in roughly this order). Just a note... I had a bit of a mental breakdown in the summer, which caused me intense stress:

Stiff neck
A single flash of light crossing my field of vision from left to right (this happened once)
Severe head fever (it felt like the outer layer of my brain was on fire.)
Inability to concentrate
Heart palpatations
Nausea

Winter of 2002:

I began gaining weight (gained about 40 pounds between the summer of 2002 and spring of 2003 without a significant change in dieting habits.)
A rash, about two and a half inches in diameter, was found on my left thigh. It didn't look like some of the pictures I've seen of lyme rashes. There was a dark pink circle within a lighter pink circle. No dark outline or anything like that. My mother also recieved such rashes, which made me think it could be environmental (my cat dragging in ticks on it's fur, then dropping them on the bed.)
I lost some capacity to learn... Things just weren't registering in my brain as quickly as they used to, whether my activities included reading, learning a new computer program, having conversations, etc...
My short term memory and recall began to decline
I began having these weird tremors (underneath the skin) periodically, on different parts of my body.
My brain was in a total fog... Like I couldn't think two seconds ahead of myself and my constant internal dialogue ceased (this stressed me out more than any of my symptoms.)
My vocal and manual coordination went to hell.

And for a while, these symptoms simply persisted, with little change over a year and a half (although it feels like my mind continues to slip deeper into a fog.). I can explain myself well enough in writing, when I have time to think of what to say, but speaking is a completely different matter... I keep mumbling like a cretin when I speak aloud.

So my question to the board would be whether or not it's a waste of time to consult a homeopath/naturopath/wholistic doctor before seeing a nuerologist or lyme literate doctor. My condition seems to point toward lyme disease, and yet I lack so many of the other symptoms.

One thing to note, I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, although my free T4 and TSH are supposedly in the normal range now. I've been feeling at least a little bit better since I started on 75 mcg dosage of synthroid, 100 mg of b6, and 50 mg of zinc. So maybe visiting an endocrinologist and getting my t3 tested and supplemented (if neccesary) would help. Otherwise, I'm at a loss for what to do now that I have medical coverage.
Quote from Lectus:
Hiya all.

I've been around this board for quite a long time, testing the waters in various boards, trying to figure out (without medical coverage) what's wrong with me. I've had suspicions on diseases ranging from Lyme disease, to encephalitis, to whiplash, and have yet to find a completely fitting culprit to blame my sickness on. So at this point I'm thinking it must be more than one thing.

I was going to write up a little history, but decided I could get the idea across in a sort of outline, just as well.

In fall of 2002, these symptoms started popping up (in roughly this order). Just a note... I had a bit of a mental breakdown in the summer, which caused me intense stress:

Stiff neck
A single flash of light crossing my field of vision from left to right (this happened once)
Severe head fever (it felt like the outer layer of my brain was on fire.)
Inability to concentrate
Heart palpatations
Nausea

Winter of 2002:

I began gaining weight (gained about 40 pounds between the summer of 2002 and spring of 2003 without a significant change in dieting habits.)
A rash, about two and a half inches in diameter, was found on my left thigh. It didn't look like some of the pictures I've seen of lyme rashes. There was a dark pink circle within a lighter pink circle. No dark outline or anything like that. My mother also recieved such rashes, which made me think it could be environmental (my cat dragging in ticks on it's fur, then dropping them on the bed.)
I lost some capacity to learn... Things just weren't registering in my brain as quickly as they used to, whether my activities included reading, learning a new computer program, having conversations, etc...
My short term memory and recall began to decline
I began having these weird tremors (underneath the skin) periodically, on different parts of my body.
My brain was in a total fog... Like I couldn't think two seconds ahead of myself and my constant internal dialogue ceased (this stressed me out more than any of my symptoms.)
My vocal and manual coordination went to hell.

And for a while, these symptoms simply persisted, with little change over a year and a half (although it feels like my mind continues to slip deeper into a fog.). I can explain myself well enough in writing, when I have time to think of what to say, but speaking is a completely different matter... I keep mumbling like a cretin when I speak aloud.

So my question to the board would be whether or not it's a waste of time to consult a homeopath/naturopath/wholistic doctor before seeing a nuerologist or lyme literate doctor. My condition seems to point toward lyme disease, and yet I lack so many of the other symptoms.

One thing to note, I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, although my free T4 and TSH are supposedly in the normal range now. I've been feeling at least a little bit better since I started on 75 mcg dosage of synthroid, 100 mg of b6, and 50 mg of zinc. So maybe visiting an endocrinologist and getting my t3 tested and supplemented (if neccesary) would help. Otherwise, I'm at a loss for what to do now that I have medical coverage.



You might venture over to the Lyme Disease Board for more definitive information.