Way back when all this started for me, the doctors first thought that I had Lyme Disease. Of course, most doctors are really good at getting you all convinced that you have a particular illness or disease. In this case, they asked me if I had ever been bitten by a tick, which of course that answer was yet, many times. Then it was all about removing the tick, how it was removed and did I have any redness or swelling? Of course, all those answers simply fed into the whole paranoia that I had Lyme.
So we are sitting on pins and needles during this time, waiting to find out the results. Of course, that test came back as negative also.
So I didn’t have Lyme disease. Which is a good thing, but…. now we had to figure out what I do have.
- Joint pain. Bouts of severe joint pain and swelling are especially likely to affect your knees, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.
- Neurological problems. Weeks, months or even years after infection, you might develop inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell’s palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.
- Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat
- Eye inflammation
- Liver inflammation (hepatitis)
- Severe fatigue