I am aware there is currently another thread about Lymes disease on the Vets section, however I want to ask who on here has ever had (or thought they have had) Lymes Disease.
I myself got it about 6 years ago. I had been experiencing arm pains and my wife noticed the circular red rash on my waist as I stepped out of the shower one day, and decided that it looked very unusual. I presented this to the doctor who put me on strong antibiotics for about 12 weeks if I remember right.
The rash started about 4 weeks after I had been bitten by the tick.I was in the shower again and suddenly experienced an intense itching on my waist and reached down and scratched it like crazy before realising it was a embedded tick. the scratching destroyed the tick and probably injected the bug into my blood stream. Up until that point I had been bitten loads of times by countless ticks without any problems
The doctor luckily, was Lymes aware, and when I showed him my rash actually got a camera from his car to photograph the rash which he described as a 'textbook case'. He said that there was no point in doing a blood test as it was notoriously unreliable at detecting the problem and it would slow down the start of treatment. Thank God he knew something about it, as there are still a lot of doctors that dont. Apparently he did a lot of hiking, and so know about Lymes in order to protect himself.
After the course of antibiotics I insisted on a blood test - which came back negative, however I still get joint pain in my arms and a frequent muscle pain in my neck/ base of my skull which I think could be long lasting effects of the disease.
My mate has also had it, but didnt get the rash, so could have had it for years....... He was suffering bad joint pain, and migrane headaches, and eventually became photosensitive before finally seeking help at the doctors. I know he feels the long term effects of his Lymes everyday.
How many others on here have similar stories????