Although I have no recollection of being bitten by a tick I believe I am suffering from Lyme disease with classic (though small & pale) "bulls eye" marks on legs, torso and arms plus joint ache, raging dandruff (which I never normally suffer from at all) accompanied by a general flu like lethargy.
It took 3 visits and 6 weeks to persuade my Doctor that Lyme disease could be the problem after which he reluctantly prescribed 200mg Doxycyline for 14 days which I have just completed but, although there have been definite improvements, some symptoms continue.
Yesterday (6th October) I received the results of blood tests from the specialist laboratory in Southampton which showed "positive" at the top but negative to various antibodies - so I need to sort this out in the week ahead.
My reason for posting here is that after considerable interweb trawling I found excellent advice here at the UK Lyme Disease Org (who recommend 400mg Doxycycline for up to 28 days) that I thought might be of interest to others -
and here at the Eurolyme forum (which is a Yahoo Group that requires you to join for info)
I feel like ****e & I'm fed up!
There is a petition here <http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/uklymepetition/> to make Governments and healthcare officials more aware of Lyme disease which, I believe, should be signed (although skip the "donations" page which goes to iPetitions, not the Lyme Disease people).