Hi, I am 24 years old, Earlier this year, about three months ago or so, I noticed a bite on the back of my neck that itched and it got hard and swelled up. My entire side of my neck tensed up really bad and one of my lymph nodes above the bite swelled up like a rock in the back of my neck. Eventually it went down, i felt sick for a couple of days, ever since I have been having odd symptoms from muscle twitching throughout my whole body, to weakness in legs and arms, neck and back pain, I have felt numbness, the symptoms seem to come and go over a couple of days, like recurring flu's or colds. Is this characteristic of Lyme? I got tested at the hospital and it came back negative, mri showed nothing abnormal at all, I'm seeing a chiro and an ear nose and throat doctor for chronis sinisitus, but ever since this bite I have had all these weird symptoms and no explanation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
-------------------- Daniel James Imburgia Posts: 2 | From Elk Grove Village IL | Registered: Oct 2007
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You might get more responses if you post this in Medical.
Here is some info:
Lyme Disease Symptoms List 1. Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing 2. Unexplained weight change--loss or gain 3. Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina 4. Unexplained hair loss 5. Swollen glands: list areas____ 6. Sore throat 7. Testicular pain/pelvic pain 8. Unexplained menstrual irregularity 9. Unexplained milk production: breast pain 10.Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction 11.Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido 12.Upset stomach 13.Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea 14.Chest pain or rib soreness 15.Shortness of breath, cough 16.Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block 17.Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse? 18.Joint pain or swelling: list joints_____________ 19.Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back 20.Muscle pain or cramps 21.Twitching of the face or other muscles 22.Headache 23.Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain 24.Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains 25.Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy) 26.Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity 27.Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity 28.lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance 29.Lightheadedness, wooziness 30.Tremor 31.Confusion, difficulty in thinking 32.Diffculty with concentration, reading 33.Forgetfuiness, poor short term memory 34.Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places 35.Difficulty with speech or writing 36.Mood swings, irritability, depression 37.Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening 38.Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
-------------------- --Lymetutu-- Opinions, not medical advice! Posts: 95326 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001
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Lyme testing is not very straightforward. At the hospital, they probably ran an ELISA test, which has a high false negative rate. A better test is the Western Blot by Igenix labs, but please keep in mind that Lyme is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that you can have Lyme and have equivocal or negative test results (this is particularly true for Lyme co-infections).
An excellent place to start learning about Lyme & co-infections is Dr. Burrascano's "Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines" at the Ilads website: http://ilads.org/guidelines.html
Try to find a doctor that specializes in Lyme. Most PCPs are uninformed about the complexity of the disease. To find someone near you, go to Support Groups (on the left of your screen). You can also post a note in the Finding a Doctor Thread.
p.s. I posted much of the same material in response to another poster, so sorry if it sounds familiar!
Posts: 90 | From Sunny Southern Cali | Registered: Sep 2006
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a suggestion, after you get done copying your entire post and relies, paste it in NEW POST IN MEDICAL.
then come back here and delete this one since you are not ASKING FOR LLMD NAMES, ETC..
TO DELETE,, click on pencil/paper icon to right of your name in 1st post. this opens up sbject and body text.
now go to top left hnd corner, CLICK DELETE POST, HIT ENTER, AND IT'S GONE FOR GOOD! thank you.
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