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Hi teacher in NoVA. I agree with your husband that you may have Lyme disease. I have Lyme, that is why I was asking you about other symptoms. Lyme disease is a multi-system bacterial infection caused from the bite of an infected tick. Do you ever get night sweats? I don't know if the ankle problem is related.

No Lyme test is completely reliable and results can vary by lab. When Lyme is a possibility, it is very important to see a Lyme knowledgable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. Lyme disease is the second fastest growing infectioun disease in the US after AIDS, yet it is rarely considered as a possible diagnosis. Besides Lyme, ticks can transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected. It is important to be tested by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA.

Below is a symptom list for Lyme disease. It affects people individually and you can have any combination of symptoms.

[COLOR=Green]Lyme Disease Symptom List

Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Upset stomach
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol [/COLOR]

I really think you should be evaulated by a Lyme doctor. There is one in DC who comes highly recommended. His name is Dr. Kenneth Singleton. I hope you can get an appointment. For more information on Lyme, see the Lyme disease board at this site.

Hang in there okay? You will get some answers.

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