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About a year ago I went golfing on a heavily wooded course. When I golf, I usually dont have the best control of my swing. Which eventually leads to me heading to the woods to find my golf ball.

Anyways, I remember a couple of days later I had a bite on my ankle which had a "bullseye" shape to it. It's not as large as some of the tick bites I've seen on websites, but needless to say it was definitely similar to some of the bites i've seen. At the time, I didnt know much of anything about Lyme disease or tick bites, so I ignored the rash.

Weeks went by and I started to feel a little lightheaded and my jaw started to hurt a lot...(Initially I thought it was TMJ). Once again I ignored the problems. Then one night I remember waking up to a terrible pain in my right knee. (this was about 5 months after noticing the possible tick bite) I know arthritis runs in my family, but I'm only 25, and didnt think I would be getting it so young. The pain in my leg continued for a couple of days, but then gradually went away. That is until recently.

The other day, i noticed what looked like an ingrown hair on my knee. I decided to pick at it and pull the hair out. I was able to get it out, but nothing came out with it (fluid, puss, whatever) I then started to pick at the area on my knee that just looked like a normal zit. I messed with it for awhile and finally "popped", but it still didnt feel drained completely and i start to get really sore around my knee. The next day when i woke up my knee was in total pain, swollen, was red, and hot to the touch. I also couldnt put pressure on it at all. All this started about 1 year after the possible tick bite.

I guess my question is:

1. Is it normal for it to take this long for symptoms to show up?
2. Could it be Lyme Disease or something worse?
3. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow (july 28th), what kind of questions should I ask?
4. Is it normal for symptoms to only last for a couple of weeks and then go away, and then come back later?

BTW, during this last year at one point or another I was lightheaded, couldnt sleep, had pressure in my head, knee pain, sore jaw, cant get a full satisfying breath of air, and so on.

Thanks in advance for any help that is provided.

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