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Dear Jennifer,

Welcome to this site! So sorry you are not feeling well, I also had a rash that was not the "typical" or classic bull's eye rash.

Your symptoms do sound like Lyme to me. It is important to see a "reputable" Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) as soon as possible so you can be diagnosed.

You should also have your blood sent to IgeneX Labs in Palo Alto, CA (we are not allowed to post websites here) for testing not only for Lyme but for coinfections as well as most ticks transmit more than 1 strain causing coinfections.

The good news is that Lyme is treatable especially when caught in the very beginning so time is very important as the longer one waits, the more difficult Lyme becomes to treat.

So please don't ignore this okay?

Also, it is a good idea to photograph your rash. Place something near it, like a coin or ruler, before photographing to give it size definition, and as it changes, take more photographs so you have this for the future.

Below is a symptom list courtesy of Ticker (our expert).

[FONT=Century Gothic]SYMPTOM CHECK 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
Headache
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
Tremor
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


Ticks can also transmit several serious co-infections:

--Babesiosis is similar to malaria. It is caused by a protozoa that invades, infects and kills the red blood cells. Symptoms include chills, sweats, fatigue, headache, weakness, muscle aches and pains, dizziness and heart palpitations.

--Ehrlichiosis is an infection caused by a rickettsiae (a bacterial parasite) that invades and infects the white blood cells. There are two types of Ehrlichiosis--HME and HGE. Symptoms include fever, malaise, headaches, chills, sweating, severe muscle aches and pains, nonproductive cough, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

--Bartonella is also known as cat scratch fever and has recently been attributed to tick transmission [/FONT]

The majority of people don't even feel a tick bite because ticks contain a numbing agent, less than 50% of people even get any type of rash. My rash was itchy and turned different colors and was also raised.

If you tell us where you live, we can give you some names of "reputable" LLMD's for you to make an appointment with as it's better to be safe than sorry but having this checked out.

If you have any questions, please ask away!

Feel better,
Denise





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