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[QUOTE=*Robin*;2852099]Hi, Iíve never posted on the Lyme forum before, but I am hoping that someone can help me figure out what has been causing me 4 months of weird, out of the blue symptoms.

Iíll try to make this as short as possible. Iím 24, and have had no major health issues with the exception of kidney stones prior to the onset of these symptoms.

On Thanksgiving Day, I started getting pain in my left shoulder and on the left side of my chest. The next day the pain continued and I also had shortness of breath, so I went to the ER where they did an EKG, a Chest X Ray and Blood Tests. All the tests were normal, and I was told it was probably Costochondritis.

The chest pain continued, and I saw a Cardiologist a few days later. He sent me for a CT Pulmonary Angiography (with contrast), and a Doppler Test on my legs to test for a blood clot, since I had been using birth control pills the month before. Both tests were normal. He also did an Echocardiogram, which he said was normal.

Since then, I have seen many doctors, including another Cardiologist, who has done an EKG, another Echocadiogram and a 24 Holter Monitor. He thinks I have Mitral Valve Prolapse (even though my Echos have never shown it). Basically, I donít want to be diagnosed with something that I may not have.

Since Thanksgiving, I have had pain in the following areas. They are not all the time, and they can last anywhere from hours to weeks

Pain in Chest, Sternum, Ribs, Arms (shooting pain), Knees, Shoulder blades, Neck and Back, Hips and between wrists and elbows. I have Shortness of Breath, Dizziness, Heart Palpitations and "skipped beats", Tingling in Hands and Feet, Burning sensations, Tenderness under arms on both sides, Pulsing sensations, Stomach Pain, Headaches (different pattern than my usual headaches that Iíve had in the past), and Vibrating sensations.



I have had the following tests

EKG
2 Echocardiograms
Stress Test
24 Hour Holter Monitor
MRI of Brain (no contrast)
MRI of Cervical Spine (no contrast)
MRI of Thoracic Spine (no contrast)
CT Scan of Stomach (swallowed contrast)
EMG
EEG
Tests for Lupus and Lyme Disease

Another thing is recently I have been having these "episodes" where I feel really disassociated from what is going on around me, extreme shortness of breath, my heart beats really fast, and I feel like Iím going to pass out. Itís the scariest thing.

I honestly donít know what is causing these episodes. Yesterday I was getting ready to go to a dinner and was getting my hair done when all of a sudden one of the episodes hit. Oddly enough, the hair spray that she was using seemed like it wasaggravating my symptoms. I have no idea if certain chemicals or sprays can make you feel like that, but I just noticed that I had to cover my mouth and nose when she was spraying my hair, or else it made my shortness of breath worse.

Since I had the test for Lyme, my doctor pretty much ruled that out, but Iíve been hearing from people suggesting that it may still be a possibility. My doctor did, at first, think that it was Lyme, but after the ELISA test was negative, she said it was probably Fibromyalgia.

If youíve read all this, thank you so much. Thank you in advance for your help and opinions.[/QUOTE]
Hi Robin
Here is some symptons you could look at and talk to the doctor about the the western blot test through Igenexs There is not really a completely reliable test for lyme but there are different tests to give the doctors markers to work with I have found I have a sensivity to paiint and differnt hair sprays and perfumes takes my breathe away too
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

Are you being treated by a Lyme knowledgeable doctor? This is very important. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. Besides Lyme, ticks can transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected, and it may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. Have you been tested for all of these?

It is also important to learn as much as possible. here is some helpful info books
"Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease (2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and Dr. Joseph Burrascano's treatment guidelines. He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country,
good luck and check back on the bords the above was sent by ticker to me since you were new to the board and like me it has alot of info so I pasted it for you hope you don't mind ticker
ryebeach





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