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Is this Lyme?
Jun 25, 2011
Hi everyone-

I've been doing some research online after watching a movie about LD and saw a picture of the bulls-eye rash. I remember having this rash a long time ago, probably anywhere from 5-8 years ago. However after reading about it my symptoms seem mild compared to some other people's descriptions, but I do have several. At the same time, I can think of other explanations for several of the symptoms, but I don't know if I'm just rationalizing away the worry of something as serious as Lyme. Hopefully you guys can help, I would really appreciate it!

To begin, I grew up in Massachusetts and I think I was bitten while at summer camp in western Mass. I got the bulls-eye and I think it lasted for a little over a week. I don't remember any of the flu-like symptoms that I've read about. Here are my current symptoms:

1) The biggest symptom I have is tremors, almost completely isolated to the hands and forearms. They appear to be essential tremors, as they only occur when I am trying to do something with them, not when they are at rest. At first I thought it was anxiety but they happen even when I am calm and not thinking about it. They have been occurring for the past 5 years or so. The problem is that my family has a history of essential tremors, so this may not be due to Lyme. At the same time, however I have had random twitches before, especially in my eyelids, although these haven't happened in a few years and were infrequent.

2) Early waking. I wake up about 30 minutes before my alarm. I used to sleep through the night without any issues until a few months ago and haven't changed my sleep schedule. I think this one may be due to my room getting hot in the morning and waking me up.

3) Tingling in right wrist. It is very mild and only occasional, and usually only after I have had it bent at a weird angle for awhile. Also started occurring in the past few months.

4) "foggy mind". This one I am less worried about since I use marijuana frequently (a small amount once a day), which is obviously a cause of this symptom.

5) Depression/detachment/light anxiety. Also has occurred for the past 5 years or so.

6) Pain in knees, especially right knee. this one I am also not sure is due to Lyme because it is almost entirely in my right knee, which I injured in a skiing accident (patella-femoral syndrome, but nothing actually torn or anything like that) during my junior year of high school. The knee has been uncomfortable and has made cracking/clicking noises ever since. There hasn't been any swelling, and most of the time the pain is mild. The pain gets worse when it is humid/raining.

Apart from the tremors, knee pain, and depression, all of my other symptoms started after I saw the movie about LD and have been mild, leading me to believe that it may be a little psychosomatic. However, I have read about how a lot of people dismiss LD in this way so I don't know what to think about it.

I live in NYC and I'm 24, don't have a lot of disposable income, and don't have a car to drive to any advanced treatment places. Because I've read that most LLMD's don't take insurance and are expensive, I wanted to post here and see what your reaction is. Sorry for the long-ish post, and I really appreciate anyone taking the time to read about my case.

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