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Hi! :wave: I am posting my bio for right here! I talk mostly about Lyme disease, but I want to hear from you too and get your 100% open and honest opinion as to whether or not you think it could be MS that I am experiencing????? Maybe my story sounds like yours???? Please take the time to read my story and write me back quickly even just to say, "Yes, it sounds like MS!" or "No, I don't think its MS!!" I know we are not doctors, but I feel that people who experience things know them better than those who read about them!!! ;) Thank you so so much!!!! :confused:

Hello everybuddy, I am new on here and am so thankful I found this support system! I am falling apart at the seems and I am afraid it is Lyme Disease! My memory is so bad, that I don't remember being bit or having a rash, but according to my Mom, she remembers me showing her a bullseye rash on my leg! I am a pet sitter and have been working with animals for 18 years now so I am outdoors all day and night in heavy brush and wooded areas, so if I was bit by a tick, it wouldn't surprise me at all! I have seen them on dogs a lot throughout my career!

To make a long story short, I started having related symptoms about 7 months ago! I first started noticing an ache in my elbow especially when I would bend it back and forth. I thought it was just tennis elbow from vacuuming a lot as I do not play tennis. I also started feeling dizzy and sick a lot. I started having numbness in my hands and feet off and on. I had double vision for a period, a staph infection which I doctored myself and a persistent cough and flu-like symptoms off and on! My large toenails on both feet turned black also for no good reason! One of them even fell off!

My first thought was arthritis and diabetes! I was tested for diabetes and my glucose is perfectly normal. Then I noticed my arm was getting worse. The pain traveled down my forearm and through my fingers and around my wrist! Then I started having awful pains here and there in my legs! These pains kept me up at night and would be very bothersome during the day! The numbness got worse... My whole arms and legs started to stay numb while I was sleeping and the dizziness persisted! It started to get really uncomfortable to even work! I was tired all the time and had to pull myself out of bed and whenever I wasn't working I had to lay down! Now granted, I used to be able to work from 6am till 9pm for days on end, I would go biking, roller blading, hiking, and walk miles a day, literally!

Today, I still have all of the symptoms but they are so bad that I can barely do my job let alone get up in the morning! The pain is in my right arm from my shoulder and down through my hand now, also its in my left elbow and wrist, my legs and especially my feet! My feet are so bad that sometimes I can hardly walk and I have to slowly shuffle my feet to get around! I can almost fall asleep standing and anything that takes energy is a huge feat including showers and getting dressed! I can hardly use my right arm now and I wake up all night long because of the pain! My vision is still bad and have to wear glasses! Just recently my left ear became plugged and I am constantly popping it so I can hear! I gained a lot of weight also during the last few months! Lately, I have been having night sweats and chills while sleeping.

My health started deteriorating so fast that I figured I better do some research myself because I have heard all of the horror stories of people getting misdiagnosed and undiagnosed by uncaring doctors and bad testing procedures! I don't want this to be me. So, I have been researching such disorders as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme Disease for months now! I started to think more and more that it is Lyme disease! My brain is foggy and my memory is awful, especially my short term memory! I'm embarrassed to even talk to people because the words don't come out right and by the time they do, I forgot what words they were! And even talking takes to much energy! I have trouble holding a phone!

Some of my other symptoms that may or may not be related are hair loss, anxiety, tremors, shortness of breath, abnormal sleeping patterns that are getting worse, seizures, panic attacks, and I had a bad sore throat that lasted a few weeks, as well as a cough at one point that lasted some time also, both for no apparent reason! In addition, my facial twitches have gotten really bad, and recently I noticed a stretch mark-like rash on my tummy that has now disappeared! Sometimes I have heart palpitations also and recently had an EKG and it showed abnormal results.

I think I covered all of the strange things that have been going on with my health over the last 7 months to a year! I'm sure there are some symptoms that I forgot, but it also took me two days to write this little biography because of my fatigue so forgetting a few symptoms is the least of my worries right now!

I experienced severe anxiety this morning and got up before the birds got to sing! This is abnormal for me because usually I sleep in till the last minute before I have to drag myself out of bed and out the door! My heart racing and pounding, I couldn't stop thinking about what will happen to me if I can't work anymore or exercise and be active. At the rate that my muscle and joint pain is escalating, I won't be able to work at all in another month or so I figure! Thank you for any support, advice or help you can offer! :angel:

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