Lyme is highly misunderstood due to things like this. It is actually much rarer than most people think in many places like Kentucky, yet everybody thinks they have it, mainly because it affects people in wildly varying ways, so much so that it is nicknamed "the great imitator", as it imitates tons of other diseases and conditions, there is not a strict set of symptoms that is unique and everyone gets. Because of this, it is virtually impossible to diagnose by matching up the symptoms as you did, especially if there was no bullseye rash. Without the rash, it's extremely hard to diagnose, even with blood tests, which often show false positives... you have to have multiple tests and cross reference them.her doc never did catch on as their was no bullseye rash, i figured it out by reading the symptoms from a news article.
That's a visual!!One advantage of being hairy like a '70s porn star is I can feel ticks/bugs crawling on me long before they bite.
???ALWAYS worry about ticks, even if you live in an area where it has never been reported.
In 1994, I was bitten while picnicking on the Ft. Lewis range area open to horsebackers and the public in general. No signs were posted, nothing. The doc I spoke to at Madigan says that the troops bring the Lyme-infested ticks from back East in their gear, then take hikes here on post spreading the little buggers. No one says anything. It hasn't been in the news.
My emergency room doc got the diagnosis wrong (he thought that huge bullseye was a spider bite), but treated me early with doxycycline. It was a couple of weeks later when I was extremely sick that I saw an infectious diseases specialist who prescribed 10 days of IV antibiotics (Ceftriaxone). Tho it helped a lot, I had relapses every summer for four years until the symptoms finally went away pretty much for good. I was very lucky.
My sister who contracted Lyme on the East coast went untreated for many years. She developed life-changing fibromyalgia and mental illness, but was finally diagnosed and treated while in Germany.