In July 2002 I got this really bad rash on my foot. I knew it was a bug bite because it was itchy but I never actually saw the bug that did it. I went to the doctor who said they hadn't seen anything like it before but it was probably just an infected mosquito bite. I was given a topical cream along with an antibiotic. After two days of vomiting I called the doctor and said I couldn't handle the antibiotic any more. The rash looked a little lighter so I was told to just continue with cream, stop the antibotics and call them if the rash didn't go away. It did and that was that. In August I got the flu. I was told they couldn't do anything for the flu unless I got dehydrated.
From that point on I've felt like a different person. Mostly tired, moody, some memory problems. I had went to the doctor three times after the bug bite but my symptoms were always attributed to post-partum depression. I had been pregnant the year before with my son who had been diagnosed with birth defects. It was a difficult pregnancy and stressful time after the birth so I guess it was pretty easy blaming all my problems on that. By June 2003 I was pregnant again and just decided to keep my mouth shut about my problems. My memory problems are getting worse, I'm constantly tired and I have some kind of balance problem. I've fallen down the stairs a few times. But it's not just stairs. Some of my falls include twisting my ankle, slipping three discs and the worst was a broken tailbone back in January.
About three years ago my son woke up with a tick in his arm. I freaked out and instantly called his doctor (different doctor than mine) because I knew ticks carry Lyme Disease. He told me to bring him in so he could check to make sure the tick was completely removed. When I got there we discussed Lyme Disease and he showed me a picture of the "bullseye" rash that I should watch for. As soon as I saw the picture I knew that was the rash I had. When I told him I had that rash years ago he told me not to worry about it because there is no way a person can have Lyme Disease for years without having severe problems at that point.
I didn't put much more thought into it up until two weeks ago when I went in for a routine PAP. I was asked about reactions to medications. I could remember the name of the medication I was on that made me violently ill but couldn't remember why I took it. It took a couple days for me to remember I took it for the bug bite. I started looking up Lyme Disease and I've found plenty of information about Lyme Disease going undiagnosed for years although I don't know how credible that information is. I'm going to see my doctor tomorrow and I'm trying to figure out how to explain to him that I think I have Lyme Disease without sounding like a complete idiot.
Also, I never took a picture of the rash but I have records from that visit that describe the rash as "a circular slightly raised erythematous rash on her left medial ankle that is in a diffuse pattern that covers approx 4 cm with satellite rash of slightly raised circular erythema surrounding." Should I take that with me to show him that I did have the rash?
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