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Vertigo and Swollen Lymph nodes. Please Help!

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  • Posted By: angryt
  • October 15, 2008
  • 04:40 PM

I'm am desperate, I have posted recently about general itchiness all over my body, that was over 7 weeks ago. then my lymph node under my ear swelled, its a hard inch about a inch and half big and now theres a large swelling at the base of my neck near my collar bone, its like a couple of inches big and tender and soft, but not very sore.

And this morning i've woken up with what feels like vertigo, i can barely walk in a straight line, i went to the doctor and told her my new symptoms, escpecially the lymph node in my shoulder but she didn't even examine me. She told me to go home and wait it out, that it was probably a virus. But this is nearly 8 weeks and I'm feeling really ill, my bones ache, I am exhausted but I've had no cold or sore throat.

Surely "just wait and see" can't be good, I need to be able to walk around, I need to be able to get on with my life, and the doctor is just turning a blind eye. Someone must have had symptoms like this or know what this could be. Please someone help.

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  • You will probably get many different answers to this post. All I can offer you is that your symptoms, pain, itchiness, and dizzy/vertigo can be Lyme disease. Try to research more about this. I would keep this idea on a list of possibilities. Lyme Disease Network Try to use your good judgment about what to put on that list, but do make a list so you can do this systematically. This very well could be a virus, but it might be something else. If this is altering your life so badly, then it is something to be concerned about. I would suggest you see a different doctor to get a different point of view. At this stage without anything to offer help in why you have these symptoms, you doing research on your own is a good idea. Try not to get too emotionally involved with the different possibilities you come up with to research deeper. Unfortunately, there are many things which might point here or there, since you don't have a starting point like an obvious illness to begin with, a rash, or a physical symptom which a doctor can measure. Try to have patience and move forward. Write some things down to keep track of. Put all your symptoms on a paper and go from there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
    • 08:33 PM
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  • LIGHT and BLAZE think everything is lyme disease. You probaby have an ear infection. Go see another doctor, one that isn't a lazy jacka$$. Good luck.
    missbarbiegal26 10 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
    • 09:03 PM
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  • I don't rate the likelihood of getting lyme disease where I live, not thats its impossible, just improbable. And my ear doesn't hurt at all. But I think the idea of keeping a list of my symptoms is a good one, and also makes me feel I am in control a bit more, rather than spirralling into fits of anguish and despair. Thank you for your help.
    angryt 8 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
    • 09:20 PM
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  • It's a shame that those of us just trying to open minds and share possibilities get such negative comments. There just might be reasons for offering the possibility of a tick borne infection to people who probably wouldn't think about it or who have doctors like the first 30 doctors I saw who don't think the likelihood of Lyme in most cases. Unfortunately Lyme is the number one infectious disease in the U.S. Most people are ignorant of the symptoms of Lyme and the devastation it is causing right now because of the two standards of diagnosing and treatment. I would do most anything to help people not have to go through years of pain and anguish ... even put up with ignorant statements ... No, I do not think everything is Lyme disease or even a tick borne disease, but right now, most people don't understand the likelihood of getting it. Thus, many, many people with bizarre symptoms on this forum and going to doctors over and over with no answers. Enlightening people is a good thing. And I certainly hope that most do not have Lyme, but unfortunately, many people will end up finding out that after all this time, they indeed do have a tick borne disease. At 26 I thought I knew everything too. I hope people will be open to at least allowing people to post possibilities without attacking forum members.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
    • 02:31 AM
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  • I agree Light, i asked for ideas and thats what you gave me, thank you. The only reason I don't think its likely is because i'm in the UK, otherwise the symptoms fit. But keep up the good advice, it IS appreciated.
    angryt 8 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
    • 10:53 AM
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  • Hi Angry, Unfortunately there is a lot of Lyme in Europe. England has it and around the world right now. In some cases countries other than the USA are actually more open to testing and treating Lyme. The debate ragging over here over the two standards of treatment is very hard to negotiate. Don't cross Lyme off the board just yet. Keep it as a possibility IN CASE you don't get answers. I am so sorry you are having such a tough time. It can be heartbreaking to work so hard to be healthy and not find a medical person to help you. Don't give up. Find a couple of people to help emotionally and informational help support you in finding answers to your health matters. Support is so important. I found a great support group which literally saved my life. Find them, they are out there! Much good luck in finding answers and getting healthy again!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
    • 05:22 PM
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