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Lyme Diagnosis Wrong

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 13, 2007
  • 02:18 PM

Hi, my name is Shelley. Starting 7 years ago, I started having wierd symptoms: muscle swelling and hives. What is wierd is what would set these off. Tight pants, the shoulder strap on my shoulder, chilly water, pushing a fertilizer spreader over the yard..... The list goes on. Most of the time the muscle swelling would be on my forarm (it would litterly look like someone put 1/2 a chicken egg under my skin), or on my thigh, shoulder, my buttocks, or under my foot, and they would hurt, like a bad bruise. The hives were brought on by tight fitting clothes (waist bands, bras, etc.) Where ever the items were too tight I would get a long, raised, itchy, painful whelp. Once I was cleaning my plastic lined pond, had just refilled it with clean water (from well) and had gotten in to straighten the plastic. The water was about thigh high. I was in for maybe 5 minutes, my legs had gradually started itching and were getting pretty bad. I got out and went in the house to rinse them off (incase it was something from the plastic making me itch). I dryed them and noticed my whole legs were whelped. I knew they were whelped by the sparatic normal spots of skin between the whelps. I've had doctors do ice cube test to confirm I'm "allergic" to cold and pressure test for the "pressure allergy".

I started going to Doctors when this all came about. One doctor did a Lyme test on me. It came back positive. I did 2 months of anitbotics. Went to another doctor. He did a more precise test. He said that I have the antibodies showing that I had Lyme disease, but no longer show a positive. He also said that my C3Q enzyme was defecient. I never followed up on the enzymen. I live in Texas near the coast. We do not have any outbreaks of Lyme here. I never had a bullseye rash and most of the symptoms do not fit me. I know this test may have been right but it wasn't Lyme triggering the positive. There had to be something else. By the way the doctors finally just diagnosed me with and over active immune system. ( I rarely get sick!)

Does anyone know of anything else that might trigger a false Lyme result?

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