Patient Comments: Lyme Disease - Share Your Experience

Did you or someone you know have Lyme disease? Please share your experience.

Comment from: Neverendingpain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

If given the option to trade my chronic Lyme disease for almost any form of cancer, I'd take the cancer without hesitation.

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Comment from: Jojo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

When I was approximately 42 year old I started going to the doctor with headaches, joint pain in my hands, and facial twitches. They started telling me it was stress, then I needed to relax more, then they tested me for RA and MS and back to stress and this went on for eight years. In 2010 I moved to northeaster Iowa to be closer to family and went to a new group of doctors for the same thing and they started with same tests and added one new one, Lyme disease. It was positive. New problem no one knows how long I've had it because it didn't present with a bullsey that was noticeable. By the symptoms we figure that I am in stage 2. (This after researching and finding that there are 3 stages 1. acts like arthritis 2. like MS and Fibromyalgia 3. Dementia. Every day is different in the pain department some days I can't get out of bed at all and other days I use a walker or cane and other days I'm ok. I just thank god now for all the good days that I have with my daughter and my family.

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Comment from: Yia-Yia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I suspect that I contracted Lyme disease from a lone star tick. I have a bite from a lone star that is now the size of an orange and I have had severe symptoms of Lyme this week. My doctor put me on a three-week course of doxycycline.

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Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

First noticed pain in my heel when getting out of bed in the morning. Next started having joints "pop". Next felt tired, then exhausted, then could not get myself out of the chair. Thought I must have the flu. Smart Doc in Connecticut said no one has the flu in July. Started heavy antibiotics. Missed over a month of work...thought I was going to die. NEVER found a tick or "bulls eye" so be persistant with Doc if you suspect Lyme Diease. You will recover, but takes a while.

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Comment from: Good citizen, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 29

I just read a story in the newspaper about a girl who was afflicted with Lyme disease. She experienced numbness in her feet and couldn't walk. She also had memory loss and other cognitive dysfunction (brain fog). This patient spent months seeing different doctors, with the possibility of permanent disabilities. Her story is a warning for all of us to look for signs of Lyme disease. If we find it early enough, it is very easy to treat.

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