I’ve almost got to the point where I don’t like talking about this, and in doing so I certainly don’t want to belittle any trials and tribulations that anyone else might be going through, that really isn’t my intention. But if talking about it makes someone else think twice about ticks and the possibility of disease, then it’s worth it.
Weeks ago, I had two blood tests that both confirmed there were Lyme antibodies in my system, but were inconclusive as to it being a current infection or residue from a previous infection. (I was treated on symptoms and history after the TGO Challenge back in 2016.) This led the gp to wonder if it was Lyme, although he was happy to treat it as such. Since then though, I’ve also had some other tests done, which have thankfully all come back as normal, so the gp is now more accepting that Lyme – or even something else from the said tick – is a possibility.
So, I’ve now had doxycycline for 2 months and feel like I’ve lost 95% of my symptoms. (For example, there were times a month ago when I couldn’t walk a mile without struggling with arthritis type pains in my ankles.) I saw the doctor again earlier this week and he’s given me a third month’s worth of antibiotics. Hopefully, this will now sort the remaining few problems out.
It has been a pretty horrible time these last few months, and as far as I’m concerned it has totally confirmed what you always hear – that Lyme is a slippery customer that is very difficult to conclusively test for, and history and symptoms are very important in a diagnosis.
And the thing I would really like to pass on to anyone reading this, is that if you ever have any suspicion about a tick bite, don’t waste time, get to the gp straight away and make sure you get listened to!