My experience with Lyme Disease was a few years ago. It can be very stressful and not a time to remember if you’ve had it before. These are the symptoms that I had occur while I had it and what I did to control it.
I was bit by a tick one summer on my back and there was soon a small ring around the bite. The ring is what they call the “bulls eye.” The “bulls eye” occurs usually around one to two weeks after the bite. The bite for me itched and was sometimes painful. I put anti-itch medicine on it for a while and it only helped to a certain extent.
The second symptom I had was sore muscles. My body felt like I had been on a 5 mile run the day before and made it very difficult to move around. This was the time that I decided to go to the doctor. They then diagnosed me with Lyme Disease and told me it was good I came in at the time I did, because it was only going to get worse.
After getting antibiotics, I was still having symptoms occur. I felt fatigued and didn’t have any motivation to do anything. They say that you have flu like symptoms, and that’s exactly what it felt like. Sore body for no reason, fatigue, chills at times, and headaches for over 50 percent of the day.
The worst symptom that I had was the one visible to people. My lymph nodes swelled up bad. You have lymph nodes in your armpits and on your neck along with a few other places. The nodes on my neck got huge and everyone noticed them. If I tilted my neck they stuck out like a sore thumb. I didn’t know you had lymph nodes in your armpits until I went to the doctors again and they told me they were swollen there too. Of course, the armpit nodes weren’t noticeable at all.
After about 3 weeks, the antibiotics started to kick in along with any other medicine I was taking at the time to keep my muscles more relaxed. I started to feel much much better and was able to move around more without getting tired or sore. My lymph nodes began to go back to normal size and everything was going great.
Lyme Disease is definitely not something I would want to go back to. And I’m sure that anyone else who has had the disease would agree. Lyme Disease is very hard for doctors to diagnose because of the symptoms. The symptoms are much like other illnesses. So if you think you might have Lyme Disease, go get it checked out because it’s better to be safe than sorry.
That’s my experience with Lyme Disease. I hope none of my readers ever get this illness.