It all started about 2 months ago. I was taking my socks off getting ready for bed and found a strange scab on my shin that looked really different. It was very blotchy and flaky and when I touched it it fell away instantly and left no indication of a wound or anything under it. I had no recollection of hurting myself there and didnt really think much of it at the time other than it looked really strange and not good at all.
Fast forward about a week and I started having really severe hip pain that would radiate down my leg and into my feet. I tend to do a lot of running around at work and I do get pains now and then so this was pretty unremarkable at the time so I just popped some ibuprofen and toughed it out.
The pain came and went for a couple days and I wasn't too concerned until a little bit later my left testie started to ache along with it. The pain went from a small pulse to being kicked in the crotch full blast every 2 seconds in a matter of days. I had also noticed I was waking up drenched in sweat in the middle of the night with extremely bad shakes and weakness that made me dizzy and extremely sick to my stomach.
At this point I had entered full panic mode as I could tell something was horribly wrong with my body. During this time I had no recollection of the strange scab being significant and started to assume I had testicle cancer or some kind of auto immune issue in my hip. I quickly made my way to the doctor and explained the pain and she ordered blood testing. While I was there I asked them if there was anything I could take for anxiety and she recommended an SSRI gave me a prescription and sent me home to wait for blood test ressults. I started to take the SSRI the next day and thats when I got hit with the major symptoms.
My brain felt like it was being scoured with acid. A constant cold burning sensation would flow up from my neck into my head and then wash down my body / torso / limbs leaving me in convulsions and extremely weak. There was no way to fall asleep because there more I tried to focus on sleeping the more intense the sensation would get. I stopped taking the ssri because I had suspected it was making things worse. The symptoms got worse and I had stopped sleeping. I had stopped eating. I was in a fever state 24/7 my entire body was in constant nauseating agony and I had to piss every 5 minutes regardless if I drank anything or not.
About 4 or 5 days later I had went back to the doctor and she had discussed the blood work results. Everything came back normal and she said other than me losing about 17 pounds in 2 weeks there was nothing wrong with me. This was the point where I had lost my mind. I had basically been so sick that I couldn't leave my bed for longer than an hour without passing out and there was apparently no reasonable explanation that could be provided. I still had not put together the symptoms and the bite on my shin.
So I went home and basically had just accepted that I was going to die as I got sicker and sicker and there was nothing anyone could do. A couple days later I started losing the ability to walk or even lift cups and plates. My wife and I decided I should go to the emergency room. I had to have her open the car door for me because I could barely even stand at this point I was so weak the door was an unmovable object.
After explaining my symptoms the hospital staff did more blood work on me.. did an xray of my chest and pelvis did scans of my testie checked my liver and kidneys. Everything came back normal. They had no idea what to tell me so they basically gave me some fluids in an iv and some pain meds and wished me good luck as I went back home to suffer in absolute desolation.
My father called me the next day and asked me if I had been bitten by any ticks because he thought it sounded like I had lyme. I told him no but later after thinking about it I had finally remembered the small scab on my shin (theres no sign of it ever even being there other than the fact that there is no hair on that part of my leg anymore) and started looking up information on lyme disease symptoms. Everything clicked. The symptoms mirrored mine perfectly and it was easily treatable with simple antibiotics. I called the doctor and scheduled a visit with my new self diagnosis and got some antibiotics.
So after having taken the antibiotics (I was prescribed amoxicillin for 4 weeks) for a little over a week the fever and intensity of the symptoms have slowly started to dissipate. The awful burning sensation is mostly gone except for a light bit of it for a couple hours after I take the pill. Apparently I start to feel the symptoms again after taking the meds as the bacteria is being killed off it releases toxins into my system that make me feel sick. after about 3 hours I start to feel a little bit better. my weight is still ping ponging back and forth between 150/155. (my avrg weight is around 175)
The shakes and sweating are much milder now and im able to sleep now for stretches of 5-6 hours without too much trouble. I still have extreme joint pain and discomfort pretty much all over and my stomach is still very upset all the time ( feels like my gut is being clenched constantly ) but the flu like feeling has gone away for the most part. Its still really hard to eat and im getting some uncomfortable heart palpitations that seem to originate from my stomach. these are increased after taking the meds. but seem to be hopefully wearing off as I recover. When I first started taking the meds my heart rate would sky rocket so bad that I was afraid to even move.
I get some slight numbing sensations in my feet and hands and my head/neck aches really bad pretty much all the time and my joints are popping and snapping like popcorn anytime I move them but compared to what I was feeling like before I started taking the meds I am doing better. I still got 2 and a half weeks to go so hopefully I continue to recover.