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For Those Of You W/ Lyme Disease


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For those with you with lyme disease. Does it exist in Ohio? What were your symptoms? How do they accurately diagnose you? I heard you can have lyme, and the blood test may turn out negative.

All I know is 4 years ago I went to Canada, shortly after I came home I got ill, I didn't have joint pain at first, my first symptoms was lightheadedness, tachycardia, dizziness, feeling like I was going to pass out, nausea/vomiting, loose stools(like water sometimes), hot flashes/shivering, visual symptoms, ringing in the ears, but now my neck, shoulders, hips, and other joints hurt, and I am feeling very weird in my head, it's scaring me.

I know when my bp get low, I get this weird feeling in my head, I assume this is due to the lack of oxygen in the brain, but why do I get this weird feeling in my head when my bp is normal?

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Yes Ohio is a state with lyme disease, but with a low Lyme disease risk, with the 4 or 5 northeast counties with a medium risk. Each year Ohio has about 55 cases of Lyme Disease reported with 1997 being at 40 cases and 2002 being 82 cases. Canada also has area's of lyme disease risk.

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Hi, Lyme is present all through the US, including Ohio. As far as the numbers go, I think they are greatly underreported to the CDC, considering the testing is unreliable.

Here is a map showing up to 2006 - http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/Maps/index.html

If you suspect Lyme you should get checked out by a lyme literate doctor. The web site lymenet.org has a section on their support forums for those seeking a doctor. For me, I only found out I had Lyme after testing positive for 3 other tick borne coinfections. Prior to that I had always had negative lyme tests and thought there was no reason to pursue further.

Here is a link to a listing of symptoms - http://www.lymeinfo.net/lymefiles.html

If you want more information, feel free to send me a message.

Take care,

Pam

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