Hi, I’m from England. People here are really hit and miss as to whether they believe in Lyme disease. I was bitten when I was 14 on the leg and a week later I developed a ‘bulls eye’ rash at the site of the bite, accompanied by flu like symptoms. My mum didn’t know about Lyme disease and just told me it was coincidental that I felt ill at the same time as having a rash from a bite. I have been ill ever since, and I’m now 30. I’ve had a host of horrible symptoms but struggle to get anyone to take me seriously. I’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Irritable bowel syndrome. However these diagnoses don’t explain all my symptoms, such as irregular heart beat and tinnitus.
I recently went to the doctor to ask to be tested for Lyme Disease. He agreed and the test came back today. The doctor told me the test came back with a weak positive and because it was so long ago that I had the bite (16 years) he isn’t prepared to treat me for Lyme.
I’m now feeling really upset as hopeless. I know I had a bulls eye rash and all the symptoms of Lyme. I’ve been so ill ever since. There is little doubt in my mind that I have Lyme disease. I just don’t understand why the doctor is in willing to at least try and treat me. He said I just need to except that I have a life long debilitating condition (chronic fatigue syndrome) and learn to deal with it. However, I’m not ready to just except that diagnosis, especially given my history and ‘weak positive’ Lyme test, so I am now trying to find another doctor.