My doctor seems to think that the tests run so far show that I have a clean bill of physical health, despite my symptoms. So I've ended up playing House, M.D. I admit, it may be a worthless cause, as the human brain is programmed to look for patterns, even if they don't exist. Regardless, I try and be scientific about it, but the pattern I keep finding is Lyme disease.
The case for Lyme is pretty simple: I've visited a few tick-infested areas this summer (Yosemite, Bodega Dunes, Lake Sonoma) and every single one of my symptoms has Lyme disease listed as a possible cause. My initial symptoms started just days after visiting Lake Sonoma. The rebuttal is that they're also symptoms of anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and several other issues as well as the fact that Lyme is nowhere near as prevaliant on the West Coast as the East.
The case against is also pretty simple: No bull's-eye rash. Limited fever. Two negative ELISA tests The rebuttal is that 1 in 4 Lyme sufferers either didn't have or didn't notice a bull's-eye rash, not everyone gets a fever, and the ELISA test is notorious for producing false negatives. The CDC explains why ELISA false negatives occur, though: Premature testing and antibiotic interferrance… both of which have happened to me.
I admit I almost want it to be Lyme disease. In theory, just a course of antibiotics and done, right? But I really want to be sure, one way or the other.
Yesterday, I started having increased sensitivity to sound. Today, I started having tinninitus. Possible causes (of several) for both? Lyme disease or depression (yay). They're also symptoms of a migraine… but a migraine is also a symptom of Lyme disease and depression.
How the hell am I supposed to watch The Force Awakens now???