Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Before being bitten by 2 tiny ticks (on 2 separate occurrences, 2 and a half months apart) in the spring of 2012 and being diagnosed (2 years later) with Lyme disease I was healthy and active, enjoying life with my busy family and teaching Early Childhood Special Education. This is how my battle with untreated Lyme disease began.
(Want our FREE Lyme disease download that’ll give you the signs, symptoms, and stages of Lyme? Simply click the link below for the printable PDF.)
I was physically fit and active, running, walking, and doing yoga and Pilates. Most of all, I enjoyed spending time with family and friends and being outside.
Untreated Lyme Disease: The Battle Begins
After the tick bites I became very ill and unable to get out of bed for several days.
I had horrible migraines, muscle aches, a high fever, and was throwing up. I was lethargic and so dizzy I could barely stand. My coloring was pale and my family and friends could tell by looking at me that something was very wrong.
Initially, I went to the doctor and told him about finding a tick on my back in a hard-to-reach area. He asked if I had been to the northeastern United States or if I had a bulls-eye rash. I’ve never been to the northeastern states and didn’t ever notice getting a bulls-eye rash, although I have had all sorts of strange rashes since then.
No medical testing was performed, but the doctor said I had “tick fever”. When I asked the doctor if that was the same as for Lyme disease he said that you can’t get Lyme disease in Missouri.
Much to the detriment of patients throughout the United States, this couldn’t be further from the truth about the debilitating effects of untreated Lyme. Unfortunately, the doctor sent me home to recover and said it might take a few days to recover.
Learning About Lyme Disease “The Hard Way”
Four weeks later I still felt very ill, like I had a bad case of the flu. It was getting more difficult to work, sleep and keep my normal everyday routine because I was so uncomfortable and tired.
I made another appointment to see a different doctor and get a second opinion, and he said pretty much the same thing. He asked if I had visited the northeastern US. I never have. He told me to watch for a bulls-eye rash, but (supposedly) if I didn’t see one, the illness would run its course and I would get better.
I’ve learned since then that less than 50% of people with Lyme disease remember getting any sort of rash. Unfortunately, Lyme screening tests are notoriously inaccurate and produce many false negatives.
Chronic Illness And Struggling To Find A New Normal
Lyme disease is an illness that’s hard to comprehend unless you’ve experienced it yourself. To say that Lyme has changed my life is an understatement. But, even on my most difficult days, I have so much that I’m thankful for.
I would like to share more of my story later, but it’s long so I’ll take it a piece by piece. I’ve talked to many other people who have had the same experiences, being told Lyme didn’t occur where they live and not received prompt and proper treatment. I believe it’s essential to share our stories with others to bring light to the truth about Lyme, uncovering all the misconceptions (even within the medical community) along the way. Thanks for reading.
Want to learn more?
I created a Lyme resource to help answer your questions. The guide provides you with:
- more details about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
- valuable information on diagnosis and testing
- where to find financial help for Lyme patients
- prevention tips
- instructions for how to properly remove a tick
- and more…
all based on research. Simply click below to check it out.
Have you ever been bitten by a tick and gotten sick? If so, what tests (if any) were performed and what treatment were you given? Do you feel better now?
If you want to learn more about untreated Lyme disease, you’ll want to check out:
- Living With Lyme Disease, Part 2
- Undiagnosed And Suffering With Lyme Disease: I Felt Like I Was Dying
- Is Chronic Lyme Disease Real?
- Tick Identification Guide And Protecting Your Pets
- Warning: Lyme Disease Is Spreading Faster Than AIDS
- Chronic Illness: What’s A Spoonie Anyway?
This post contains affiliate links. And you can read our Affiliate Policy here.