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First off, good to virtually meet everyone. This post is going to be a little long-winded, so bear with me. I've had a bunch of seemingly random things happen to me in the last month or so, and I am starting to suspect an infectious disease such as Lymes.
I'm a 35-year old male, and I am married and have three children, ages 7, 5, and 17 months.
OK, here goes. For the month or so leading up to when my other symptoms started, I felt a little under the weather. A little tired, a little lethargic maybe, but minor enough where I ignored it as "tired parent syndrome."
Then maybe a month or so ago, I started experiencing UTI-like symptoms: mild burning, urgency, etc. Dealt with it for a while because it really wasn't that bad, and I've had a UTI before and wasn't overly worried.
Then, on Tuesday of last week, I am sitting at work and the left side of my face and left arm started tingling and felt sort of numb. I panicked a bit because I imagined that's how a stroke feels. Went to urgent care and they checked my cognitive and motor functions; no sign of stroke. The numbness and tingling happened multiple times throughout that week.
Thursday I went back to urgent care because of the urinary stuff. They did a physical exam and put me on Cipro to treat prostatitis. About halfway in, I realized the Cipro REALLY wasn't agreeing with me, and I switched to Bactrim instead. Still taking that.
And then, the numbness / tingling seemed to settle into a tension headache with a little numbness...felt like I had a tight band around my head. Finally, on Sunday June 26, the numbness happened again so I went to the ER. They did some tests, attributed my issues to a migraine, didn't seem overly concerned (easy for them to say!).
My primary doctor had ordered an MRI of my head and neck to rule out anything really bad. Head and neck MRI were completely normal. I also have a urology appt scheduled for July 8, just to be safe there with the urinary stuff. I also just had blood work done for a Lyme test, but I won't get the results back until Tuesday the 5th.
Now, my jaw has started to randomly hurt. I feel very tired and lethargic, and I feel very disconnected from the day-to-day activities of life. I get cold sweats and generally feel crummy. I feel like my eyes are more light sensitive than before. It has been almost impossible to focus at work and I'm super stressed and anxious about it all.
Anyway, I'm not really looking for a diagnosis here; maybe just moral support. I'm convinced I have Lyme's or another infectious disease, as these symptoms seem too random to just have happened all at once.
Thanks for your support and comments!
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