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First time post and just after a bit of advice from people who may have had a similar situation to myself or who can offer me any advice....
Ok, so basically about 3-4 weeks ago I found quite a large sore lump on my scalp. I couldn't see it in the mirror because of where it was, but my partner said it was a spot. I kept touching it and trying not to pick it but it seemed to get bigger and more sore, and it felt like it had a funny scab on it. Anyway, last Saturday I was fiddling with it again, and with my nails I pulled out (to my Horror), this white hard lump with blood on the end. I showed my partner who said straight away that's a tick. We have 3 dogs, so I guess getting a tick isn't so unusual. The time up until this, I hadn't been feeling too clever - I'd felt very fluey and had night sweats where I woke up my hair soaking wet. I'd also had bad headaches but put this down to flu.
Last Monday I came home from work and I was ridiculously hot then freezing the next minute, I just didn't feel right. I went to bed and when I woke up to go to work, I couldn't put any weight at all on my right leg, or bend my knee. I sat down and looked at my knee and it was really swollen with a hard lump above the kneecap. I tried walking a bit more but it was unbelievably painful. I rang 111 who advised me to go to a and e. They were useless. They dismissed my tick bite and told me to rest it and ice it and take painkillers. They didn't know what it was and quite frankly couldn't be bothered to find out what had caused this.
I saw my GP on the Wednesday as I wasn't happy and the pain and swelling was getting worse. He agreed that it was very much a coincidence this was happening alongside my bite and prescribed me antibiotics plus tramadol for pain. I've also had a blood test but waiting on the results. I have heard that the blood test can be quite innacurate? I certainly don't want Lyme disease but I'm worried it is but the test doesn't show it and then what do I do, or of it isn't what else could it be? I'm still in a lot of pain and in general just feel really crappy, but the swelling has gone down a little bit. Oh - I don't have a rash either. Can anyone help?! Please!!
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