I had lymes pretty severely for about 4 years... Not sure if I kept catching it, or if it laid dormant and came back.Symptoms since 2004: Bilateral joint pain, starting in wrists, moving to finger joints, then ankles. Intermittent unexplained nausea, especially when out and about. Worst after waking, symptoms mimic carpal tunnel and actually underwent surgery. Symptoms mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis, but multiple tests over 2 years show no trace of Rheumatoid Arthritis - wide battery of tests recently came up clean.
Taking Doxycycline since July of 2007 at country doctor's recommendation as I live in heavily wooded area known for deer/ticks. Tick was embedded in back in early 2004, but no "bullet" mark noted. Test for Lyme came back negative (twice I think).
Had strong Herx reaction to doxy after 2 days, then symptoms dramatically dropped off.
Stopped taking doxy in December 2007, but after 2 weeks symptoms returned with worse pain in finger joints and ankles than before (wrists about the same as before treatment).
Back on Doxy now. Know that doxy has an anti-inflammatory effect. Concerned that this is not Lyme disease as doctor friend who studies diseases (not Lyme specifically) thinks Lyme should have been gone after about a month. Arthritis specialist asked me to change diet a month ago and drop off of doxy, but now has me back on doxy because "it works" and has no noticeable side effects.
Concerned about some other cause.
Thanks in advance!
It sounds like you definitely have lymes... its not uncommon for it to resist Anti Biotics...