My wife was diagnosed with Lyme disease two weeks ago. No known tick bite, no bulls-eye rash. We figure she was bitten after spending two days cutting back shrubbery around the house about two weeks before that (she doesn't want me trimming shrubs because I cut them back too far
She started feeling tired for about a week, then started flu symptoms--fever, joint and muscle aches, and a bad headache. No sore throat, cough, or head or chest congestion. Aching and headache just kept getting worse.
After three days of trying to medicate with tylenol, she finally decided to go to the doctor. We were driving there in the car when we remembered about her messing around in the shrubs. We live in a development but it's in a rural area and we have a lot of deer traffic through the back yard.
When the doctor heard the symptoms, he took blood to send out to test for Lyme, and immediately put her on tetracycline. They called two days later and said the blood test confirmed she has it. The doctor said when you have the rash only, it's stage 1; my wife is in stage 2 because she had the neurological symptoms and had elevated liver enzymes. Fortunately it didn't progress to the stage VigIIPeaBurner described above--hang in there Vig!!! I know it's nasty stuff--I've been hitched up to my wife 35 years next month and I've never
seen her that sick before.
Odd thing is, my wife never had a rash. The doctor said not every infected deer tick bite leaves a rash. She also may have been bitten on her scalp where it wouldn't show.
The doctor said if she'd gone much longer, she'd have had some longer-lasting, possibly permanent neuro impacts, as well as permanent liver and kidney damage. She was also just starting with some facial muscle drooping on one side of her face, but that seemed to go away as soon as the tetracycline kicked in.
My advice to anyone, if you get a deer tick bite, go to the doctor and get tested. Now. If you have a tick bite and a rash, go to the doctor. And most important, even if you didn't see a tick, and didn't get a rash, if you get the "flu symptoms" I described above, without any of the cold symptoms, go to the doctor and insist on a Lyme blood test. This stuff is no picnic.