Wow! So I started getting joint pain about two days ago, I think. At first it was very mild, then yesterday it kicked it up a notch.
When I first started Doxy in 2009, I had a severe bout of joint pain that lasted two days, and I think the same thing happend with Rifampin, so I’m HOPING this is just a herx reaction from the Bactrim and not the Lyme trying to invade my joints while it has the chance. It did this a few random night while at the hotel, as well, now that I recall…
It feels exactly–exactly–like when I was in university, two months after sustaining the tick bite, and woke up with so much pain in my left knee I could not move it. It feels like someone is trying to snap my knees in half, and not like anything I’ve ever felt; not even the tendon pain from when I had fibromyalgia equates to this. Last night it was both knees, and my right elbow. I thought I might start hyperventilating from the pain when I (perhaps stupidly) tried to roll over…! Oh my goodness!
When I awoke this morning, it was completely gone. Or at least I thought it was… Yesterday I awoke with knee pain and elbow pain, then today, upon moving around, found out it just traveled, so now it’s in my feet and my shoulders, instead. Still, it only gets to “feels like it’s breaking” level when I sleep.
I took a nap this afternoon–something that always makes me feel worse–and when I awoke, it was trying to happen again. I could feel the inflammation and warmth; I took ibuprofen and it’s tolerable, now.
Oh Lyme, you are a funny spirochete… Get out!
I never get joint pain. In having this blog for a year now, I still don’t have a tag for it! Now I do.
I have the deepest sympathy for those who deal with this symptom every day–I think I’d rather have one of my killer headaches!
ETA: I just had to come back and add this tidbit from Lyme-Symptoms.com’s Comparison Chart of Lyme Disease and Co-infections Symptoms:
“Being awakened by sudden severe arthritic pains throughout entire body that is excruciating, dramatic, and feels like you are on deaths door and most is gone by the next morning.”
♥ a rainbow at night