Originally Posted by AtYourCervices
Besides the tiredness is he having other symptoms? Is he achey?
Two thoughts came to mind: Mono or Lyme Disease
You have a dog, which could bring in ticks from a walk. Lyme Disease causes tiredness & depression. Also, Lyme Disease can mimic ADD.
He doesn't complain about aches, although I could ask. Lyme is a scary thought, because I'm not sure how one would determine that or treat it after all this time. It's been going on too long to be mono, I think, and when I asked a dr. to test for it, he said there was no reason to because there was nothing they could do to treat it. Do you know whether one can test for Lyme and if so can it be treated after a long time?
I have to say, I am feeling rather desperate for support with this kid because I love him so much and I so want to do right by him, and the people around me don't like the low-key way I raise - giving him too much freedom for some people's taste, and demanding too much of him for other people's. I don't feel I can talk to anyone anymore about my concerns so I am grateful to be able to get some feedback here. Thank you.
The tests for Lyme Disease are highly inaccurate, especially if you have a case that's gone untreated for a long time.. There's a huge controversy regarding the proper treatment for long term Lyme Disease, too, so even if he does have that you may have difficulty finding somebody who would treat it properly (IV antibiotics for at least a few months).
I'd suggest you look up the symptoms of Lyme Disease, and if his symptoms match up, try to find a Lyme Literate Doctor. They may even treat him for Lyme Disease based on symptoms alone. Warning, though, if it is Lyme Disease his symptoms will become even more severe during the first few weeks of treatment. That is an expected reaction and would verify that it is Lyme Disease.
Even if you don't recall having seen a bullseye rash on him, that doesn't mean he doesn't have it. Not everybody gets the rash. I never did.
I have late stage Lyme Disease, untreated. I consider myself "in remission" right now because I'm not nearly as bad as I once was. I still have some of the symptoms, though. I know that the Lyme could come back with a vengeance at any time, though. Currently my symptoms include:
- occasional pain, difficulty chewing
- hearing loss (and oddly occasional sensitivity to noise)
- occasional light sensitivity
- sore throat, swollen glands
- headaches, petit mal seizures, I've had meningitis twice, stiff neck, burning, tingling & prickling sensations, hyperreflexes, loss of coordation, MS like syndrome
- Occasional nausea & vomiting
- Weakness, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, fainting,
- Muscle & joint pain/inflammation
- Mood swings, irritability, poor concentration, cognitive loss, memory loss, depression, disorientation, sleep disturbances
Wow. Typing that all out it seems like a lot! Though at one time I experienced all those symptoms at the same time, and the symptoms were intense, now I'm able to live with it. You get used to it after awhile, and it just becomes how life is. If I got sick when I was really young, I would have probably thought this is normal to feel like crud all the time. I mean, I can function right now, so I'm not really sick, right?
I don't experience all those symptoms at the same time now. Right now my main complaints are a sore throat, swollen glands (which could just be a cold but it's been going on for a month), headaches, tingling & prickling sensations, weakness, joint/muscle pain, and all of the neuropsychiatric symptoms. I've found some over the counter medicated creams that gets rid of the rashes. But the symptoms aren't really bad right now. The symptoms are quite mild and I can ignore it for the most part. Looking at me, you wouldn't realize I was sick. I don't think either of us would realize I was still sick unless I was prodded to tell you what symptoms I experience. Until I wrote this out, I figured I was a-okay. Typing out my symptoms, though, I know I'm still sick. Just because I'm not as bad off as I once was doesn't mean I'm cured.
See, that can be the problem with late stage Lyme Disease. He might not even realize he has these symptoms unless you ask him. His symptoms may be so mild, or he could be used to it, that he doesn't even know anything is wrong.