Hi, please forgive my lack of knowledge, I literally stumbled across an article on lupus last night and am almost certain it is the answer to my problems of nearly 20 years, and I have just looked into it on the NHS site which also makes me think this but makes no mention of tick bites which is how I initially came across it.
Sorry I'm rambling, but I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon and am wondering how to approach it.
Basically in 1997, whilst in Luxembourg, I got bitten by something on my leg, I though it was a fly and brushed it off, however I soon had an enormous raised circle rash that went over my whole thigh.
A few months later, when back in the UK I had a ringworm like rash appear on my leg, and over time they appeared on my torso and arms as well. I asked several GPs what it could be on and off over several appointments and finally a locum asked if I had been tested for thyroid (I hadn't but this came back positive for hypothyroidism which I have taken medication for ever since-175mg per day ). This seemed to help clear the fogginess from my brain at first although it still returns often, and my tiredness is almost constant. The marks on my body went whilst pregnant but came back again and have now been diagnosed as granuloma annular. I have other skin issues which are unknown what they could be. My hands and feet swell massively, sometimes for months at a time, and I often get head pain so severe I lose vision and looking down even to eat makes me feel dizzy for ages. I have constant pain in my back, as well as pretty much everywhere most days and feel like I am 90 years old. If I push myself to have an active day with my children, afterwards I feel so tired I literally could fall asleep anywhere.
I was told I probably have fibromyalgia which I felt was just something they said to 'answer' my concerns, but what got me looking into it again was when I recently got bitten by something on my arm and I reacted so badly to it, even 2 weeks later it still itches like mad, which reminded me how where I got bitten in 1997 sometimes still flares up, with a visible bite mark and small red ring around that itches.
The article i found linked a bite to lupus but there is nothing in the NHS website about it. I have a doctor's appointment today but don't know what to say so I don't sound like a hypochondriac idiot. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the essay!