Sorry Karren, not sure if it is any help (or relevance) but when my (now) wife was hospitalised following increasingly severe asthma attacks as a student, her doctor ultimately linked to a mouldy environment she was advised to move to drier (mould free) accomodation.
More recently, she was feeling "allergic" when she sat in our living room for any length of time. After scratching our heads as to the cause and systematically washing soft furnishings and dusting the room (a frequent trigger for her astham) we discovered some mould on the back of an old leather sofa which had been pushed up agasint a cold (slightly damp) wall. When this was removed using a proprietry leather cleaner the "allergic" reaction went away.
Similarly, "Farmers Lung" is a condition of hyper sensitivity to mould caused by exposure to particualr fungi - this is increasingly recognised risk on industrial scale green (garden) waste composting sites.
I am very sorry to hear that you have got Lymes disease and particularly that it remained undiagnosed for so long. It is so important to catch it early as the long term effects can be so dibilitating - and it is surprising how unaware family doctors are of it. It does not help that the blood test can be a bit hit and miss.
To anyone else reading this... If you ever get bitten by a Tick and feel ill (particualrly lethargic) with non descript symptons up to 3 months later go to your GP and say you have been bitten by a tick and want them to do the blood tests! Lymes disease is horrible. Ticks need to be removed promptly (so check if you have been wondering around in long grass / other vegetation) and carefully to try and prevent the tick regurgitating toxins into the blood. I really rate the "O Tom" tick twister.
For more information about ticks and lymes disease try http://
Thank you Mazurka..Your imformation is helpful.. I have had to become quite active in reading and trying to understand what has happened..I have lost a lot of my arm usage and the last six months it has taken over my right arm to.. but I keep using them as much as possible.. both hips are bad.. right is worse then any... my hands seem to freeze in a claw shape by morning and it takes hours of use stretching etc.. to get them unclinched.. some days
are worse then others.. The pain is so bad as they are pried open.. I try to
roll my hand on a hard surface.. but found that hot water and rubbing them
together in that heat helps immensely.. but the cracking of the hands as they
try to open is creepy and excruciatingly painful...someone said to me awwww that must feel good when they finally pop!..??? no it doesnt feel good like when you were 30 and it actually felt good to allow that pop to release tension..but this popping is debilitating.. You should hear me try to get on
the stool to get up into bed...starts with one pop and stabbing sharp pain.
then multiple popping and stabbing pain from the hip up to my neck and
down to the ankles at times depending on what I am trying to do...It
absolutely stinks....very painful...
I am told it is Lyme Arthritis and because of the advanced stage of the disease.. it will not miraculously disappear with treatment.. although I think if we get some of the inflamation down.. that it will ease some of the pain..but not the deterioration of the bones...
Thankyou for your links and I hope that your wife gets some relief also.. I generally know in the morning weather the body will work badly. ..so so..or good..or not at all.. on a good day a single cane. ..on a so so..two canes on
mid day two canes.. walker rotation till evening unless I am too active thenbed by 7 or on couch legs resting....Now the next to worse day.. is to hobble up hall after calling my sis next door to ask her to walk the dog.. and help me if she can.. and anymore traveling is in my wheelchair especially on bill days or any kind of shopping even on the best day.. the worst day comes on the morning when I slept horrible and just cant move at all let alone wslk.. those days my sistergets a call to help me get turned over and upright.. she also helps me dress and will do food and loo runs... Its totally debilitating and so painful.. would never wish it on anyone else... Its humiliating to have to have someone help you dress or bath or do your toiletries.. so I try really hard to stay as active as I possibly can.. its vital... Lyme can be treated early and here right now the ticks are horrible.. the dog comes in and has to be inspected.. always find at least three usually five or six a trip to the yard.. if you get a tick.. put it in the bag double zip lock it and go to the Dr. a simple dosing of antibiotcs within the first twenty four hours can make the difference...do not fail..to treat.. 16 years untreated because I had not a clue about tics or Lyme diisease..early treatment or late treatment and immense pain suffering and confusion...when it gets in the brain.....thanks for the links.. sorry about my mouth running over.. but me fingers are working good today for texting...YAYYYYY!!!