I am married with 3 daughters. I am an electrical engineer and work on integrated circuit design. Prior to this I enjoyed working on home improvement projects, volunteering for non-profits and a robotics coach at a middle school. I am still able to work.
I am 56 years and live in Garland TX. Other than this recent illness I have been in good health. In May 2003 I pulled a bug from the back of my head. It was the shape of a water melon pit and was solid gray with a bluish hue. I had gone golfing the prior day and I went looking for my ball in a very wooded area. I figured I got on me when I crawled under a bush to pick up a ball. I had never seen it before. I did not think about this again until over a year later. Starting a few weeks later numerous symptoms followed - flu like feeling, chest/pains, abdominal cramps, sinus problems, speech problems, tooth/gum pain, some joint pain, muscle twitching, tingling arms, low body temp. (96.5-97), testicular tenderness, emotional sensitivity, alcohol intolerance etc. The non-neurological symptoms usually last for 1-2 weeks and go away. The neurological symptoms - slurred speech, muscle twitching, emotional sensitivity have persisted. My current diagnosis is PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis). This is a very rare disease (7-14 people/yr in the US get this with the initial symptoms related to speech). I am thinking the PLS may have been triggered from a bite of a Lone Star tick. It can cause a disease called STARI. There is no test for STARI so I cannot confirm any of this.
Oct 01, 2008
Sep 15, 2011
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