Thank you for the info. The doctor I'm speaking of openly criticizes the health service there, not only for ignoring endemic Borrelia, but also ignoring Australians who come home with the disease from another country. He is the first one I know of to really document cases and publish them.
Hmm I think we have had the same dr. I have heard "No, you're fine..." more times than I ever want to count.
Wow, I just learned there is no Oz version of the CDC. That seems a little bit stupid. This link is the closest you're going to get (ACT is the capital territory of the country, so it's a better bet than NSW or QLD state governments). http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-contact.htm
Think your best bet is to talk to WHO though the dr may actually have to be the one to report the cases. http://www.who.int/countries/aus/en/
My bad! Sorry for mixing you up! I guess I'll blame my Lyme cognitive problems! ;)
And yes, getting Lyme is definitely more likely in New York or Maine than in Oregon. I've just been burned by a doctor who wouldn't test me for Lyme and Babesia when I asked because he said with disdain, "It's sooooo unlikely." (It turns out I have Lyme and Bartonella. The jury is still out on whether I have Babesia. I certainly have some symptoms.) The tests are cheap compared to ongoing illness and I figure it's better to test even if it's unlikely when other more likely possibilities have already been eliminated.
The doctor in NSW I referred to has treated a number of patients who were bitten/infected in Queensland, so he's familiar with the locations I mentioned to him as possible exposure sites for me (he confirmed one of them). I haven't contacted any government officials there, although maybe I should.
I forgot to mention, Queensland is a different state than NSW. Is your the dr your corresponding with in NSW with multiple cases? Have you contacted the Queensland state government? The government here sure likes it's bureaucracy, so honestly I'm not surprised you're getting the brush off.
Wow, big ball of confusion we got here. LOL
@Leah216, I'm in Australia so I think that's where the Oz comment came from.
@Ricobord, I didn't know that there was a prevalence of Lyme disease, in Australia- but I wasn't suggesting there wasn't. I only meant that statistically, unless she's an avid backpacker, hunter, or animal lover, she's much more likely to have gotten Lyme disease living in New York or Maine than in Oregon. Worth checking out, but right now it's low risk factors.
Too funny! Unfortunately there is Lyme Disease in Oregon, too.
Yeah, it definitely is! Thank you for your help!
Oh no! I'm not in Austrailia. O_o Not sure why my account says that. I live on the Oregon Coast.
I see you're in Australia. Believe it or not, I got my Lyme Disease / Borrelia in Queensland when I was there on vacation. I have exchanged emails with a doctor who is treating patients with the disease and he confirmed the location where I was exposed. He has 4 patients who have never left the country and many more who got sick after local tick bites, so the government there is clearly looking bad these days in continuing to deny it's endemic. Over a hundred patients have filed a class action lawsuit against the New South Wales health system because they can't get treatment for a disease their government says only exists overseas, even if they contracted it overseas. A down side to government health care.
Here in the US, it has been recorded in every state, although it is more common in the northeast, upper midwest, and Pacific coast.
Lyme disease is really nasty and can have a confusing variation of symptoms that look like other diseases, making it hard to diagnose. It comes from ticks and is more common on the Eastern coast of the US I believe. If you have animals or been camping recently it's worth asking for the test.
Surgeries are scary, yes. But it might be something to save your pennies for. :/ For now chiropractor will likely be your cheapest, safest option.
Hmm.. I didn't think about that. I've actually never heard of it, either.
You know, I did think about there. There is a local chiropractor here where I live, and I thought about seeing him. After all, what could it hurt right?
Thank you for the response! I have definitely thought about doing that; sadly, I'd have to save for it because I don't have the best insurance, and.. well.. I'm kinda scared of surgeries.
Yeah that's a good point to clarify. When I said pressure on the knees and feet that comes from having so much excess weight- I don't know if DDD is enough to give you enough excess weight to cause a problem though. My experience with knee and feet problems comes from being 50lbs+ overweight. So I know weight can cause it, breast size is definitely linked to back pains, but you need a good deal of extra weight for knee problems.
One more thought... I am a DD and I have never had middle back, tailbone, knee or ankle pain from being well endowed. Perhaps neck, shoulder, and upper back, but certainly not knee or ankle!
Given the strange back pain along with bad headaches and other joint pain, you might want to get checked out for Lyme Disease.
Honestly 5 lbs on the front of you can cause problems from your neck to your feet. I've been overweight all my life and only just started loosing weight. So I can tell you first hand how much a difference even a few pounds makes on the back and knees. Also, small anecdote, my grandma had DD breasts and had to have a reduction surgery done because of the pain it was causing on her back. Very possible that all this pain comes from your breasts and it may be time to consider a reduction (if you can get a dr or two to agree that this is causing severe back pain that will only get worse insurance will usually cover a breast reduction) or trying to loose weight if your breast size comes from being overweight.