I suspected Lyme was the culprit, and today my doc confirmed it. I'm in the second stage. The initial stage must've been pretty mild, then resolved. About a month ago I took some antibiotics for an infected tooth and it caused the bacteria to split up and colonize. I seem to have gotten treatment just shy of having some long-lasting neurological issues. My knee will likely have some arthritis from here on. What an awful experience. The pain is vicious. I really look forward to being able to think clearly again. I've been making all kinds of mistakes at work over the past couple of weeks. It wasn't until the last three days that things got bad. Today is my first day on antibiotics. I'm wondering how long it will take before I get some relief. What I didn't realize about Lyme is that the most infective stage of tick is the nymph. The doc said I wouldn't have had a chance to notice one of those. In fact, he was pretty clear that all the hype about checking for ticks to avoid Lyme is wishful thinking.