LLMD in the Bay Area of CA?

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vertigogirl
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   Posted 10/22/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I am going to see my primary care on Monday and am anticipating difficulties convincing him to test me for Lyme - he's convinced my issues are skeletal-muscular. I just want to arm myself with other Dr.'s names in case I run into trouble. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
k

lhcook
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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My LLMD is in the Bay Area. E-mail me and I will give you his contact information. I highly recommend him.

Lucy

ticker
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   Posted 10/23/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi k, welcome to the board!

How long have you been sick?  Below is a Lyme symptom list.  You can have any combination of symptoms.  

Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Upset stomach
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Headache
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Tremor
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
 

It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. No Lyme test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab.  Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma.  Many people who have Lyme are co-infected.   It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. 

If you would like a doctor recommendation, you can email me at ko_@bellsouth.net   

It is also important to learn as much as possible.  I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at http://www.ilads.org/burrascano_0905.html  He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols.  He also lists diet, supplement, and exercise recommendations.  I also recommend the books "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton MD.

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