"I wish I knew what it was then!"
I know how you feel. I had such a typical bulls eye rash and should have known what it was. I could kick myself now, but there is nothing I can do now about that. I do wish I had a picture or could get into my brain and take a picture the way I remember it.
The serology tests are really only good in the first year. After that, your immune system begins to get worn down and the antibody load decreases. After, like 3 months, it is considered "Late Lyme Disease".
14 years undiagnosed Lyme. I had a bulls-eye rash following a camping trip to NC in 1994. Swollen knees and replapsing and remitting vertigo followed for the next 14 years. All Lyme tests negative. Could possibly be B. lonestari due to being bit in the South.
Just began treatment with low dose Minocycline and Benicar.