Jersey, I hate saying 'welcome to this board', but you are welcome, anyway! First time I finally sunk my belief into Lyme, I had no idea what it meant. I felt relief that one finds when one finally figures out what is wrong w/ them.
Lyme? Cool! I just need to have a blood test and take some abx and voila, I will be cured and finally 'normal' again.
Oops, when I came here to look for Drs, treatments, etc I was immediately overwhelmed and discouraged and I did not want to be here.
'Sick for years', 'abx for years', PIC lines, endless holistic and natural treatments, heavy metal toxicity, necessity of detox, 'Cure Unkown', endless list of symptoms, freaking CO-INFECTIONS...... Sheesh, I really did NOT want to belong here!
But everyone's posts here are excellent. And CajunGrl gave you some great links.
Jersey -- the Dr you are seeing now sounds good to me. At least so far. You're getting the proper tests, he's not ruling out other stuff. He's treating you and still testing you. Sounds open to treating Lyme, etc. See what the others think, but for the time being, this Dr sounds good to me -- IF you like him alright.
I believe it is important to do as much research as possible and I think you must like your Dr, whether he's LLMD or not.
For example, I am sorry to say that I do not like my LLMD, even tho he's an LLMD. I feel like I'm nothing but some cash on the side. But I would not have felt this way had I not learned so much on this forum and in my other research.
If you feel like your Dr is really trying to get you the proper diagnosis, I think you should stick w/ him until you feel otherwise.
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia, chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause?
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.