You know Uppity, I completely agree. Lately this board seems like it's turned into the Lyme board instead. It's getting daunting to know that each newbie to the MS board will have a response or two from someone on the Lyme board crying out "It's Lyme! It's Lyme!"
MS'ers don't infiltrate the Lyme board the way the Lymies seem to want to do to this board.
I think we truly do all mean well here. I understand both sides of the issue. I am not a "lyme fanatic" nor would I ever discourage a person from ruling out a different diagnosis. Let's be honest here, the treatments that we all deal with, injections etc, are no picnic so wouldn't it be a shame if a person diagnosed with MS went through all of that for years only to have a different illness that could have been cured? I just think that it doesn't hurt to check things out and I think that is all that was being promoted - just information.
As for doctors being able to test for Lyme, it isn't an insult to the physician to say that the diagnosis may not be accurate, but just a statment in the varying processes that labs have for testing for the disease, some are more thorough than others. For example, my nephew was diagnosed with Lyme at one clinic in MN and they sent the test to Mayo Clinic who came back saying that he definately didn't have Lyme and it was most likely another autoimmune disease. Well, after alot of "battles of wills", my sister and her husband got their little guy in to see a physician that would send the test to IGENIX (it's hard to find a physician who will do that after Mayo has said that it wasn't Lyme). It turned out that he had four different Lyme agents in his system. He has now been treated and is doing great.
Again, I'm not a "lyme fanatic", just a person diagnosed with MS that is suffering a great deal with injections, side effects from injections, and now subsequent depression from the interferon so I actually would be thrilled to hear that I have Lyme instead so if that is at all a question in someones mind, I don't think it should ever be discouraged to seek further testing.
Just my 2 cents - for what it's worth!