... is there a way for doctors to tell how long you've had lyme disease? for example, would some kind of blood test be able to indicate how long it's been in your system?
I never have had the EM rash or remember having a bite or even finding a tick on me. I live in an area where there are A LOT of deer (they are always in our yard - and practically everywhere in the neighborhood).
I brought this up one time before I think - I had a slightly similar illness when I was 9 - the doctors never found out what it was (at the time, I was not tested for lyme as it was not that common) and said it seemed like mono. I was achy and tired all the time and was put on a non-dairy, non-yeast, low sugar diet. After about 9 months, it went away.
I now wonder if that was lyme disease and worry that if what I have now is actually a result of chronic lyme than the treatment may have to be different/more aggressive.
How can doctors tell if you have chronic lyme?