Posted 7/1/2009 3:36 AM (GMT -6)
Welcome to the forum, Rollo,
I am sorry you are not feeling well and suffering the long wait for a diagnosis. I hope you are able to find help soon. I agree with the comments made by Gracie's mom. Seek a "lyme literate" doctor (use recommendations) and test for lyme and coinfections. Try to contact a local lyme support group.
Lyme disease (and coinfections) can affect all parts of the body and weaken the immune system. It seems that this combination can give an unlimited number and type of symptoms. It makes diagnosing and treating these diseases so difficult. So, to answer to your question-----your symptoms are common to lyme, but it does not mean you have lyme. It will likely take an experienced doctor to clinically diagnose you, and hopefully be able to support the diagnosis with appropriate lab tests. However, the lab tests are not reliable, and often do not "catch" all the positive cases. There are many reasons for this and you will read about it during your researching. One of the most useful tests here in the USA is called the Western Blot. One of the frequently used labs for testing is named IGeneX, in Palo Alto, CA. The lab has a website with interesting info. I am not sure which tests are done in Europe and which strains they are able to test for. Because people can travel the world now, it is possible to be infected with more than one strain. Each lab may not test for all the possibilities. This is a reason why a local support group could be helpful to you-----to find the right doctor plus a good lab. The support group could save you time and money.
You can start learning more about lyme by reading the topic posted at the top of the first page of this forum, entitled "The Basics, Newbies check this out". Also, you may find it useful to go to the website of ILADS, to get more information http://www.ilads.org/ (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society).
I hope your return to good health comes swiftly. Best wishes. bablymers mom