CajunGRl, I apologize profusely if I am the one to whom you have directed your defense. NO ONE here is challenging you beliefs or knowledge.
I sincerely hope that this is a discussion and not a debate.
However, it is a fact that the CD57 generally indicates Lyme if those numbers are low, and not other diseases. NOT in ALL cases, of course, but generally.
I don't believe anyone here has given BP poor advice. No one here has attemped to diagnose him or her. WE have only advised that it appears visiting an LLMD is in order.
AND, certainly NO ONE here has advised treatment for an illness we don't know about.
I just feel that BP needs to go on and visit the LLMD who will be able to chart the symptoms, order and interpret the proper tests, etc. Altho Lyme cannot ever be ruled out, lab tests CAN, in fact, lead one in certain directions w/ the hope certain diseases, infections and syndromes out.
AND with the help of a reputable, genuine LLMD, I believe that BP CAN, in fact, be pointed in the right direction.
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.