Posted 2/17/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -6)
Welcome to our forum!! I am sorry that you have a need to be here, but I am glad you found us!!
It is well established fact that spinal taps are not a reliable way to test for LD or any other tick-borne infection, it is a procedure that has considerable risks also. YOu really should get in to see a Practitioner that has had some training in recognizing & treating tick-borne illnesses.
Tick can be as small as the period at the end of this sentience. They can attach on the scalp (& elsewhere without being noticed) and get scratched off without the person even knowing it was there to begin with! Another thing is that not everyone gets a rash, as a matter of fact, only about 40 % of
those infected ever see a rash. I'm one of those that have never had a bull's eye rash - I've had a lot of other rashes that I now know were from another tick-borne infection, but no doctor has ever connected them to any tick-borne infection until I saw a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD).
Although I am not medically trained ans cannot diagnose you - with the results that you posted, it is quite likely that you have Lyme Disease - which means you should seek out treatment from a LLMD or other practitioner that is educated about Lyme & other tick-borne infections (called co-infections).
YOu will need to educate yourself about these tick-borne infections, as you will need to be your own health advocate now. A really great, easy way to start or to continue your education is to read through the thread at the top of the
forum titled, "New to Lyme?...Start here!". The members here put together what they believed to be really important info and some really great, informative links for those who are just starting out.
I posted a really good explanation on the Western Blot (can be found in the thread "New to Lyme?") just before I saw your post - I'm sure you will benefit from reading through it!!
Once again, welcome!!! I hope that you feel right at home here!!