And just to be clear, the Western Blot isn't the best test, because it looks for antibodies too, unlike all other tests that are used to look for infections which look for the bacteria. That would be a PCR test for Lyme disease, but Igenex does those as well.
Lyme bacteria reproduce at a very slow rate compared to other bacteria, so that's why it takes longer for the test and for treatments - which is why ID doc's can't effectively treat these infections - they try to treat them like other bacteria - and they just aren't like most other bacteria!!
I would greatly encourage you to read through the thread that sits at the top of the forum, "New to Lyme? Start here!" as it's packed with important information, symptom lists (Lyme rarely travels by itself), detoxing suggestions and much, much more.
For information on finding a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor(LLMD) in your area, you can start a new thread titled something like:"Looking for LLMD/LLND in the _______ area." Although you will need to enable your email option in your profile in order to receive any recommendations, as we don't allow doctor's names and contact info to be posted on the forum for several reasons. You can enable your email option in your profile, under 'edit profile'. Be sure to click the submit button to actually save your preference.
You can send me an email by clicking on my screen name or the small blue envelop under my screen name. I may have contact information for some LLMD's in your area as well.Please be sure to include what area of what state you are looking for a LLMD/LLND in.
You can email Stephanie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also go to: www.turnthecorner.org/
if you want to learn a little bit more about
You can also go to The Lyme Disease Association and search for LLMD's 3 times in a month. You have to register first. Here is the link: www.lymediseaseassociation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=277&Itemid=74
You can also now email TBDA (Tick Borne Disease Alliance) at email@example.com
and ask for LLMD referrals also.
You will want to find an ILADS (International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society) trained doctor, as ID Docs (Infectious Disease Doctors) believe Lyme is hard to catch and easy to treat, and don't believe in the reality of chronic Lyme. Go to the ILADS site to read the new (2014) Treatment guidelines to get you started on your Lyme journey.www.ilads.org/lyme/ILADS_Guidelines.pdf
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12 - no active symptoms
Healed from tick-borne infections, now healing from the damage they left behind.www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
Back in treatment for new Lyme case 8/2014