Realize that this still could be a virus, though, okay? Now with that said, now that you have developed chills and muscle and joint pains, those can also be the first signs of this infection.
We don't know much about
you so we will start listing things you can do.
If you can't get your regular GP to draw blood for you, see if your local hospital will for a test through Igenex. They are the most reliable lab we have for these tests.
For information on finding an ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) trained Lyme Literate Medical Doctor(LLMD) in your area, 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 envelope under my screen name. I may have contact information for some LLMD's in your area as well. Please include your state and area that you would like to find a LLMD in and I will see how close I can get to your
You can start a new thread titled something like "Looking for LLMD in the (insert the nearest larger city & state)
area". Members can email you about
the LLMD's that they see in that area if you have your email enabled. We don't allow doctors names to be posted though.
You can also email the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance at[url]email@example.com for LLMD referrals and you can go to tbdalliance.org
to learn 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
ILADS has their own referral system as well:ilads.org/ilads_media/physician-referral/
You will want to find an ILADS 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 healing journey:
Keep asking questions, that's how we learn about
And you should know that many more insects besides ticks spread these infections - so it doesn't matter if you found a tick or not. Please watch for any rashes. If some show up, take pictures of them, you can post them here if you wish, but you will want to be sure to show them to a LLMD to help them determine if you have experienced a Lyme rash.
Start now and keep a detailed record of your symptoms. School is just starting out, so you can get a single subject notebook pretty cheap and keep track that way, or there are some smart phone apps that you can use if you prefer. There's an online journal as well if you are interested.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15
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