While I do agree with you that not everyone that finds their way to this forum actually has Lyme disease, we do our very best to not assume this either. We get no satisfaction from others going through this, believe me. If anything, we wish to prevent others from getting these infections.
Also, because these tick-borne infections are usually the ones being misdiagnosed, we listen/read carefully to try to help the person realize that it may not be Lyme, when symptoms are not clear.
With that said, this is a 2 year old thread, and I believe this poster has a positive Lyme test, and those are quite hard to come by, even for those that have these infections. This situation was resolved, as stated by the OP in the thread above your first post, and hasn't logged on here in over a year. I can't remember the details of every member here, but it's possible that this person has healed and moved on with their life.
We do watch for allergic reactions to the meds that are commonly used, as well. We are generally pretty quick to tell members to get to an ER when it looks like it could be an allergic reaction, or if there are other serious complications. You must have assumed that we didn't do any of these things?
Anyway, what it comes down to is I didn't understand what I said that you felt compelled to post those comments to me. I asked a very understandable question, since you are posting on a Lyme forum. I DO understand what you are saying, I promise - but those of us here have heard more than enough warnings about
"it might not be Lyme" from many others in our lives usually. Many here have positive tests or have had a response to treatments that shows we have these infections. We get no satisfaction in seeing more members here.
I'd be willing to go so far as to say that we would be thrilled if there was no need for any Lyme forums, because these infections were recognized and treated properly from the start - but the truth is actually very opposite. Many still come to us with YEARS of agony, disappointment, and bullying from others because the "doctors said it wasn't Lyme" or the doctors don't know what it is (which is what happened to me). As I'm sure you know, leaving any infection, much less these infections, untreated only leads to tons of damage to the body.
While we will definitely appreciate your input, please do be sensitive to what WE have gone through as well.
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Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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