Welcome to our community! I'm so glad you found us.
I edited your post, only to space it out some - some with Neuro Lyme have a lot of trouble reading large paragraphs, so we try to remember to have lots of spacing in our posts here so that more people can easily read them and can comment.
Yes, you do need to be checked out for Lyme and co-infections, as well as other infections, as it's quite common to have things like EBV (Epstein Barr Virus, the one responsible for Mono), Herpes viruses, and others.
If you haven't yet, it would be helpful for you to start with reading through the thread at the top of the forum titled,"New to Lyme?...Start here!!", as it is packed full of important information, symptom lists, helpful links and pdf's, how to detox when one has these infections, information on probiotics and much more. And this is another good list of possible detoxing routines: www.tiredoflyme.com/detox-methods.html
Detoxing for us is an incredibly important part of our healing.
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 (or province) and area that you would like to find a LLMD in and I will be happy to share the names I have.
You can email the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org
for LLMD referrals.
You can 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 a well trained doctor, not one that has self proclaimed themselves as a LLMD or an ID Doc (Infectious Disease Doctor), as ID docs 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:www.lymenet.org/BurrGuide200810.pdf
Do be sure to ask to be put on a cancellation list, as there are often times these doctors have very long wait times, but if you are on a cancellation list, the office can call you and let you know if someone has cancelled an appt that you can then take. Many get in much sooner by doing this.
There are things you can do now to help you too!! Start by working on your diet and detoxing. Your diet basically needs to be very healthy - no fast foods, as few prepared or 'boxed' foods as you can possibly handle, good quality protein, and lots of vegetables. Usually a low carb diet is best as well, as it leads to less issues with Candida (yeast infection).
I listed a site that has really good detoxing suggestions for Lyme patients. Any questions you have, please do feel free to ask!! There are no dumb questions here - if you don't know or don't understand, please do ask.
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 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)