Welcome to our community! I'm glad you found us.
No, someone that does NOT have Lyme will NOT have a Lyme specific band show up on their test. Why? Because the tests rely on antibody production, and Lyme lowers the immune function, so it's not always capable of producing enough antibodies to have enough bands turn positive or IND (indeterminate) for a CDC positive test. I'm one of them. I had these infections for nearly 40 years when I first tested, and it took a full 12 months of treatment before I tested positive.
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, here's another good place to find helpful detoxing routines:
So, now you need to find a doctor that is very knowledgeable about
these infections and how to treat them properly. The best we have are usually referred to as Lyme Literate Medical Doctors. Those doctors that have chosen to further their 2 paragraph to 2 page education on Lyme in medical school, usually have joined a Medical Society called ILADS.
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]firstname.lastname@example.org for LLMD referrals
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: www.ilads.org/lyme/treatment-guideline.php
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)