I hadn't heard of a Physiatrist, either. It's a Dr. who specializes in rehab, and pain meds.
I was sent to him to have an EMG and a NCS. He was an odd duck.
After the EMG and NCS was done...he said to me: "This isn't your fault."
And, he then asked if my husband could come in, which I agreed to.
Then he said to him "I told your wife she doesn't need to apologize, this isn't her fault. She's a nice lady."
What a weirdo. My husband looked at me with this expression of "huh?"
I was never sent to a Psychiatrist. My GP has been really supportive...she checked me out from head to toe with lab work and imaging. I've had several MRI's, ultrasounds, a couple x-rays, and a CT scan (which I regret - too much radiation)
My GP had actually tested me for Lyme - but the Canadian test is so crappy...of course it was negative.
So at about
13 months in, on one of my google sessions...I stumbled across this forum....asked the members if they thought my symptoms could be lyme.
My previous google searches - symptoms mentioned were: fatigue - nope, bulls-eye rash - nope, flu-like symptoms - nope. Didn't have those...so moved on.
The responses to my post on this forum was - yes, get tested through Igenex.
I did that...and it came back positive. (14 months after symptoms started)
They're still working on the lyme disease framework. We've got a couple of advocates who have been to the Legislature a couple of times now. I'm not optimistic it will be a solid plan that will result in better testing, diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Z may treat a few months....but I doubt much longer than that...I hope she does. She isn't taking new patients though, right?
My LLND treats with antibiotics - two at a time...he has healed many. He is the best we have (Richmond), but I reached a plateau with him...so have had to be creative. I think he will also do IV abx - which would work for you since you're on the Mainland already.
Other BC'ers cross the border and see a LLMD in Seattle.
If I knew then what I know now...I would have spent the money and flown to Washington DC. to Dr. J.
Expensive, yes...but if he got me well sooner...I would be back to work now...lost wages are my biggest financial issue.
You can email me if you're interested in the contact info of my LLND - maybe you already know who I'm talking about
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi
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