Hi IHaveLyme -
"Welcome to the forum" #2
I'm sorry you're here but very glad you found us.
I would get in touch with Peppermint Tea - it's always good to have a personal recommendation. Also, any of the moderators can try to help you find specialists near you - just click on the little envelope icon beneath our screen name on the left - it will bring up my profile and you can email one of us.
Please review the "New to Lyme?" thread info at the top of the page - it has invaluable information about
diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, etc. and will help you prepare for your first appointment.www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=1606610
Other ways to find a specialist:
You can go to The Lyme Disease Association and search for LLMD's three 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
You can email the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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) as well as many others believe Lyme is hard to catch and easy to treat, and don't believe in the reality of chronic Lyme--they adhere dogmatically to the IDSA and very narrow definition of Lyme and limited treatment. 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
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions that come up!