Hi golfhat. Unfortunately, most doctors are ignorant about these diseases.
It is important to be tested at a Lyme ruputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. Maybe your doctor would be willing to do the test? I believe you can get the kit and bring it to your doctor. The doctor's office draws the blood and the results are reported to the doctor. Maybe you could get the Western Blot test and tests for Babesiosis as a starting point.
No Lyme test is completely reliable. Many people do not test positive by CDC standards. On the Western Blot test, it lists several numerical bands with a + - or IND after each one. The CDC requires several bands to show for it to be considered positive; however, many people who have Lyme do not have this many bands. Lyme doctors often look at which bands are positive. Some are specific for Lyme.
If you get the Western Blot done be sure to get copies of your results. If you need help interpreting them, let me know.
I have moved up my follow-up appt because of a bunch of stuff going on. I'm gonna talk to my doc about lyme disease...this week has been really bad and I'm going to try to get him to write an rx for a ten's unit...maybe I'll get some relief!!! tiff-cher
Ticker...if you see this!! I did talk to my doc about lyme disease and he doesn't think that is what is going on with me, so he didn't order any labs, or anything...I still have my good days and my bad days. My next visit with him is in January, if I can make it that long!!