Justify Lyme Treatment to Health Insurance Company?????
Life's been crazy for the past 2 years. Long story short, I know I have Lyme Disease and so does my doctor. The problem is that my tests don't result in a completely positive reading. The first blood test showed one band positive and two undetermined. The next blood test showed a different band positive than the last and two undetermined. I'm really scared because I've had it for some time and I read about what happens when it enters your brain. Many of these things have already been going on with me for several years, but I just thought I was a depressed person or something. I also know I have Lyme because 3 weeks ago my doctor started me on strong antibiotics and I experienced the most horrible symptoms of my life. I didn't know what was going on until I learned about Herx. Still, it seems my doctor can't justify an MRI, spinal tap, or even intraveinous antibiotics until my blood test shows at least 2 positive bands. My doctor tells me that he has found that after a lyme patient is on antibiotics, a lot of times the next blood test usually shows up positive. I don't understand the insurance company. I'm scared to wait another day. One of the many symptoms of lyme that caught my attention was "unexplainable hearing loss". I had a severe hearing loss when I was in 2nd grade that no medical professional could figure out. I couldn't even finish school. Then, in 5th grade it happened to me again. Today, I am 44-years-old and I can hear just fine. I had a tick on the back of my neck when I was about 4 or 5-years-old. Lyme Disease hadn't been discovered back then. All of these years I've felt like I've been so difficult to live with. I'm a very motherly and nurturing person. I'm nearing the end of raising 6 daughters. My husband and I did foster care and adopted and we have great kids. But, sometimes something would suddenly set me off on what seems to be a fit of rage. The weird part is that I never feel angry during those times. What I feel is extremely frustrated. I never knew much about lyme. I didn't know it could get so bad. Right now I spend a good amount of time in bed feeling guilty because I feel like I'm neglecting my family, but I'm too fatigued to do anything about it. Since I've been experiencnig these extreme symptoms for about 2 years, and since I've learned that the symptoms of lyme can be set off by chronic stress, I figure it all started when my mother came to live with me so I could care for her until she died. She had severe COPD and had only been given a week to live. She came to live with me on March 3, 2006 and she passed away on December 26, 2007. I never went to the doctor for my symptoms during that time because I thought they were a result of the overwhelming stress I was under. Anyway, has anyone experienced my particular health insurance problem? Since many people who have Lyme test negative, I'm hoping there is a way to justify treatment for it with the health insurance company.
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