Hi. I posted with more info in the Medical Qs section. I was diagnosed with Lyme but after 30 days of antibiotics started to have joint symptoms. My regular internist ordered a lyme titer, which seems like a waste of time to me. Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you, Carol
Posts: 56 | From southeastern PA | Registered: Jul 2006
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casper, you did NOT allow PM, private messages, so I'll post my newbie links here for you. I do suggest you change MY PROFILE to allow private messages as we do NOT post drs. names in public! You'll learn why...
You need a western blot IGM/IGG done by IGENEX, Calif. Go to TREEPATROL'S NEWBIE LINKS, print it out, and then click on IGENEX to read about it & print off THEIR REQUIRED FORM that must go with your PREPAID blood unless you are medicare.
Find a good LLMD, lyme literate MD, by going to SUPPORT GROUPs, left hand column, to your state. Call a support group leader there for their advise.
Perhaps someone will venture along here, but you have GOT to change MY PROFILE to YES for private messages so they can send you a good LLMD's name in private!
Welcome to this 24/7 LYME support group board!
Before I forget about it, all PM, private messages go to YOUR HOME email address.. If you want to keep info, file it in your HOME FILE FOLDERS. Lymenet PM allows 60 notes only & they add up fast; so delete them promptly from lymenet folder.
Make sure on ``MY PROFILE'' you edit it to show you ALLOW PMs so folks can send you a private email vs. On public board. Also change the viewing notes to VIEW ALL NOTES vs. 30-60 days only. Very helpful when you do searches on specific topics.
Here's TREEPATROL's and Tincup's combination newbie links.
Print off the links then check them off as you read as you could spend several months reading all of this.
print & read Dr. Burrascono's 2005 info first; you will come back to this often.
Extensive info in Treepatrol''s newbie links about the meaning of WESTERN BLOT IGM/IGG test results from Igenex! Be sure to read or print this info IF Igenex tested you ok!
Also, see Cheryl''s extensive web sites on: LD DIAGNOSIS, SYMPTOMS, & TREATMENT ... wonderful! Read the area on CO-INFECTIONS! You could have from 1-10 other illnesses that tick is carrying...lyme, malaria, etc.
If you are showing symptoms of co-infections, I would like to suggest being tested for co-infections when you have LYME western blots done. It isn''t cheap!! But if you are positive, you can treat the co-infections first, and then work on LYME symptoms.
EYE SENSITIVIES & NOIR, no infrared sunglasses info., 2-28-06 updated YES, I have what you have! Are you on doxy too? That made my extreme eyes
200% MORE sensitive than they we were earlier. I learned a lot about eye sensitivity/lighting on www.marshallprotocol.com board.
Look for AUSSIE BARB'S EAST FINDER and then eyes/sunglasses, etc. Wealth of info there.
mention you have lyme and marshall protocol, they will give you 20% off! I'm NOT on MProtocol, but mention it anyway. I was on their new board almost 12 months!
Also they have been kind enough to replace the SCRATCHED LENSES & BROKEN BOWS! How's that for service?
I don't drive often at night, but I can wear NOIR's 901 lenses at night while driving; it creates soft candle lights coming at me...tolerable. NOT to wear in town with all the action of people crossing where they shouldn't be, etc.
Also if you get a SUPER WIDE post, go to the BOTTOM of the screen. Look to the left hand side and chose PRINT FRIENDLY VIEW or it's worded something like this ... on the same line as GO TO ______ section ...medical or general, etc. Carol in PA passed this along to me. I use it daily now
from LOU to Betty on LONG web links and Thank You Lou!: "If you hit the return key in the middle of a link, I don't think it will be clickable anymore. An alternative that maybe Betty should be telling people about is the tiny url website. I have it on my tool bar at the top of the page and use it for those incredablylongwebsiteaddresses.
All you have to do is ask tiny url to produce a short version, which it will do with a unique address, which you then use instead in your post. Works just the same when clicked! Here is the website, spread the word! http://tinyurl.com/
3-1-06, fyi, I tried dragging tinyurl to my toolbar without success, so that''s why I currently have LONG addresses vs. short tiny ones! I''ll keep trying.
Here is what I post for all on SSDI/SSI/LTD... I tried the link of the female MD ``template''; you are right; it's no longer good!
2 alternatives: use what I provide below as guidance since you have LYME disease and not filing for chronic fatigue.
OR go to the bad web site, click on REFRESH, and go to that site! Ask Mary, web owner, the question since she posted this on disinissues; SHE started that site! It was her close friend who okd to post her info for others. Betty Gordon
TRYING TO GET SSDI, SS DISABILITY INSURANCE BENEFITS OR LTD:
Hi! I know what you mean about memory & typing, etc....it's the pits!
I do suggest you join the FREE DISINISSUES and read thoroughly or just print it all off of the FEMALE MD with chronic fatigue, etc. she gives wonderful, detailed examples that DDS, disability reps, want to approve/deny you.
Also have you looked thru the ADULT APPROVED LIST OF IMPAIRMENTS? That's critical also!
note 1.04; look at the rest of the 14 other specific areas too....
I printed off 1-14 sections showing what brief guidelines were for each section. I used that against ALL my medical reocrds, 3" thick!! Then I went to their DETAILED specifics for the sections that applied to my illnesses!
TIMECONSUMING....TOOK ALL 7 WEEKS from my notice of my ALJ hearing date!
So you have NOT submitted your INITIAL APP TO SS OFFICE, correct? Good, you want this to be as complete as possible so they can NOT turn you down on the 1st step as they do us all!!
\============================================= What I did with an online friend was this: prepared a chart noting the specific section of 1 - 14 that my diagnosed illnesses showed the wording, dr. seen & date.
Example, 14.09 LYME disease is mentioned in but doesn't give any examples. So I showed 14.09 with my drs. name & date plus specific details about each visit where lyme symptoms were stated..
I hope you have a copy of ALL MEDICAL REPORTS...drs., xrays, all blood labs, etc. It's critical that you KEEP A COPY FOR YOURSELF! ========================================
On mine, I showed the date mailed to ALJ & LAWYER PLUS I kept a copy. Then I went to copy center nearby & copied and mailed promptly to lawyer per his request.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
if you have an ALJ hearing, request thru your local SS office to REVIEW your complete SSDI app at THEIR local office!
When you see things you submitted with your writing on, don't look at them!
Look & read only the secretative ``RFC & MFC'' done by the the in-staff DDS DRS & PSYCHOOGISTS!
You want to make copies of ALL the stuff they have & other stuff you don't have so you can use that info against them!
NOTE: I'D DO THIS DIFFERENTLY NOW!
SEND 1 COPY TO ALJ and 1 to your lawyer!
Lawyer did NOT SEND MY REPORTS TO DDS STAFF PROMPTLY;
they didn't see many things when they denied me although I had good medical info!
Examples, 2 RFC, residual function capacity done by PCP dr. of 26 yrs. & rheumatologist;
plus 2 MFC, mental function capacity, done by psychiatrist & psychologist....the 1st person was the one judge used in APPROVING my 2nd claim for severe depression/effective disorder & anxiety.
ALJ's don't like working with LYME, FIBRO, CHRONIC FATIGUE. MENTAL is on approved list of adult approved impairment list! So don't fight it, go with it!
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BETTY NOTE: Look at the female MD''s DETAILED BACKGROUND right below this paragraph. Print off her detailed responses as to why she could NOT do her job, and then apply that to YOUR own job as to why you no longer can do any type of sustainable work now nor in the foreseeable future! NO LONGER GOOD 5-17-06: http://www.cfids-me.org/socsec.html ************************************* An online friend of mine from disinissues web site posted this info today, so I have copied it over here.
Subject: fibro/CFS disability info [Disinissues] what does an Functional Capacity Exam entail?
Lyme, fibro, & CFS support group members who are/will be filing for SS Disability insurance benefits, please go to the web page shown below.
There were 9 pages of info I printed below area where you can order from fibro network a 70 page packet.
I too plan on including this info when I send my FINAL packet of info to chief ALJ before my June 16, 2005 hearing...my last chance! =======================================
Please read the site mentioned on: WHY DISABILITY TESTING FOR FMS IS OFTEN MISLEADING ADVICE FOR FM/CFS PATIENTS AND THEIR DISABILITY TEAM.....
Also after this article are the following articles:
WHAT COULD BE CAUSING DELAYED-PHASE FLARES?
BENNETT'S METHOD FOR ASSESSING FUNCTION IN FMS..
TECTONIC CHANGES IN DISABILITY LAW by lawyer Joshua Potter, CALIF.
MEDICALLY DETERMINABLE IMPAIRMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR CFS & FMS
DOCUMENTIONATION...VIEW IT AS AN INSURANCE POLICY
I printed this out in larger print for my eyes....9 pages! Will read it thoroughly and mark up 2nd copy to go to ALJudge for my 2nd hearing as medical evidence also.... ********************************* Lymeneter Kay found this list of symptoms at http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/symptoms.php It says it all:
Tick Borne Disease - Symptom A to Z Lyme Disease is systemic, it can effect the whole body. This page lists the possible symptoms.
thanks, betty, i changed my profile (i think) to allow messages. sorry. Carol
Posts: 56 | From southeastern PA | Registered: Jul 2006
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Carol, you did it correctly .... look for the 2 people standing together; click on that to send PMs to those people who have this SHOWING in their posts.
Now folks can send you privately any LLMDs in your area.
Also, check GENERAL SUPPORT, Ann-ohio posted "some sad news" about SE Penn. woman md dying of lyme! Her daughter posted on here. You might send her a PM and ask if she knows who her Mom's GOOD LLMD in Penn. was!
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