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Surruh
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Hi all
I've posted on here awhile ago. I just have a

question about testing.

So I went to a neurologist starting last october

for tingling, all over muscle twitching and

visual problems such as visual snow and seeing

halos/starbursts at night. I had a mri which was

normal, a vep that was normal as well as an eeg.

My neuro exam was normal excpet for decreased

reflexes.

Anyway, I have followed up with him every 3

months and my neuro exams continue to be normal.

But I am now starting to have some knee

pain/cracking when I stand for any length of

time and a few of my joints in the fingers hurt

me. My neck cracks all the time (no pain) and my

ankle is swollen if I've been on my feet for

awhile. I have also had bouts of shortness of

breath and periods where I have tons of heart

palpatations (this has been happening a month or

two a year for the past 2 years, normal

EKG's).I've also had

past problems of vertigo, foot pain and pink

eye. Also

every time I drink alcohol..even small

amounts..i feel sick to my stomache and I get

air hunger.

So I asked my neurologist if I should be tested

for lyme disease and he said "no, since you

don't have any lesions on your brain you don't

have lyme disease". I have another appointment

to see him in 2 weeks. Should I

demand/forcefully ask to be tested or should I

just go straight to an LLMD? I have never

noticed a tic bite so I'mnot sure how likely it

is that I have lyme.

Thanks
-Sarah

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Starfall1969
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It sure sounds like you could have Lyme and maybe some coinfections.

I would go over to Seeking a Doctor" and post there for an LLMD--just cut out the middleman and find someone who can help you.

Just for the record, I never noticed a tick bite either, and I have Lyme and Ehrlichia.

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Leelee
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I would probably see an LLMD. I saw many doctors over many years who gave me many reasons why I couldn't possibly have Lyme disease when I asked them about it.

In the end only when I saw an LLMD did someone fully listen to me, test me correctly (through Igenex and Fry Labs) and then diagnose me.

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MorningSong
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Sarah~

Yes, I would defintely seek out a Lyme Doctor. My MRI also showed no lesions and I never saw the tick bite, but my blood tests showed Lyme and co-infections.

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JamesNYC
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That is the typical kind of nonsense we hear from neurologists all the time.

It does sound like you have lyme, etc symptoms. So why waste time? Go to a LLMD and get it checked out. That neurologist will never properly diagnose you.

Air hunger and sensitivity to alcohol sound more like babesia (a tick borne red blood cell parasite that makes one effectively anemic).

What you describe is how someone might feel if they flew into a town at high altitude. Very high sensitivity to the effects of alcohol.

But also it could be a cardio-pulmonary problem. There are all kinds of nasty lung problems that can cause those kinds of symptoms.

If it were me, I'd go get my lungs checked out just to make sure everything was okay there too.

Good luck,

James

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Wonko
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White matter lesions are not a diagnostic criteria for Lyme disease. The neuro saying they are demonstrates his ignorance on the subject.

Specialists don't often diagnose outside of their area of expertise, and even if he did, he may not be educated enough on Lyme/TBI to offer the best treatment.

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