The best way for a doctor to figure out if you do have Lyme's is for the doctor to use a clinical diagnosis. Many, many times the blood work will give a false negative and it can even give a false positive. So what do you do if you suspect you have it? See a doctor and have this checklist (see below) ready. It will help you communicate to your doctor what your symptoms are, and you won't forget when the doc asks you. This checklist comes from http://www.ilads.org/ (International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society). Beware, the list is long! I'll probably highlight some and then send you to the checklist in case you ever need it.
Lyme Disease Symptoms:
Persistent swollen glands
Sore soles, esp. in the AM
Joint pain: Fingers, toes, ankles, wrists, knees, elbows, hips, shoulders
Joint swelling: fingers, toes, ankles, wrists, knees, elbows, hips, shoulders
Unexplained back pain
Stiffness of the joints or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Obvious muscle weakness
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Confusion, difficulty thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading, problem absorbing new information
Word search, name block
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory, poor attention
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Speech errors: wrong word, misspeaking
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Anxiety, panic attacks
delusions, paranoia, bipolar)
This is by no means a complete list. These symptoms were taken from http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf#search=%22symptoms%22 pages 9 and 10. There, you can find the complete list.
When I first went in to be diagnosed, I think I counted 30 symptoms that I had. Over the years symptoms come and go and even change. I have no desire to count now :-) However, it is great to have this list to refer to. I hope this post hasn't been too boring... Next post is about detoxing and I'll update how things are going around here.