Lyme disease and neuropathy
I think I have been misdiagnosed for the last year. I think I have Lyme disease causing my neuropathy. I was tested negative but all my symptoms point to Lyme. My neoropathy came on in less than 60 days from being fully healthy. I have neck pain, night sweats, irregular heart beat, tiredness and joint pain along with neuropathy that comes and goes. I noticed a small rash/discoloration on the inside of my thigh which is spreading, Can you test negative but still have Lyme disease? I don't think you get RA in 60 days, I was riding my bike 10 miles a day just prior to all this. No problems ever with neuropathy or RA. I am at my wits end. They even recommended me having neck surgery for a bulging disk, I have had it for 15 years no major issues, slight pain and mobility issues but nothing Major. Anyone have any specialty with Lyme disease.
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@aeg73 @cbrackle @dancermurphy @rita8898 @tdemaria Here is some information that might be helpful about Lyme Disease.
The Western Blot test is not very accurate and does miss diagnosing Lyme Disease. That is a costly mistake to make if Lyme Disease goes un-diagnosed for years. The doctors who are the experts at treating Lyme are in the ILADS group. The Igenex lab has more accurate tests. https://igenex.com/ Lyme destroys white blood cells that are your immune system.
Here is a link to ILADS (International Lyme Disease Association). https://www.ilads.org/patient-care/ilads-treatment-guidelines/
Here is the Lyme treatment guideline
There is an educational documentary call "Under Our Skin" which profiles several patients and their treatment and controversy about Lyme. https://underourskin.com/
Here is a link that discusses ILADS antibiotic recommendations and for recommended number of days, scroll until you find it.
Exercise helps because it raises the effective oxygen perfusion rates in your tissues, and oxygen can be toxic to bacterial infections. Getting your Vitamin D levels optimized helps because that increases your immune system response.
May I ask what Lyme tests you had done/taken? I too had two negative tests; one Western Blot through Arup Lab and a Lyme anti-body through Quest both said negative or number below a positive result. I recently had a Western blot through Quest this time and it showed reactive Lyme bands so I am getting a private Lyme test that included all CDC bands plus the 9 extra bands. Hoping to get more info from that one. Getting on Doxy in the interim. Hope you get some answers, it's a complicated process.
Do you mean exercise prior to testing yields better results or just in general to feel and get better?
I was diagnosed with idiopathic P.N. a number of years ago. I have always wondered if the cause could be from deer tick bites. Tests were done, and came back negative. I still wonder. I have lost feeling in my feet, legs and hands. Now my knees and knuckles are stiff as well. Does anyone have experience with this. There is a clinic that looks into diseases spread by ticks located near me, but I'm wondering if it's worth the price? It's not covered by my insurance. Thanks.
Hello @christine71. I thought it may be helpful to bring in a few other members who have mentioned Lyme's Disease to see if they can share their experience with diagnosis to help you make your decision on what should come next for you. Members such as @cbrackle @sherlock @aeg73 and @cwallen9 may be able to rejoin this conversation and connect with you.
As well, you will notice that I have moved your post into an existing discussion on the same topic that you can find here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lyme-disease-and-neuropathy/
It may be beneficial for you to read past posts by members as well.
While we wait, here is some additional information on diagnosis and treatment that you may find helpful.
– Lyme Disease:
Do you know what type of test you were given?
I am currently seeing a neurologist about a year ago I found a tick in my bathroom I must have stood on it there was a lot of blood on the floor and when I investigate it I realized it was a tick I live in a heavily wooded area and we have around 200 deer last poa counted I have UMN and LMN issues could I have LD