I don't mind you asking at all....
FIRST I will say----and some won't like what I'll say
BUT....... I find that not everyone who has anxiety or health anxiety can readily admit it and join an anxiety forum. Further I will say that some of these same peeps become so convinced they have a seizure disorder or heart ailment or lyme that they will join forums that pertain to that issue. Then they'll find ANY thing out there that will bolster their point of view. AND I will say everybody loves a good conspiracy
What I find interesting about the "lyme people" is that it is very convienent that only certain
labs or doctors can readily or accuarately dx lyme's disease. I wonder what kind of financial stake the labs that are soooo good with lyme with the special test have. AND, like you said, everybody on those forums seems to "go that route" end up with lyme.... so, yeah mighty skeptical my ownself. I did speak to my daughter's rheumy about "other" lyme tests and another lab out in california (one I heard of specifically) being more accurate or what have you. She looked at me perplexed saying, " I don't know about any other tests. all of the rheumy's I know and rheumy's as a whole use these two tests. I also go by other blood tests that show inflammation." She did tell me that dx'ing lyme's is always a vague endeavor. Today I was having some bloodwork done to recheck my cholesterol. the blood drawer guy that drew my blood had drawn my daughter's back in November (not the ones on monday that tested the lymes). He told me that he drew blood on another child the other day that tested +. He also stated that the rhuemy in the same medical complex that the lab he worked in sends people over all the time that test positive for lymes. I told him about my daughter's bloodwork in November and the things that came back elevated. He piped in, "yeah that is very suggestive of lymes"....
So I'll say------ it is always a dicey proposition looking on other disease forums. YOu could well find yourself in a den of lions.
Anyway---done with my anti lyme conspiratory theories...
Now how did I differentiate between anxiety and lyme with my daughter? Well anxiety NEVER was a consideration. she doesn't have an anxiety disorder. My daughter sometimes seeks attention so I had to look at that. But my first thought back in November when she started complaining about her muscles and joints was "growing pains". I watched her for a week. It was obvious this wasn't it. I mean she was hardly walking. A couple of nights she told me that she would wake and be unable to move her leg. She was running low grade temp that week too. Then for a day it got better. She even played WII. the next morning she came to my bedroom with her arms out bawling saying her wrists hurt. I had her take a bath hoping the warmth would help. She called me into the bathroom saying she couldn't get out of the tub as it hurt too much. I ended up taking her to the pediatrician.
here is the link when I talked about her aches/pains and dochttp://www.anxietyzone.com/index.php/topic,63485.msg366702.html#msg366702
Anyway: on the 1/23 we went to the rheumy for the first time. she said that overall she was pretty "boring" but the tests that were a bit abnormal had her a bit concerned. that anytime she's seen that something was going on. So orders were 1. go to opthamologist because RA in kids will show in eyes. 2. if she has another "Pain" day to call and bring her in right away. 3. ordered repeat of november labs PLUS a bunch more. 4. do the labs a few days before her followup appt unless she has a "pain" day, then do labs that day.
Sooooo blathering, blathering......
ejmommy... imo, it is unlikely you have "chronic lyme". I know about all those other forums, but again I am dubious with all that. others can fuss if they want. but that is what I think.
I do have a friend that was dx'd with Stage 3 lyme disease. she was just dx'd this year---IDK maybe by that special lab
. BUT she was bitten by a tick in 2001. she has had SEVERE pain to the point that she can't work. a few years back she was dx'd with MS then "undx'd" then she had fibro..... she was on pain meds to the point that she needed rehab.............. so that is her lyme story......
if you have any other questions with my immense knowledge on the subject
, let me know...................... the only thing now is that since I spend tons more time in the woods than my kids, maybe I should be tested.