Asking a modern day doctor to do that is huge. Most feel they know it all, they rely only on their intellect, and don't put much stock in what the patient "knows or feels."
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Maybe my my view is a bit skewed but I've known plenty of doctors who either laugh or just shake their head at the patient who "knows" what they're talking about.
Anywho . . . My doctor is relatively young, probably in his mid thirties, which plays well into my favor. At that age, they're not too cocky and are still willing to learn . . . usually.
So when he called me, my heart raced and I was afraid. I didn't want to come across as a know it all or demanding. I didn't want to seem like I was smart enough to diagnose myself, or that he had to do what I wanted or else.
It ended up being a great conversation. He was totally open to my ideas, feelings and suggestions. He sat at his computer (wherever he was) and studied the latest info while we spoke. He was totally willing to test my blood and send it to IgeneX in California. (The #1 diagnostic lab in the US for Lyme disease testing). He was cool about it all, and I hope to make him the Lyme expert of northern Utah. :)
Here is the problem. The full work up at IgeneX if $475.00 without insurance. I just can't come up with that kind of money before Christmas. It wouldn't be fair to my kids especially since It's going to be a lean one anyway. That's fine. I don't mind waiting. I just worry that the Lyme will get worse. Some things (Lyme damage) can't be reversed.
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And the earlier you catch it isn't always better. The longer you have Lyme, the more antibodies you'll have, the easier it is to diagnose. Many early patients can't get diagnosed until their symptoms worsen. YIKES!!! They say that past the three month mark is best and I'm right about at the three month mark, so I could go either way. I don't want to wait, but should I anyway?
And, my friends, do I wait and take natural antibiotics in the interim? Or wait and not take natural antibiotics and hope it doesn't get worse?
So that is where I am. At a crossroad. I hate a confusing crossroad.