Unfortunately, getting a diagnoses of Lyme disease can be difficult...in a number of ways. Many doctors are not educated on the symptoms, testing, or treatment of Lyme. Even if you get a diagnosis, getting the right treatment can be a challenge!
I am here to help! I work with clients one-on-one to make sure they get accurate testing, diagnosis, and treatment.
Renowned Lyme doctor, Richard Horowitz, MD, created this questionnaire to help people determine whether their symptoms could be caused by Lyme disease. This tool can be used for informational purposes only. It, nor I, can diagnose you with Lyme disease. This tool can, however, be a good starting point for figuring out how similar what you are experiencing is to Lyme disease. If your results indicate a possibility for Lyme disease, please take this information to your doctor along with the advice below about testing for Lyme.
- Neck Pain
- Digestive Issues
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Sleep Issues
- Cognitive Issues
The symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to many other diseases and illnesses. However, here are the most commonly reported symptoms:
I recommend bringing the results of the Horowitz questionnaire to your doctor and asking them for the ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) and Western Blot tests for Lyme disease. Request that they do BOTH TESTS (typically the Western Blot is only run if the ELISA is positive to confirm Lyme disease). If those tests come back positive, the cause of your symptoms could be from Lyme disease.
However, and this is a big HOWEVER, if your tests come back negative, don't give up. The Lyme disease ELISA and Western Blot that are performed by most major labs are highly unreliable. The ELISA is known to have up to 60% false negative rate and the Western Blot a 20% false negative rate. That means that 60% of the negative results that come back are actually positive cases. The tests are just not sensitive enough to detect Lyme (find out why in my FAQs).