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Hi grannyj, welcome to the board!

Every tick bite has the possibility of transmitting infection. You can get Lyme disease more than once. You are not immune because you have had it before. You may want to tell this to the person who told you.

How did you remove the tick? Did you save it? When you were treated previously, did you have any lingering symptoms?

No test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab. You can have Lyme and test negative. Most people test negative early in the infection.

A lot more is known about tick-borne illnesses now there there was 15 years ago. When Lyme disease is a possibility, it is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. Besides Lyme, ticks can transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. It is estimated that 60% of people who have Lyme are co-infected. It may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. If you would like a doctor recommendation, let us know.

It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at [url]http://www.ilads.org/burrascano_0905.html[/url] He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the book "Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease (2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.





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