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Hi Sue. Yes, I think your husband can have Lyme. Lyme affects people differently. Sometimes people can keep the symptoms at bay until their immune system becomes stressed in some way (illness, accident, divorce, etc.). Then symptoms emerge.

Many people who have Lyme were first diagnosed with other diseases including CFS, Fibromyalgia, MS, and ALS.

Since one of the ticks that carries Lyme is so small you can hardly see it, many people are bitten without realizing it.

Sometimes the Lyme disease rash is misdiagnosed as ringworm. Does your husband remember if his rash was itchy? From what I understand, ringworm is itchy.

It is good your husband and daughter will be evaluated by a Lyme doctor. This is very important. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. No test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab. When are they going?

Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many 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.

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 (on-line). 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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