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hi i have been on these boards and been struggling with panic attacks, anxiety and depression. i'm 27 and i have been struggling with numbness, tingling, muscle twitches for the past 9 months and many doctors have said this is related to anxiety and stress. i have been feeling like i have been losing my mind, developed some anger lately out of nowhere, feel a little slow lately like i have to think before i speak and i have been mixing up my words. i was tested for lyme and it came back negative. i was tested again and my western blot, igm came back positive and 39 and 41 bands where detected, the igg came back negative but 41 band was present. does this sound like lyme? i am going to the doctor this afternoon. i'm scared. on top of that i have been googling everything and i got more freaked out when i saw that band 41 is also found in hiv. i'm a bit of a hypochondric and always think the worst and now i am even more freaked out. i live in ny but i have a weekend house in the poconos since last year and my symptoms have started back in march. can anybody relate??
hey everybody thanks for all the advice! so i went to the pcp where i got my positive igm result. she told me not to worry she doesnt think it is lyme. she said the test does give false positives and even the lab results under the test state that if you receive a positive igm and a negative igg this could be a false positive and you should be retested in a few weeks, so this is what my doctor plans to do. she told me she will give me a referral for a infectious disease doctor because she knows how i worry and stress. the thing is i understand from reading all of these boards that lyme is hard to diagnose and most doctors do not think it is lyme and assume its anything else so i still am going to go to the infectious disease doctor and i am still going to go to the llmd for absolute reassurance. i also understand where the doctors are coming from. i have always had anxiety and it does run in my family and i have been struggling with depression since oct. i am on lexapro 10 mg and it has been helping but i still have my days espically a week before my period (i also want to get my hormone levels checked), i started getting headaches in sept. and end of oct/beginning of nov i developed tmj symptoms( neck stiffness, jaw pain, teeth sensitive) and end of nov. my knees started bothering me--but the thing with this is that my whole life my knees have bothered me every couple of years, my mom said when i was a kid i would cry and she got me checked out for rhematoid arthritis and it was negative and as a teenager i was having pains and went for mri and they found nothing and said it was tendanitis(sorry for the spelling) but i never had this cracking in my left knee. the doctor told me stress can bring on many of my symptoms and she told me to increase my lexapro and start taking a lot of vitamins she recommended. i have an appt on monday with a physical therapist for my knee but the doc thinks it might be early arthitis. so my point is that i hope i do not have lyme but i am going to keep my appts to confirm and i am trying to work on my stress/anxiety/depression. i both a whole bunch of vitamins and i am eating according to the lyme diet. i read that raising your tempature to 102 for 20 mins is good for lyme but i dont know how i can do that if i dont have a sauna or whirlpool, has anybody done this without either? i will keep you all posted!





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