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Lyme Disease Diagnosis

I was born a raised in Wilmington NC. It has been several years since I first had the target rash. I was traveling from NY back to NC when I first noticed the rash on my left leg. I did not seek medical treatment at the time because I did not know what it was, and I did not have medical insurance. When I finally went to the doctor years later with slight symptoms, I was blown off - and by several different doctors. They all told me the same - that I was tested, and it was negative. When I questioned the results, I was aware of the false negative readings. I was told not to worry, there were no reported cases in NC. When I told them I was out of state when the bite occured, they did not seem too concerned. If I only knew then, what I know now - I would have taken a photo of my rash. I have found it hard that the medical community does not take its patients serious. Now it's nearly been 9 years later, I have even more symptoms, and the average doctor would think that I am a hypocondraic. Most recently, I suddenly forgot (and still cannot recall) my debit pin number that I use daily. I have mood swings, fatigue, swollen joints and pain, and skin rashes that seem to be allergies or sentivites to food dyes, preservatives, and even after handling some plastics. I have been diagnosed with IBS, and have GI upsets daily. I am now in the process of shopping for a expert doctor in the feild of Lyme that is recommended by the Lyme Disease Assoication, a part of ILADS. I have found that the closest one that meets this crietria is in Ashville NC, almost 6 hours away. I urgently need to find a doctor that cares enough to get down to the bottom of what is going on with me, so that I can get on with my life. I know that I cannot be alone in this battle.

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