Check for Lymes disease

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tinkerer, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    I got my results from some blood tests from a month ago and it shows positive for Lymes disease. The test was the basic test,,, and was not the definitive test which costs $800. I will get the $800 test if my doctor suggests I take it. I have had lethargy for many years. I am 46 years old. My doctor thinks I got it a long time ago. I started mowing lawns in 82 when I was yet a teenager. Before that my family had a large dairy farm and maybe I got it while living there. I have had several other health problems all my life so I think that is why I am only finding out now about Lymes.
  2. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    I would want to know for sure. Get the test. Whats $800 when it comes to your health. the sooner the treatment the better with Lyme disease from what I just read on Web MD.
  3. fireman1000

    fireman1000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I've had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever twice....Unbelievable odds....The ticks carry lyme and several other co-infections that are extremely hard treat! Do research and see for yourself and be diligent with preventive measures.
  4. rclawncare

    rclawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I spent over five years feeling like crap. Finally found a Lyme literate doctor who tested for Lyme, yes I paid for the expensive test but well worth it.To sum it up, one year and a ton of pills later I feel pretty good. Still have some off days but I contribute that to getting older. Get the test, at least you'll know for sure.
  5. LHS Lawns

    LHS Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Thats not a disease to mess with. Get the test and if you do indeed have Lymes find a doctor that will take you seriously. Some docs out there don't believe there's such a thing as Lyme Disease.

    I got the vaccination for it about 13 years ago before they pulled it off the market. My doc did a random test for it a couple of years ago during a physical and it came back positve and he put me on the antibiotic for it. Sorry I can't remember the name.

    Come to find out the antibodies in the vaccine were still active and it made the test positive. Knucklehead doc didn't bother to look at my records to see that I got the vaccine.

    Anyway get the test and get well. I've heard some true horror stories of prople that had the disease and it became too late to get treated. Wheelchair bound and/or bedridden in extreme pain.

    Nasty way to live out your last days.
  6. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Definitely a good thing to get tested for. It is pretty common in my area, BOTH of my parents have it and so does my brother who is only 17. Also, both of my neighbors have it and their three sons. One of them was bedridden for about a month when it was at its worst. He is the reason everyone else in my family got tested.. They were told no by a couple doctors until they went to a specialist and he tested them the expensive way and now everyone is feeling 100%.

    Funny thing is, everyone had completely different symptoms.. I should get tested at some point...
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I presume you had the ELISA screening test. Yes, if you came back positive on that you should also get the Western Blot test to confirm whether or not you have it. I've had Lyme Disease 3 times but knew it each time. My Dad was one of the original cases way back when they didn't really know what it was so I knew the's named after Lyme Connecticut where it was first town is 2 towns away from there. My wife also had it but went undiagnosed for years and had developed advanced symptoms. First they said she had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, then Lupus, until she finially got properly diagnosed and treated. It definitely isn't something to mess with.
  8. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    Definitely take care of yourself. I got Lyme this summer and was too sick to work for two solid months.

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