Sure. I do not question false positives, as I took FIVE tests and they all came back with Positive Lyme Specific Bands. Some of those tests were Igenex, and others from Stony Brook Laboratory.
I am very secure in this diagnosis. I have both Lyme and Babesia (which I also tested positive for; however, false negatives are very common with coinfections).
Feeling confident in this diagnosis was a process to be honest. My husband and I spent about 1 month straight reading all we could find that was anti-Lyme. My husband even spoke to doctors who aren’t proponents of Lyme. We wanted to explore the entire story, as Lyme is NOT something I wanted to have. But, after we thoroughly researched for several months this diagnosis for myself became undeniable.
Also have to keep in mind that Lyme isn’t something that occurs in small proportion of population. as I said before and I stand by it - It is a global epidemic. I know your thoughts and I respect them. If decide to learn more about Lyme in Australia, I found this source. lymedisease.org.au/
I’m going to try to concentrate on treatment now, but, of course, I am always here for questions, etc. And, Scott, if you do decide to read, Cure Unknown, I would love to hear your thoughts. It explains things very well, and if nothing else the chapter on testing is very informative and you would even understand better than I do.
As far as your second question, I cannot answer that now. I am taking things moment to moment. After 6 years of this degree of disability it is not easy to picture myself well again to be completely honest. I am scared to death of not getting better, of course! But, I am going to fight like hell for my children, my husband, my parents, and myself. I am trying not to look back at the 6 years that I was misdiagnosed and try as best as I could to stay in the moment right now and fight for my life.
I am truly so thankful that we can have these conversations. I appreciate you letting me speak a little more about Lyme here.