I had lyme disease 25 years ago. I was put on a high dosage of medicine and have not had ant symptoms until lately. Every time I move my arm my elbows crack and lately I have been having some severe back pain. Does anyone think that this could be related to the lyme disease? Does Lyme disease return?
and tell them where you are located and how far you can travel (you're in Jersey? then tell them if you can get to NYC, for example) and they can send you names of docs who are members of ILADS (a voluntary group of docs who take a more progressive view of Lyme and its co-infections ... short for International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society).
There is no test for a doc to join ILADS, and some of them I hear are a little off the wall in their treatment approach, but it's a really good start. If you get an oddball, then go to another one.
Don't recall if any one explained above, but LLMD is not a title or degree, but instead patient slang for an MD who thinks more progressive thoughts about Lyme and its co-infections. Some LLMDs are internists, some are immunologists, some are GPs, etc. It's the doc that counts, not the medical specialty.
There's no 'test' but there are some requirements.
Membership in ILADS is explained on the ILADS site under Membership.
There are several different types. I was considering membership years back (I fulfilled one of the categories and also had two members of ILADS to recommend me, a necessity) but my then-husband decided the yearly fees weren't possible. Foolishly I dropped the idea.
It's easy to join and I know several people who aren't doctors or healthcare professionals who belong.
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