I have been ill for several months with many symptoms of possible Lyme Disease (including pins and needles and numbness in arm and leg, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, headaches, night sweats, crawling feelings under skin, fatigue etc etc). I have had numerous other tests done such as ECG, echo and routine bloods, all back as normal. My doctor then suspected Lyme Disease as I work outside in Scotland, have been bitten by several ticks during my life and responded to an initial course of Doxycycline.
However, my ELISA test just came back negative (they didn't do a Western Blot). This was taken before I took any antibiotics, but I gather the false negative rates are high for chronic Lymes disease. As my doctor has no other suggestions for my illness, yet believes in the NHS tests, I have been forced to book an appointment with a private specialist in a few weeks time. My question is, if I were to get re-tested and pay for a Western Blot, how long would I have to have been off antibiotics for for Lymes to show up if this is what is wrong? Alternatively, are there any other illnesses which this could be?
Thanks very much,