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Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Symptom Checker

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If you’ve been sick and aren’t getting better, use this IGeneX symptom checker to determine your likelihood of having Lyme disease or other associated tick-borne illnesses.

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**Comment**

A very helpful online quiz. You can also read about common symptoms for Lyme disease, Babesia, Tick-borne Relapsing Fever, Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Rickettsiosis.

My only caution is that there are other symptoms omitted from this quiz. My own case is a perfect example.

All my initial symptoms were gynecological and I believe strongly were my first signs of Lyme/MSIDS infection, obtained from my husband who is also infected. You can read about that here: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/02/24/pcos-lyme-my-story/

Those infected congenitally will also find fault with this quiz which is why you need to see an experienced Lyme literate physician.

It is quite common to have an initial 90 minute appointment with these ILADS trained doctors as you fill out medical history forms going back to infancy. The doctor then discusses these with you to further ascertain the potential of early infection (perhaps in utero). Often, many health issues can be traced back to infancy if you were infected congenitally. For more: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/19/33-years-of-documentation-of-maternal-child-transmission-of-lyme-disease-and-congenital-lyme-borreliosis-a-review/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/11/11/gestational-lyme-other-tick-borne-diseases-dr-jones/

While sexual transmission of Lyme/MSIDS has not been admitted to by ‘authorities,’ congenital transmission recently has been:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/02/01/cdc-website-updated-today-possibility-of-mother-to-fetus-transmission-of-lyme-disease/

It is also quite common for ‘authorities’ to first admit something is ‘rare’ only to have to admit later it’s more common than first thought.  This is their modus operandi.  For years I’ve watched them state Lyme doesn’t exist in certain geographical locations because the ticks that transmit it aren’t there, only to have to update that information later on. This has happened repeatedly.  But before the information gets updated, infected patients are told “it’s all in their heads,” left to rot, and are denied treatment.  These patients only go on to worsen, making their cases far more difficult to treat:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/09/21/its-all-in-your-head-until-finally-a-lyme-diagnosis/

Rather than admit a patient could be infected, despite prior findings in the literature or of ticks in certain locations, patients are handed from doctor to doctor like a football, and are more likely to be given an anti-depressant than life-saving antimicrobials.

This must end.  Using entomology maps to diagnose has hurt patients.  While maps are interesting, they should never keep patients from getting diagnosed.

For the Horowitz symptom questionnaire, which has been validated:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/symptomlist.pdf  Print, fill out, and tally up the points.  

Just remember that while these checklists are helpful, and in fact probably far better than current testing, they are not perfect.  Lyme/MSIDS is wiley – with waxing and waning symptoms. Your best hope of correct diagnosis and treatment remain in the hands of an experienced Lyme literate doctor, although nothing replaces learning all you can to be a helpful partner in your own healing.