So my IGeneX Lyme tests came back positive. Luckily, the doc I've been seeing specializes in CFS, FM, Lyme, and other chronic diseases. So he's jumping into a Lyme treatment protocol, and he's "officially" changed my dx to Lyme. I guess for paperwork purposes. I was so brainfogged during the appt that I didn't catch most of what he was saying. (My husband was there to take notes.) I'm kind of confused about what this all means. CFS? Lyme? Do I have Lyme and *not* CFS? Do I have both? I suppose in many ways it doesn't really matter what I call it as long as I have a doc who's on my side and willing to try different approaches until we start to see improvement. Still, this change in dx reveals that I'd started claiming "CFS" as part of my identity, and I feel a little betrayed that the doc has "taken" it from me. Silly, I know, because I insist every day that I am NOT my disease; I am a person with a disease. But with the CFS vs. Lyme fights on the board (and elsewhere), I do feel kind of...lacking in a certain identity. I am also dreading having to explain all of this to family/friends, because it was hard enought to get them to understand CFS. How do I tell them that it's actually something else (maybe), but I'm just as sick and miserable as I was before? Grrr... I don't think I'm making sense anymore. To top everything off, I think I've finally caught the cold that's been going around my husband's office. Sigh. Thanks for letting me rant. It's nice to have an outlet.