After having chronic fatigue for two years and doing my own research and symptom comparisons, I was absolutely convinced I had Lyme - even though my primary care physician tested for it twice and said it was negative. Through the advice of a friend and someone on the CFS/FM board, I contacted IGENEX labs and had their test done. Their dx was negative (my results were posted on another thread). In disbelief, I had a flow cytometry test done that tests for the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria. Supposedly if the count is less than 17, you don't have Lyme. My count was 5. Another negative dx. Finally, I threw my hands up and assumed that it must be something other than Lyme, even though my gut was telling me I had it. I went to a doctor who saw that my Epstein Barr antibodies were high, so he told me that I had chronic Epstein Barr and prescribed an antiviral. I took the antiviral for 6 months. I felt better. I stopped taking the antiviral. Then I relapsed. Went back on the antiviral, this time for 9 months. I felt better, but some things persisted, or even got worse, such as bladder inflammation, prostate inflammation, heart inflammation, occasional palpitations, abdominal discomfort. Then the arthritis started coming back. That's when I said, alright, there's got to be something else going on beside the Epstein Barr. I had found from research that Epstein Barr sometimes tags along for the ride when you have a different primary problem that saps your immune system, like leaky gut syndrome. Disgusted and lacking confidence in medical doctor and homeopaths with knowledge deficiencies, I finally contacted a medical intuitive who right off the bat told me, LYME. I said "I knew it!" She also told me that I had fungus and parasites, the leaky gut, the whole bit. I then contacted a homeopath in Connecticut who has Lyme. He was recommended by a friend of mine up there who has had Lyme for 12 years. He prescribed a CD57 test. Got the results today. My count is 36. Considering that anything below 200 is considered an indicator of Lyme, then I guess a 36 makes a pretty strong suggestion. Because I'm in Florida, this doctor can not treat me, particularly since he used oxidation therand I.V. Vitamin C therapy. He directed me to the ACAM website and wished me luck. It looks like I have my work cut out for me. I'm going to have to talk to Lyme-literate doctors and homeopaths and decide on what kind of treatment I want to pursue. I'm very scared of taking long and strong courses of antibiotics. I'm sure that my kidneys have already been stressed from the long course of antivirals, toxins, and parasites they've been dealing with for the past 4 years. If anyone out there has good advice, a recommendation for a doctor close to or in Florida, and a safe treatment that worked please share it with me. On the one hand it's a bit scary knowing that you've got something that's virtually incurable. On the other hand, I'm somewhat relieved to at least feel as though I know who the enemy is and now I can start fighting it rather than taking stabs in the dark. Any helpful advice or information would be greatly appreciated.