I really don't know if I can go into the whole story without totally boring everyone. Long story short (short as I can). Early Jan/Late December I was out in the bushes on the boonies taking our Christmas lights down. There are TONS OF MOSQUITOES AND DEERS out there. Early to middle Jan (now it's hard to remember exactly when I found it)but I found a painful infected type groin (inguinal) lymph node right around where I was bitten. I looked it up on the internet. I never knew about LD, the only thing I could really find was stuff about lymphoma which sent me into full blown "lose it" mode because I have a 2 year old little boy who is my WORLD. So, they say come back in 4 weeks if the lymph node doesn't get smaller, it only got bigger. I had to have the whole thing taken out in April. My doctor NEVER tested me for Lyme even though I had a weird rash but it was on a tattoo that would have covered the typical bull's eye rash. I did have a definitely quite large/gross bite/infected bite on my very very lower back. 7 months later, I changed doctors, because I am SO fatigued. My neck and collar bone mostly have stabbing pains in them and I have prickly feelings mostly in my neck which is weird, headaches and sometimes I feel like my hands are going asleep. I have a constant sore throat no matter what. I have weird rashes underneath my arms now that the dermatologist thought were strange and so did my reg. new doctor that I switched to. There's sooooooo much more that I can say but long story short. I FINALLY 6-7 months later, I got tested for Lyme. I tested positive for the antibody (which I read that most people do, is that true????) Then I tested only for 1 band, band #41 out of the 3. You have to have 2 of the 3 to test positive. BUT, I have also read that if you don't get tested fairly quickly that this can lead to a false positive. Can someone tell me if that's true? They have been giving me benzo's out the bu** saying it's anxiety, but I'm NOT ANXIOUS. However, for some reason, it's masking the pain I'm in. Has anyone here ever tested positive for just one of 3 bands and still had LD? Now they have given me so many benzos that I have a tolerance that it's starting not to work. I couldn't even repeat how many I have taken in a day/week/month. It's unbelievable. I'm so desperate to get rid of what seems to be Lyme or PN. Or both. Who knows. I see a Rheumotologist on Tuesday at 9am. My pcp says they specialize in this stuff, is that true? I don't know who to trust any more. Now I have a bad benzo addiction. And I wasn't even a drug seeker/taker in the first place.