I was supposedly tested for Lymes over 1 year ago for the first time by a first year practice Rheumy ( several months actually ) and he said it came up negative. But I have always wanted another test, especially as I have worked outdoors for 25 years and all I keep reading is how so many of these first tests miss this. But this young Rheumy would never do this again. Flat out...said "NO!" Now, I am wanting this again, but no local doctor will prescribe this because of that one year old test being negative. I have posted on the fibro board many times. 1 and 1/2 years ago my immune system went nuts and crashed and I have lived a tortured life ever since. Personally I think the super powerful broad spectrum antibiotic Levaquin they gave me for one week starting in our local ER in December, 2005 triggered all this. Especially when my electrolytes were out of whack before they gave me this stuff ( called the "Big Gun" by docs and nurses it is so powerful ) as I had a flu for 3 days prior and was fainting. The mmaker of Levaquin "Ortho- McNeil" products complaint department person told me when I called to complain about their antibiotic perhaps wrecking my tendons and intestinal tract..said that my ER doc should have "never given me this antibiotic when my electrolytes were out of balance like they were." Great, "now" they tell me this. And the ER docs don't even know this? No lawyer will touch my case however because I didn't die. I've called 100 to 150 of them, not one. And the statute of limitations is probably over by now anyway. I'm just stuck for the rest of my life with this pain and weakness and damage I guess. But I also wonder about Lymes. I worked for 25 years as a gardener in an area crawling with deer. Central coast of California. Every day I was practically rolling in bushes and weeds and trimming trees, shrubs and grass. I've pulled 100's of ticks out of my hair and off my body in those years. I have heard that Lymes wasn't prevalent or maybe not even existant in this area. I don't know if this is true, But I certainly must have had hundreds of ticks on me in all those years. I certainly had enough other bites including spider bites to remember. Once even some black widow bites from carrying clay pots with curled down tops that a lady brought in from Bakersfield. I remember my arms itching and seeing these weird circles of red dots on my forearms ( like a milky way galaxy circle ) and did they itch. Then my throat started to feel kind of tight after about 20 mintues to half an hour and I was feeling heavy pulsing in my temples and kind of passing out feeling and my heart was racing. Against everyone's down-playing and inferences that I was a man and shouldn't act so worked up over this ( this was by women, like my wfe and mom and ex-sister-in-law ! ) but when I got to the ER they said I was lucky. A spider doctor happened to be in the hospital that day. He came in and took one look at my forarms and said " black widow, probably a lot of small ones that crawled up my sleeves. He gave me a tetanus shot, steroids and something else. I asked what would have happened if I didn't come in and he said I probably would have broken out in hives and had trouble breathing. From my symptoms he said that this black widow poison was having a "neuro-toxic" effect, hence the weird feelings in my temples. Anyway, drifting off of the Lymes concern. Even before I got this crippling whatever it is 15 months ago...I was feeling some of the symptoms described by others with Lymes. Someday, some doctor is going to get me in touch with the Western Blot. Or if I ever break out of this $60,000 massive crushing debt from not working all this time and no disability, maybe I can pay for another test myself.