This is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and everyone should know that the epidemic is growing.
There is a bill HR 741 that has been waiting to be read into the congressional record since 2007 and needs to be heard by congress ASAP.
Contact your congress person and ask if they have sponsored this bill yet. Who knows, you could be next fighting the insurance companies and your own doctor to receive the treatment you so badly need.
I can't quote all of both guidelines here but I read both of them at www.guidelines.gov and what I saw stunned me. IDSA is all about the quick and easy cure without any variations of treatment. The ILADS guidelines gave outlines of diagnosis and treatment but gave the option to the doctor to choose which course of treatment was needed. Every person responds differently to treatments. what works for one person may not work for another. Yet the IDSA is so limited in options for treatment that it ties the hands of doctors who want to help their patients. The insurance companies also love the IDSA guidelines. They can turn down lots more claims based on the IDSA guidelines, which call for a much shorter treatment duration and only a few types of antibiotics. The ILADS(just realized that i may have not gotten the initials correct) guidelines premise is to basically 'Treat until cured'.