REW, I do not have any regrets about waiting. That's not the way I am. I said I would see a doc if there was a return of symptoms. Things quieted.
Then, in August 2011, my dog and I were out playing in the rural place where I have a tiny cabin (2nd home) in VT. We run and play about one third of the day. In the midst of running, he sat down. I knew that was odd. I took him to the vet. Two tests confirmed lyme, which the vet already thought without the tests. VERY sore back, she told me.
It was an important step to remind myself to look into my own health, which has been generally excellent. Unlike many terribly bad stories about lyme and its coinfections, I do not have a hard time.
So, I explored my local area in east central NY, and I joined a yahoo group for NYers with lyme. There, I asked a lot of questions and met a lot of fine people. I got a lot of info about docs there. I contacted one.
Spncity, I might follow up more later when I see what works and have something more definite to say. It's too early. Your story about the time it takes is so common. That sucks.
I am very glad, looking back, that I started this thread when I did. It gave me useful info for the doc. See, I had shortened the time frame in my memory, thinking it was two and a half years of issues, but it's closer to 5. It was right here on the web in these forums for me to check.
That's it for now. I know I am lucky.