The doctor I went to wanted to test for a mycoplasma infection, because my symptoms were somewhat consistent with walking pneumonia (caused by mycoplasma pneumoniae). They also did a full rheumatic panel, as my family history is full of rheumatoid disease. The rheumatic panel came back negative, but the test for mycoplasma came back "rather high" according to the doctor, who said it was likely walking pneumonia, gave me a cortizone shot and prescribed a 5-day course of antibiotics and instructed me to come back if the issues were not resolved in a week or two.
After speaking with a doctor at church yesterday, he said one cannot conclusively diagnose "walking pneumonia" without a chest x-ray (which I did not have done). After doing some additional research on mycoplasma "infections," I have found that my symptoms are consistent with other diseases/illnesses that are often linked to mycoplasma infections (i.e. Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, etc.), and am now a little concerned.
I am curious if anyone out there has ever encountered similar issues and results from blood work. If so, what was the prognosis and how were you able to "find" a correct, concise answer? Also, if anyone out there has experience or expertise in the medical field, what course of action would you suggest for me to take this a step further? That is, should I pursue additional blood tests for Lyme Disease, etc., or is there a "one test finds all" out there that I could get done to determine more specifically what might have been and/or still be going on within my body.
Thanks for any input you can provide, as this issue has been dragging down not only my life, but my running. Any efforts I can make to improve both realms are efforts I find highly worthwhile right now, so I'm willing to try just about anything...