There was an anonymous post pointing out that my back rash looks a lot like a Bartonella rash. For some reason this older comment never seemed to prod me to investigate more, but it should have. Regardless, I read some of the paper, and agree that it is possible that I have Bartonella; especially in light of seeming some of the pictures here. Historically, I have had significant foot/sole pain when I wake up in the morning, and then the pain gets progressively better as I progress through the day.
Originally I thought I would only have Bartonella and not Lyme since I had been tested for Lyme. Upon reading more a negative test for Lyme is not necessarily conclusive (and I supposes a positive one isn’t either). In that case I suppose it is likely that if I am positive for Bartonella than I am most likely also positive for Lyme. I suppose I should have done more research into the Lyme test rather than assuming that it definitely ruled out an infection. More curious, if I am positive for these infections, is where I got infected by a tick. I certainly did plenty of hiking, in the woods, when I was young; but that was >10 years before my diagnosis.
Regardless, I need to return back to the doctor and get some additional tests done. I certainly don’t want to be treating the wrong disease. On the other hand I don’t like the unknown, and I’ve been franticly trying to get up to speed on Lyme, and the related tick born diseases, to ease my worry. I will probably schedule a neurologist appointment sometime next week to discuss this, and how to best proceed.