I was diagnosed with MS in 1990. My first symptoms were in 1987; my docs ordered MRI's only -in order to diagnosis me. In the years since, I remained RRMS, and for whatever reason my health has been pretty good.
After much reading on MS/Lyme I decided to find a lyme literate doctor and get tested.
I never found a tick on me nor a bulls-eye rash; 65% of us don't. I since learned I live in a tick "hot spot".
I tested "negative" through a lab that specializes in Tick-Borne Illness, although I do have positive lyme bands on both the IgG and IgM. Testing negative by CDC standards is fairly common. According to the CDC testing is for surveillance purposes only; they state that LD must be a clinical diagnosis. Much like MS is a clinical diagnosis.
A lyme doctor says having one band positive is significant.
Prior to visiting my lyme doctor I was on Copaxone for 2 years; I have lesions in both my brain and upper cervical.
I'm doing well, feeling better each day. Getting rid of this bacteria and all the co-infections that go along with Lyme Disease isn't an easy road.
I had new MRI's roughly 4 wks ago, and some of my lesions have lightened, some are scarred, but none have enhanced and I don't have any new ones. This has never happened before.
From reading, I've heard some say lyme docs always "find" lyme disease? not true, I can tell you that an educated doc will order tests, then put you on a trial of antibiotics and wait to see how you feel. This is called a Jarish Herxheimer reaction. Then with all your test results and your reaction to antibiotics will a diagnosis be made.
There are sites that will help you find a doctor in Canada to rule Lyme Disease in or out.
My opinion for you is to look down this road. Personally I realized I didn't have anything to lose when I did.
best to you,