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Why Is Lyme So Difficult To Treat?

May 29, 2017

Why is Lyme disease so difficult to treat? Why can doctors prescribe years worth of antibiotics for acne but not for a bacterial infection of Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria)? Lyme bacteria can be treated within the first six weeks of a tick bite, but what about the other bacterial and parasitic infections ticks carry? If easily treated, why are so many people denied immediate care, moving on to chronic, debilitating stages of the disease?

There are adamant deniers of chronic Lyme. A story I like to relay involves a Lyme specialist and her most aggressive critic. Both highly educated and recognized medical physicians, my doctor tested for and treated chronic Lyme. The other physician spent much energy denying the existence of Lyme and smearing her as a “quack.” Then one day his son became ill. No testing could point to what was wrong. No treatment was working. His son grew dangerously worse. In the end, it was determined his son had Lyme. And who was the first person this man took his child to? Yep, my Lyme specialist. And she was able to help. After a hefty helping of humble pie was served, the once critical physician became a great admirer of my Lyme specialist.

Until it happens to you or your child, the Lyme pandemic may seem unlikely or far-fetched. But Lyme disease can be debilitating and has a history of ruining lives. Although there is no one cure or protocol that works for every case, people can find help. Unfortunately it takes lots of research, investigation, trial and error, patience, and money to get well. This article highlights the reasons Lyme is difficult to diagnose and treat, why treatment in mainstream medicine is often denied, and what people can do to seek help.

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Treatment

Why You May Not Want to Get a Lyme Test

May 4, 2017

Getting tested for Lyme disease is not as simple as visiting your family physician and then taking a blood draw requisition form to the local lab. Unfortunately the power of and confidence in doctors has been stripped away, preventing them from making a clinical diagnosis. Even when a physician has studied Lyme and researched treatments, the College of Physicians and Surgeons insists a patient test positive on bloodwork before allowing the knowledgable and well-versed doctor to treat.  They are to use an inaccurate two-tiered blood test system to determine when patients have Lyme.  Rarely is the test accurate and therefore rarely can physicians provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. There are a few reasons why it is difficult to determine a Lyme diagnosis through testing. If you suspect Lyme disease and tested negative on a Lyme test, you may want to continue reading. A negative result does not mean you are free of Lyme. Too many people say, “I was tested for Lyme, it was negative. I was diagnosed with Lupus or MS.” Lyme is the great imitator, and sadly, many people are misdiagnosed with other diseases when they have bacterial infections like Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria) causing the symptoms. So what is up with the testing? What can you do to rule out Lyme or determine if you suffer from tick-bourne infections? How should you get tested? Continue Reading…

Coping

No Small Thing: the beginning

January 27, 2017

Conjuring fantastical worlds and grand adventures was how my brother and I spent many summer afternoons. To escape the droughts of the 1980s and a rather isolated existence on the prairies, our imaginations took us to a different place each day. The Caragana hedge became a dense jungle where we fought off a patrol of Viet Cong (Derek and I were obsessed with Vietnam War vet, Magnum PI). The yellow bean pods that hung from the branches became hand grenades, easily plucked and thrown at the enemy. Another day we crawled through a ditch, or ran over crunching dried, golden clumps of prairie grass, kicking up fine dirt as we escaped lions who stalked us on make-believe safaris. Some summer afternoons we fished with our great uncle and great grandmother at the pond, a lone body of water near our farmyard. Of course, the small pond became an ocean and we, deep sea fishers. Though far from a Norman Rockwell painting, a typical childhood in the 1980s country life was idyllic in some ways. Slowly this painting of imagination and family gatherings and youthful adventure became sullied, darkened by the unknown. Long-living, German, Protestant hardiness coursed through our veins. What was also coursing through our veins was something “new” and unseen and much more dangerous than the lions, human enemies, and sharks of our imaginations. This unseen guest was slowly attacking our bodies and minds, stripping us of our hardy genetics and ability to survive.

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