Lyme Disease

Under Our Skin: A Documentary About Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease Information
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Learn about Lyme Disease and protect yourself.

THE DISEASE

A tick bite can expose a person to a variety of bacteria and other microorganisms that may make one sick. This can occur after a single bite or through multiple tick bites. In this overview, we will focus on the particular bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi (Bb) that is known to cause Lyme disease and is acquired from a tick bite. If antibiotics are not taken or are inappropriately administered soon after a bite from a Bb-infected tick, the patient is at higher risk for illness, which may occur suddenly or surface at a later time.

Finding the attached tick is difficult because the tick that carries this bacterium is very small and tick bites may occur where they are not easily seen. Often times, the tell-tale rash that can result from a tick bit, called erythema migrams, does not develop. Hence, a patient may not know they were bitten by an infected tick. They may soon begin to feel symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and spasms, sensory aversion, gut and bladder problems, bizarre neurological symptoms and memory loss. It is not unusual for cognitive difficulties to progress to the point that patients experience the inability to find their way home from everyday places, such as the grocery store and post office.

LYME DISEASE TESTING

Currently, the best test for Bb measures antibodies our body makes against this microorganism. While it may sound as though this test can easily spot Bb, it does not. This test focuses on a single strain, B31, which is mainly associated with arthritic symptoms. However, there are 12 known genospecies. One of these genospecies has over 100 strains in the United States and 300 strains worldwide. These are not included in the current test. For this reason, less than one 1 out of 2 people who have Lyme have a positive test.

Because of the testing problems, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised physicians that Lyme disease should be diagnosed based on the patient’s clinical symptoms and not the laboratory test. The laboratory test is used to report cases to the CDC, which is much different from treating a sick person. If a patient exhibits many of the clinical symptoms AND other treatments for some of many of the symptoms have failed ANDantibiotic therapy that has worked well with hundreds of our previous Lyme patients is begun ANDthe patient responds well to the antibiotic therapy, there is a high degree of likelihood that the patient is infected with one or more strains of Bb not identified by currently available tests.

UNDERSTANDING BORRELIA BURGDORFERI

There is much to understand, and much that is not known, about Lyme disease. In very general terms, Bb is very smart; it is immune-evasive and has the ability to survive under unfavorable conditions. It can hide within the body’s cells to avoid detection and elimination by the immune system. When the Bb is stressed by lack of food or a change in pH, for example, it can then change its form into a cyst which enables it to be protected until conditions are optimal. If it is left on its own, it can interfere with the normal functioning of many organs including the musculo-skeletal system, the gut and bladder and the brain. Bb is particularly fond of brain tissue, hence the dramatic neurological changes in patients with Lyme. Well-known author Amy Tan has made many public statements about her declined ability to perform everyday functions. While she is profoundly better from her treatment, she has been left with some diminished neurological functions.

For more information about Lyme Disease, Diagnosis, Advocacy, and Support Please check out the following websites:

International Lyme and Associated Disease Society

Comments
  1. SadieDammit says:

    Just wishing you the best of luck. You’re in my thoughts 🙂

  2. Mia from Sweden says:

    Hope you get well soon.. Seen you on Youtube, and wish you all luck..

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