I have Lyme Disease. I believe, that I was bit, by a mosquito carrying the Lyme spirochete, or Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the corkscrew shaped microbe, that causes a systemic infection known as Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease is thought to be transmitted by the Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis). However, that is only one means of transmission. It can be transmitted by many different insects, including mosquitos, all varieties of ticks, fleas, and mites. It is also thought, that Lyme Disease can be transmitted through blood transfusions and sexual contact. The classic sign of being infected by Borrelia burgdorferi, is the bullseye rash, however only around 40% of people infected with Lyme Disease have had a bullseye rash.
According to the CDC, Lyme Disease should be diagnosed “clinically”, meaning based on a number of factors, including symptoms and possible exposure. It should not be diagnosed solely on results of lab tests.
1. The ELISA Blood Test, which is commonly done by doctors, has been known to give “false negative” results. Due to restrictions, by the CDC, some readings, which should indicate a positive result, are considered negative, so some patients are given a “Negative” result, when actually they DO have Lyme Disease.
2. Western Blot – This is done after a positive result with the ELISA test. This test that is still in the research phase. and the patient is asked to make a donation.
3. CD57 – This test indicates a response within the immune system. If CD57 result is low, it may mean that these cells are being consumed by the immune system in the fight against Lyme. If the result is high, it may mean that the body is busy making T cells, to assist in the fight against Lyme.
4. Igenex Labs, specializes in testing for Lyme. Of all the tests done, Igenex seems to be the most reliable, and is the preferred test, done by Lyme Literate MDs (LLMDs). However, no lab is 100% accurate, so it is important to also check the results against clinical symptoms.
Following is a link, to a PDF file, with information about Lyme Disease (LD), including a list of the many symptoms. Due to the many different stages of LD, and physical condition, of the patient, there seems to be no two patients, who exhibit the same set of symptoms, in the same pattern. However, this list, of symptoms, indicates the most common symptoms.
Lyme Disease (LD) is characterized by inflammation, and neurological damage. The inflammation can be found in joints and muscular tissues. The neurological damage can be manifested as migraine headaches, twitches (extremities and twitching, and numbness and tingling (Bells Palsy, when found in the face). Neurological damage can also manifest in the form of brain fog (poor memory and/or ability to think), mood swings/irritability, depression, and seizures.
There are many theories, about how to treat Lyme Disease (LD), from short term antibiotics, which I believe might be effective, for putting LD into remission. However, I do not believe it is possible to ever totally eradicate this microbe, which apparently has been around since pre-historic times. A popular treatment modality, among LLMDs (Lyme Literate MDs), is long term antibiotics, which are “pulsed”, or given for two weeks, and then alternated with two or three other different antibiotics. I believe that it is also important to address the immune system, as part of a treatment protocol, as it is when the immune system is at it’s weakest, that LD seems to take hold, and do it’s greatest damage. While there are multiple nuances, to consider, when treating LD, I believe another important treatment, to consider is time tested Colloidal Silver.
Co-infections associated with Lyme Disease
Symptoms: Fatigue, night sweats, fever, chills, weakness, weight loss, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath, headache, neck and back stiffness, dark urine or blood in urine
Symptoms: Fever, chills, headache and severe pain in the tibia, weight loss, sore throat, papular or angiomatous rash
Symptoms: Anemia, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, rigors, gastrointestinal symptoms, anorexia, fatigue
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Symptoms: High fever, severe headache (especially behind the eyes), maculopapular skin rash
Colorado Tick Fever
Symptoms: High fever, chills, severe muscle aches, back pain, headache (especially behind the eyes), light sensitivities, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Symptoms: High fever, sudden chills, eye inflammation, coughing, jaundice, petechial rash
Symptoms: Painful and swollen lymph nodes, fever, chills, fatigue
Symptoms: Fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, light sensitivity, muscle weakness, seizures, paralysis, brain inflammation
Symptoms: Fatigue, headaches, muscle pain and soreness, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, joint pain and soreness, lymph node pain, cognitive problems, depression, breathing problems and other signs and symptoms
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