Posted by: Chris Maloney | June 26, 2014

Do You Have Lyme Disease? How Would You Know?

Lyme disease is endemic in Maine. That means anyone can get it any time they go outside or  their animals go outside and come back inside.

If you are fortunate enough to see a tick on you and develop a bull-eye rash, then it’s likely you’ll get at least a round of antibiotics. If you don’t be prepared for an interesting trip down the rabbit hole.

For the uninitiated, Lyme disease has divided conventional doctors. Some fall into the “antibiotics until they are well” camp (I’m sort of here, because I hate suffering) and the “there’s no such thing as chronic lyme” camp.

Now, you’d think the two camps would eventually resolve. But they aren’t. It’s gotten to a point that they have their own labs. In a recent study, the major lab for the antibiotics forever crowd got panned by the other side. “Serological tests came back positive in 91% of cases from the (pro-chronic lyme lab) versus 8% of cases from the (no-chronic lyme lab).” (study here)

So that’s the end of that lab, right? Nope. Because there’s a new form of Lyme coming along, Borrelia miyamotoi sensu lato. Yep. It’s a mouthful, and the regular testing and testing for the regular species is not going to give you an accurate diagnosis.  So it’s back to the drawing board for who’s right about how much Lyme is around and how long it should be treated.

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  1. […] statistically 92% of patients are diagnosed with Lyme by the lab. The CDC diagnoses around 6%. (see another blog post on this lab result) So as a practitioner, I’m left with patients who either clearly have Lyme or absolutely do […]


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