Lyme Disease Co-infections – Best test for Lyme co-infections?
Lyme disease co-infections also need accurate tests, as they can help in the overall treatment protocol. The fact is, most people with Lyme disease DO have a number of co-infections. I also have Bartonella (persistent) and Babesiosis (also persistent). There are indicators of others, as well, but they are inconclusive.
Should Lyme patients be concerned about Bartonella? Commonly associated with Cat Scratch Disease (CSD), this bacteria is also commonly included in the toxic waste dumped into the human bloodstream via a tick or flea bite.
Best test for Lyme co-infections – courtesy of the Lyme Disease Research Database – If you have a diagnosis of Lyme disease, you should be aware that you may also be dealing with common co-infections such as Babesiosis, Ehrlichsiosis, or Bartonellosis. Get tested and treated for these additional inflictions, which can cause symptoms and impact the immune-system. What are some of the problems associated with co-infections? Well, it begins with not even knowing that you might have them. Not all diagnostics labs are created equal. We admire the work that is being done at IGeneX. Here are some of the reasons why. Same old Lyme-testing trouble…-continue-
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a mouthful for anyone, never mind those with the disease or perhaps one of its precursors, Lyme disease.
Like many who have discovered they have Lyme disease, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) by an Infectious Disease specialist.
The specialist ignored a number of my symptoms and either would not or could not answer some of the questions I gave him in response to his diagnosis, like, “Why, if it was CFS, was I still getting sicker? Why did antibiotics (abx) bring a great improvement after one month, and why, after being on abx for six months, did I begin to get sick again within two months?”
His quick reply about abx was that it was a placebo effect; because my mind told me the abx would work, I felt better on them, and when I went off, my mind told me I was getting sick, again.
This reply was without knowing me, without knowing my nature, my natural skepticism about any kind of treatment, in fact, without doing any kind of proper assessment of what my experience with abx really was.
Bulls-eye rash is not the only Lyme rash – other skin rashes may also appear that look very different
The Bulls-eye rash is not the only rash that can appear in patients with Lyme disease. Long called the “typical” Lyme rash and WAY overstated as being “common” among those with the disease, it has now been recognized that there are other possible skin rashes that differ significantly from the bulls-eye rash and may resemble other skin conditions such as dermatitis, lupus and spider bites.
“Lyme disease is found in patients whose skin rashes do not look like the bull’s-eye, or so-called “typical” Lyme rash. Skin rashes related to Lyme disease may differ conspicuously from the bull’s-eye type. Lesions may resemble numerous other skin conditions, such as those associated with contact dermatitis, lupus, and spider bites.”
This is yet another example of what we all, as Lyme patients ourselves, have been fighting. How many have been given a five day prescription for antibiotics for a spider bite, “just in case it gets infected?”
How many of us have been told we have dermatitis, or as in my case, keritosis, even though this misdiagnosed rash is a common symptom of European burrelia?
Please read the article on the Lyme Research Database, share it, and ask your friends to share it again.
Resveratrol has been hyped up by a lot of famous folks on talk shows and elsewhere, often as a way of proving that red wine is good for you.
Hint: If you have Lyme disease, you don’t want to have ANYTHING with alcohol in it, no matter what anyone says. Furthermore, you can get a lot more health benefits from pure grape juice than from wine, anyway.
But what about resveratrol? It was part of my Lyme treatment protocol for a while, then we started trying a few other things to aggressively target the little “bugs” themselves (my particular cocktail of Lyme and co-infections includes Burelia, Babesia, Bartonella, and perhaps a couple more). The resveratrol kind of got forgotten about.
But after reading the following article from the Lyme Disease Research Database, I have decided to add it back in. As I recall, it DID do some good, and I need some good, right now.
I am presently taking a very high dose of antibiotics, and this old body can use all the help it can get.
In the mean time, I encourage you to read the article below. It could help you a lot.