Diagnosis of a tick-borne coinfection in a patient with persistent symptoms following treatment for Lyme disease.
A 67-year-old woman presented with 5 days of myalgias and fevers on completion of a 21-day course of amoxicillin for Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi infection). She was found to have profound thrombocytopenia, as well as new anaemia and leucopenia. Workup revealed Babesia microti as the causative agent of her symptoms. The patient quickly improved after appropriate antimicrobial therapy directed against babesiosis was started. This case illustrates the importance of basic microbiology, including epidemiology and common vectors, when creating a differential diagnosis. Because the Ixodes scapularis tick can harbour and transmit multiple parasites simultaneously, the possibility of coinfection should be considered in any patient not responding to appropriate initial medical therapy.
Expect a lot more articles like this.
Word is finally getting out that Lyme is just the Rock Star we all know by name but there are a lot of wanna be’s right behind him that haven’t made the news. Research still hasn’t been done showing the synergistic effects of all of this together on the human body.
To date, ticks can transmit 18 and counting pathogens – ALL as devastating as Lyme: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/07/01/one-tick-bite-could-put-you-at-risk-for-at-least-6-different-diseases/
Lyme alone is a formidable foe that shape shifts to avoid treatment and the immune system that persists for many despite treatment.
Throw in Babesia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma, viruses, Nematodes (parasitic worms), and stuff not even named yet and a scary but telling picture begins to emerge.
Please note that Dr. Horowitiz, a prominent Lyme literate doctor (LLMD) recommends 9 months to a year of solid treatment for Babesia. He’s finding it to be particularly tenacious.
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/08/two-cases-of-babesia/ (They typically blame “severe” cases on a compromised immune system like a missing spleen but here we see someone as healthy as a horse all of a sudden develop shock and near respiratory failure). If you have Lyme & Babesia &/or any other coinfection, your immune system is severely compromised.