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Bitten By Tick in 2007 – Still Dealing With Symptoms

https://www.health.com/condition/lyme-disease/tick-bite-chronic-lyme-disease-symptoms

‘If I overdo it, Lyme rears its beastly, ugly head.’

By Stephanie Buice as told to Dana Hudepohl

May 28, 2020

There are days I feel as though my body is constricted by a thousand weighted blankets, and I can’t even lift my foggy head off the pillow, let alone carry on a coherent conversation with my husband or daughters. Days my muscles burn like they’re on fire, my bones cry out as if they are being crushed in a crematorium, and I am left bawling on the floor in the fetal position. On days like that, my husband scoops me up and puts me in an Epsom salt bath. Some days, when I’m in a flare, I feel like I am dying inside. It is a battle I will be fighting for the rest of my life.

Now I know I have what some clinicians and researchers are calling chronic Lyme disease, a tickborne infection that took a decade of my life to properly diagnose.  (See link for article)

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**Comment**

Important quote:

Ultimately, she diagnosed Epstein Barr and leaky gut, which she treated through diet, lifestyle changes, and supplements. A conventional Lyme test came back negative. She said that we could go ahead and treat for Lyme since it could be a false negative, but I wasn’t ready to take that step without a definitive diagnosis.

This right here is the problem….

First, I’m impressed the doctor was willing to treat her despite the negative test. Perhaps word is finally making it around; however, the patient’s refusal to treat due to wanting a definitive diagnosis is pretty common.  They just don’t get it.

It’s up to us to educate the public on how devastating tick-borne illness is because it’s the only way procrastination to get treatment is going to change.  This isn’t like other diseases where you go in get a definitive test and then start treatment.  This is like catching a greased pig in an oil factory.  

This “wait and see” approach is ruining peoples’ lives and must end.  If you are bitten by a tick, treat immediatelybefore any tests can even be taken and get back.  Trust me when I say it’s a lot easier to support the brief negative impact of antibiotics than it is to treat something that can disable you and cause you pain of a magnitude you’ve never experienced before.

For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/02/13/lyme-disease-treatment/

 

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Lyme Carditis Symptoms May Go Undiagnosed in Mexico

https://danielcameronmd.com/lyme-carditis-symptoms-undiagnosed-in-mexico/

LYME CARDITIS SYMPTOMS MAY GO UNDIAGNOSED IN MEXICO

man having heart problem from Lyme carditis symptoms

Lyme carditis symptoms can be a serious complication of Lyme disease. While the condition is well-recognized in the United States, officials in Mexico are reluctant to acknowledge Lyme disease in their country. In a letter entitled “Advanced AV-block: Is it time to consider Lyme carditis as a differential diagnosis in Mexico?” physicians describe the challenges of proving that a patient has Lyme carditis. [1]

The authors highlight the case of a 23-year-old woman who presented to their hospital “with a chief complaint of dyspnea and chest pain and was found to have a third degree AV-block on the electrocardiogram (ECG).”
A temporary pacemaker was implanted. And after an exhaustive work-up for other causes, the woman was eventually tested for Lyme disease. While Lyme carditis symptoms can be difficult to recognized, test results were positive by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) two-tier Western blot criteria.
Unfortunately, despite a three-week course of intravenous ceftriaxone, the woman required a permanent pacemaker. “At 3-month follow-up, she was still dependent on pacing,” writes Carrizales-Sepulveda and colleagues.
They argue that the woman lived in an endemic region and had visited the hospital with complaints consistent with Lyme carditis symptoms four weeks earlier. The authors cite the CDC, pointing out that “a region can be considered as endemic for [Lyme disease] if: at least two confirmed cases have been previously acquired or in which established populations of a known tick vector are infected with B. burgdorferi.”

Officials reluctant to acknowledge Lyme disease exists in Mexico. CLICK TO TWEET

However, the medical community in Mexico has been reluctant to acknowledge Lyme disease as a possible cause of the woman’s heart block. Officials argue “there is no convincing evidence that Borrelia burgdorferi is present in Mexico.”READ MORE: Which treatment guidelines should you follow for Lyme carditis?

Despite such resistance, Carrizales-Sepulveda and colleagues report “a seroprevalence of 6.2% for the Northeast region of Mexico and 3.4% for Mexico City, using a two-tier approach with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and western blot (WB) as recommended.”

Unfortunately, these results were dismissed as false positives, the authors write.

Furthermore, their Lyme carditis diagnosis was questioned with officials suggesting “the advanced AV-block that our patient presented had another cause that was not thoroughly investigated,” Carrizales-Sepulveda explains.

The authors recommend that Lyme carditis be considered as a possible diagnosis for patients living in Mexico.

“We agree that in our country other causes should be ruled-out first, however, there is no reason to leave out [Lyme carditis] as a diagnosis,” they write.

“[Lyme disease] in our country might be under looked, underdiagnosed, and underreported.”

References:
  1. Carrizales-Sepulveda EF, Jimenez-Castillo RA, Vera-Pineda R. Advanced AV-block: Is it time to consider Lyme carditis as a differential diagnosis in Mexico? J Electrocardiol. 2020.

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**Comment**

We are indebted to Dr. Lapenta, a South American doctor, who has written on Lyme in the Southern Hemisphere and numerous other issues with tick-borne illness. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/02/06/lyme-in-the-southern-hemisphere-sexual-transmission/

Thankfully, there is doctor training going on for tick-borne illness going on in South America.

It’s up to us to tell others that Lyme disease is everywhere. 

For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/02/21/17-year-old-dies-from-lyme-carditis/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/03/10/when-lyme-hurts-your-heart-warning-signs-solutions/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/02/27/which-treatment-guidelines-should-you-follow-for-lyme-carditis/

Bioweapon Labs Must Be Shut Down & Scientists Prosecuted

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/05/12/shut-down-bioweapon-labs-prosecute-scientists.aspx?

Bioweapon Labs Must Be Shut Down and Scientists Prosecuted

Analysis by Dr. Joseph MercolaFact Checked
**Comment**
The map in the article shows Wisconsin has two operational level 3 biosecurity labs.  You can see the map clearer by going to the Asia Times article here:  https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/biosecurity-in-question-at-us-germ-labs/  (click on map and it will enlarge)
Unfortunately, the Sunshine Project an international NGO dedicated to upholding prohibitions against biological warfare and, particularly, to preventing military abuse of biotechnology has been defunct since 2008:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Project

Persistent Lyme a Sticking Point for TBD Working Group

https://www.lymedisease.org/persistent-lyme-sticking-point/

TOUCHED BY LYME: Persistent Lyme a sticking point for TBD Working Group

May 8, 2020

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland