Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a tick. Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975, after researchers investigated why unusually large numbers of children were being diagnosed with Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in Lyme, Conn., and two neighboring towns.
The investigators discovered that most of the affected children lived near wooded areas likely to harbor ticks. They also found that the children’s first symptoms typically started in the summer months coinciding with the height of the tick season.
There are a number of people that believe that a large number of people with fibromyalgia have lyme disease. You might say “I have been tested for lyme and it was negative.” The problem is results from a Lyme disease test are exceedingly unreliable. This is due to the fact that during certain stages of the disease, no antibodies can be detected in an infected patient.
So why am I bringing this to your attention? BECAUSE LYME DISEASE IS TREATABLE and this can possibly save people needless suffering and can even save their life because unlike fibromyalgia untreated lyme disease can kill you.
Patients can take a Lyme disease test one week and get a positive result, and take the same test two weeks later and result in a negative. The confusion is due to the nature of the lyme bacteria, which is highly adaptive and bent on survival within a threatening environment.
There is only one test in this country that is accurate, it is the western blot test from Igenex labs….. it costs $260. It is a lot of money for some of us but save your pennies and get this test if you have fibromyalgia. I am saving mine now because I believe it is worth it to ether have peace of mind if it is negative or treat a treatable condition if it comes back positive. When I was on their site there were separate instructions for medicare patients so part of it or all of it might be covered if you have your doctor order the test for you.
I do not get any money for recommending them I just think this is an issue that can have an impact on many people with fibromyalgia that are misdiagnosed.
Written by Jen Reynolds
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