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22dreams
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okay, so one of my sister's---

who has a history of chronic sinitus, recurring conjunctivitis, UTIs.....and in the last several years sx of arthritis--just dx.

She had heart pain(and neck and jaw) a few weeks ago, so bad that she went to the ER (Mt Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass). The ER doctor said that it sounded like she had long QT interval.

"what causes that?"

"I've only seen it when it's genetic or caused by lyme"

hmm....

they take blood for various tests including lyme.

Lyme: negative, what a surprise.

Send to a heart specialist.

My mum is waiting outside while they're conducting tests.

The cardiologist comes out.
My mum asks what could be causing it, and
if it could be lyme.

The doctor's reply: "the lyme test was negative".
(not addressing the question of if it could be lyme)

My mum: "well, lyme tests don't mean much"

Doctor: "that's true"

DOCTORS do know.
some of them do.
and they know tests are inaccurate.

yet heart docs don't refer out to infectious disease doctors.

why? we can only speculate that it's b/c it's a waste of time.....ID docs use the faulty tests for diagnosis....

but: what of px who don't know to ask about the accuracy of tests?
who think that the tests actually MEAN something?

are cardiologists, and other specialists, heartlessly lining their pockets with money treating syndromes and impairments and damage---

without addressing the Cause?.. or even caring at all?...

it's like UNTIL we get tests that are accurate, it just doesn't matter to most....WE and our health don't matter.

I wish I could read these doctors minds....

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I am waiting to see if the IDSA has to redo the guidelines.

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I am not believing everything is conspiracy.

I think the current medical system makes doctors not to spend too much time with thier patients is to blame.

They simply order tests and more tests to save their time to talk with patients, just to get their butts covered and their ends meet financially.

Clinical diagnosis takes time. Lab test takes no time of theirs.

This is partially the reason why our medical cost is so high. On average, Americans have done more testings than others, yet, we don't have a higher rate of diagnosing the right cause of illness.

And when the tests show negative, the doctors move on. Again, they are trying to save their own time so that they can get to the next patient, which means more income.

Not necessarily with bad intention to harm anyone in particular, but everyone has to make a living. Only in this case, there are devastating consequences.

The system is the problem.

I feel people are spending all the time blaming IDSA for making the guidelines, but too few to pay attention in how the insurance companies decided to use the guideline to deny the coverage.

Afterall, the guideline is just a guideline. I am not aware it has the mandatory power except that insurance companies are making it so...That's what they called "policy", not the law.

Just my thoughts...

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First do no harm ?

Relying on labs is especially BS when dealing with a condition that often requires a clinical diagnosis.

And the accuracy of ELISA followed by Western Blot is poor - about 45% false negative.

Very sad thing is most docs believe the IDSA guidelines !
Some of my opinion is from spending 2.5 days in the hospital a month ago.

One of the docs that "came by" said he had studied lyme then he babbled IDSA BS.

Another doc, a DO, was much more open to explore. Neither mentioned the hypercoagubility link, which was the prime reason I went to the hospital.

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I agree, there are those who buy into the IDSA BS but there are also those who are truly afraid of losing their license and with good reason. Then I think there is another large group of doctors who wouldn't want anything to do with it even if they could safely treat it.

My fibromyalgia doctor ran an IgeneX test for me and when it came back IgeneX positive he said he could do a spinal tap and treat if it was positive or if I wanted, I could go to a doctor out of State to get treatment.

My fibro doctor helped me with some testing that otherwise would not have been covered by insurance. He wants to help but doctors get into big trouble in my State if they treat chronic Lyme disease. I haven't found one single M.D. who will treat it and yet I've discussed it with several and they do believe it exists. One has a friend with it.

If the IDSA weren't controling things, I've no doubt that we would get much better and less costly care.

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I think there are doctors that do know how powerful Lyme is and that the tests are not reliable. Some doctors do not want the reputation of a "Lyme doctor" because of all the controversy.

After being in ER 4 times, I ended up in a reputable Rhuematologist's office. He is treating me (probably reluctantly). I know that he does not want the reputation of a Lyme doctor because of me.

However, he told me in the beginning "it can take 5 years to treat this". I knew at that moment that he understands Lyme but usually doesn't admit it.

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Ok Now I got a new perspective from a Doctor of mine.

What do you all think of this.

They said. the IDSA is probably right. But..

But that the problem in us who are not getting well from the Lyme Treatment is that we have another condition. A chronic condition of the biofilms that create these communities that protect the infections. Not just Lyme but many others in there too.

So how can we call it just Chronic Lyme.? It is not just LYME meaning the bacteria itself that is Lyme.

So saying that. Yeah it makes sense.

Maybe the IDSA is just focused on that one thing and is not considering these other issues or conditions in our bodies that does not allow the meds to work.

JUST an idea and it did make sense.

I do think there is a whole differenct concept and condition that keeps many from getting well and in turn also protecting these various infections can help them continue to cause havic in many people that would encompass hundreds of conditions !!.

So what do we call that? Chronic something.?

And It think this condition should be named and addressed and brought out in the open.!!

So then... the fight would be over too.

There would be proof of the chronic element and that would cross over to all diseases possibly as well.

They can find a way to test for it and treat it? Someday!!

I think this will be the direction it goes or should go...

I hope that research goes there .. Right now I think Biofilm is a big subject at hand. The more doctors I talk to the more i notice them bringing this up..

So maybe we all have Chronic Biofilm which in turn creates chronic infections to have a home and stay put and grow in us.

So what is that?

I am not sure the IDSA considers all the whole big picture and that is where I think they have to define things differently.

Otherwise if they just want to talk about LYME and LYME alone then they have to figure out why some can rid Lyme and some cant.

Hence ..... maybe developing a new condition that does hinder us. Either way that means there IS chronic Lyme but it may be caused or enabled by another condition.

Along with other infections staying chronic too by this other condition..

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Biofilm and other forms of lyme IS lyme.
Persistent lyme, not acute.

"chronic biofilm" = chronic lyme

and Yes, when our body is invaded by Bb & company,and we don't get treated right away:

It does become like a "lyme-complex" or "TBD complex" because we are likely to have at least one co-infection, viral infections rear their ugly head, lyme TRIGGERS auto-immune disorders of all sorts etc --

I originally was addressing, though, how RANDOM doctors seem to KNOW about the fact that

lyme TESTS are very inaccurate but they just sort of go on their merry way.

either because of APATHY or referring someone to an ID doctor will do no good.

because MOST ID mds RELY on inaccurate tests to diagnose....so it becomes circular. and they know they'll see that patient again(for their specialty).

with my sister---
both the ER doctor AND the cardiologist recognized that her HEART condition could be caused by lyme--

but: Nothing.

Neither run the risk of being known as 'lyme doctors' b/c of the nature of their positions (cardiology specialist and ER md).

Take your $$ to treat the symptoms,
NOT the plausible Cause.

aren't even particularly interested in the cause even though they know it's probably it.

Maybe it's that doctors don't have TIME, like someone suggested.....but still.....

BTW: I do know of a fibromyalgia md or 2 who became lyme specialists out of necessity.
The volumes of their px who actually had lyme.

and note: we run into the danger of having Lyme being called "lyme-related syndrome" or "lyme complex" (like I think Wormser or Shapiro or the other one mentioned) because of the damage Bb wreaks on our system. it's just another word for "post-lyme syndrome".

An ID doc I saw believes that the auto-immune disorders that crop up from lyme disappear when the infection is resolved (within 2-3 months after infection). I suppose provided the damage hasn't gone too far.....

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22dreams I would get copies of finding for lyme tests. Many here are told neg when if fact they have specific lyme bands that can tell a LLMD that yes it is most likely Lyme. Many docs do not know this and still go by what the cdc says. Get copies of everything....

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quote:
They said. the IDSA is probably right. But..

But that the problem in us who are not getting well from the Lyme Treatment is that we have another condition.[/QB]

Yep, that's for sure...

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