Could it be Lyme? 4 reasons Lyme is difficult to diagnose and how to know if you may be dealing with it.
You’ve probably heard that Lyme disease is a problem, and it’s getting worse. And of course, nothing is simple about this disease. Here are four reasons why getting a diagnosis and beginning effective treatment can be so tricky.
To start, the lab tests that are used have a high rate of false negatives (meaning they can come back negative even when you have the infection). Also, the symptoms may be all over the board and may show up quite some time (there are reports of more than 20 years ) after a tick bite. Furthermore, the definition of what even constitutes Lyme disease has been a topic of debate among professional infectious disease societies. There are questions regarding the exact cause of Lyme disease. Some scientists stick to the narrow definition of Lyme as an infection transmitted by the bite of the deer tick while others think of Lyme disease as a manifestation of multiple body systems negatively impacted by layers of infection, immune dysregulation and inflammation. Lastly, there is no well-defined treatment protocol for Lyme disease. There seems to be as many approaches to treating Lyme as there are practitioners treating it.
So, where do we start. As always, by hearing the patient story. My suggestion is to begin with this Lyme questionnaire. MSIDS 38 Point Symptom Checklist
It has been developed and clinically validated by Dr Horowitz, a leading Lyme disease treatment expert. Print it out, complete it and then take it to your Lyme literate practitioner – then get on the path to getting well.