Lyme Disease Misdiagnoses

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Lyme Disease: The Great Imitator

Lyme disease is known as “The Great Imitator.”  It manifests differently in each person who is infected. Some get sick right away, others it takes months or years. Symptoms vary widely and may range from mild to severe and change over time or even day to day.  The longer you have Lyme disease the more symptoms may develop over time.

The Lyme bacteria, Borrelia, will disperse throughout the system and may infect any organ. It often leads to autoimmune diseases. Often patients will develop psychiatric conditions as well as physical symptoms.

Because of the widely varying symptoms the diagnoses of Lyme disease is often delayed or patients remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Please also read the article, “Lyme disease linked to other Conditions.”

(Maybe misdiagnosed is an improper term and we should be saying Lyme disease  or one of it’s co infections can lead to  or cause these conditions. In most of these cases these illnesses do not have a cause, so we could phrase it as, “Lyme induced MS,” or “Lyme induced Parkinson’s. Bartonella induced rage, Babesia induced fever.” Just a thought.  Lyme bacteria might not be the cause of every case of these conditions but if there is a history of Lyme disease or a co infection, or a tick or other bug bite it should be greatly considered.

Many Lyme experts believe that Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed or can lead to the following conditions.

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Maybe misdiagnosed is an improper term and we should be saying Lyme disease can lead to  or cause these above conditions. In most of these cases these illnesses do not have a cause, so we could phrase it as, “Lyme induced MS,” or “Lyme induced Parkinson’s.” Just a thought.  Lyme bacteria might not be the cause of every case of these conditions but if there is a history of Lyme or a tick or other bug bite it should be greatly considered.

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