Lyme is not just Lyme

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Lyme is Really an Umbrella Term Now

Technically, Lyme disease is a spirochetal infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. But as more patients are becoming ill with Lyme disease, it has become an umbrella term for so much more.

There is a community of us that have been ill for a very long time. Many of us have been diagnosed with things such as MS, Lupus, Anxiety Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Disorder, Fibromyalgia and many other illnesses or conditions. Many of us believe we have what is called, “Chronic Lyme Disease.”

Usually people with Chronic Lyme Disease have been to many different doctors over a course of many years. They have gone through multiple  tests and never quite fit perfectly into the other diseases they have been diagnosed with. Sometimes but not always there has been a tick bite in the history of the patient, sometimes there’s been a bite from some other insect, sometimes  a rash, sometimes just a random mix of odd symptoms that come and go day to day, month to month, year to year. Sometimes there is a positive Lyme test.

Whether to say that the diagnosis of all these other diseases is a “misdiagnosis” maybe be a mistatement since the names are only referring to a group of symptoms. Take MS or Multiple Sclerosis, for example, this literally means, “multiple scars.” So to say to a patient who’s diagnosis is MS, that it is a misdiagnosis when they have lesions on their brain, would be false. Maybe the best way we could explain it to someone is we have, “Lyme Induced MS.” Maybe that would get rid of the pressure for people to “pick” what disease they have and allow them to open broader doors into treatment. Maybe we should be saying Lyme induced Fibromyalgia, and Lyme induced Chronic Fatigue or Lyme Induced PANDAS.

So what we are trying to say here, is that Lyme is not just Lyme. Lyme Disease is an umbrella term for a group of infections, conditions, viruses, parasites, disorders, and biotoxin build ups. Conditions may include, MS, Fibro, CFS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, pyschiatric disorders, and neurological disorders. Infections may include different bacterias or protozoans such as bartonella, babesia, erlichisosis, mycoplasma, Rocky Spotted Fever and many many more. Viruses may include Herpes, Epstein Barr Virus, Encephalitis and more.

Another point to consider is this:

Lyme is an autoimmune disease. It lowers your immune system. So do other things like mold exposure and stress. Everyone in the world carries viruses, bacteria and parasites in their bodies. When your immune system is not properly functioning, these opportunistic infections can take hold. For example if you have spirochetes floating around in your body, then get exposed to mold, that is a double whammy for you body. It really doesn’t matter what came first, the chicken of the egg, the mold or the Lyme, the Lyme or the parasite, the parasite or the stressor that lowered your immune system. The point is, your body is out of whack. It needs to be looked at as a whole, and healed as such.

Richard I. Horowitz, a board-certified MD specializing in internal medicine, is cofounder of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Horowitz is known for his pioneering work with Lyme disease and is recognized to be one of the country’s foremost experts on chronic illness and Lyme disease. He has started calling it, “Lyme and MSIDS (multi-systemic infectious disease syndrome).”

We as Lyme patients do everything in our power to treat the bacteria and the parasites that ticks pass onto us. Sometimes we get in the habit of thinking that “everything is Lyme.” We neglect to look outside the box at what may be other issues. Becoming healthy is a balance, so we should make sure we also deal with other physical ailments and emotional traumas that have happened to us or are happening to us also.

Some things to consider if you are in the “Chronic Lyme” community

Adrenal Fatigue

What is Adrenal Fatigue
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Anticardiolipin Syndrome

Sometimes known as sticky blood disease. Can cause repeated miscarraige, preeclampsia, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, lupus, fibromyalgia, CFS, mimics ms and more.

Please Read More Here

Babesia

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Bartonella

Read More Here

Biotoxin Illness

Biotoxin Illness and Detoxing

CCSVI

What is CCSVI?

Chlamydia pneumoniae

Learn More about CpN Here

Colorado Tick Fever

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Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS)

A connective tissue disorder that shares many symptoms of POTS.

Read More Here

Epstein Barr Virus (EPV)

Learn more about EBV here

Erlichiosis

Learn More Here

Heavy Metals

Learn more here.

HHV-6/Human herpesvirus 6

Learn More about HHV-6 Here

Histamine Intolerance

If you are reacting badly to certain foods such as alcohol, citrus fruits, chocolate please read this.

Hypnogogic Hallucinations

Do you wake up seeing spiders, shapes, animals or people? Do you hear music playing or children playing that aren’t there?
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Leaky Gut Syndrome

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

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Milford Hospital Pathologist Identifies New Strain of Lyme Disease by DNA Sequencing
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Mold

Have you been exposed to mold? If so, please read these following links to learn more.
Health Chiropractic on Mold and Lyme Disease
Mold Toxicity and Lyme Disease
Chronic Lyme Infections and Mold
Better Health Guy on Mold
A Collection of Articles on Lyme and Mold
A recommended book on Mold.

Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR)

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Mulitple Chemical Sensitivity

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Mycoplasma Fermentans

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PANDAS

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Parasites

Learn More about Parasites Here

Porphyria

Read more about Porphyria Here

Pots

POTS is a disorder characterized by the body’s inability to make the necessary adjustments to counteract gravity when standing up. What happens with POTS is your heart rate increased upon standing and your blood pressure drops. 

What is Pots
Pots Symptoms
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome following Lyme disease
LymeMD Blog
Looking at Lyme Disease MSIDS

Powassan Virus

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Q Fever

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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STARI

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Stickler Syndrome

A gene mutation disorder affecting eyes, ears and joints.

Read More Here

Tick Borne Relapsing Fever

Read More Here

Tick Paralysis

Learn More  Here

Tularemia

Read More Here

XMRV

What is XMRV?

Yeast/ Candida

Learn More about Candida Here

 

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