So sick from a tick Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jul 17, 2009 at 8:00 am
It comes from a tick and it's on the East coast - isn't that what most people know about Lyme disease? And what's that got to do with us here in California? A lot. Because the fact is that Northern California is one of the most Lyme-infected areas in the U.S.A. I want to scream it from the rooftops! Be careful! We have Lyme disease right here!
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 17, 2009, 12:00 AM
Posted by Margie, a resident of another community, on Jul 19, 2009 at 6:53 am
This is a fabulous article, very complete. I live in San Diego and also
have lyme disease. After looking at many possible sources for my disease I am beginning to accept that mine probably started in the summer of 1978 after a bite while on a camping trip to the Sierras resulted in a swollen knee. My son was born in 1980 and is a lyme patient as well. I now wonder if even his started with that fateful camping trip since it can be transferred to one's unborn child.
Thank you for a wonderful well-written article. I am forwarding copies to friends with other autoimmune diseases whom I suspect really have lyme.
Posted by Georgia, a resident of another community, on Jul 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm
Thanks for this! I found out a year ago that I have been suffering from Lyme for years. I recall having some symptoms as far back as 15 years ago. I was originally diagnosed with "viral arthritis." Then came the diagnosis of Epstein Barr. Then three years ago my diagnosis changed to Undifferentiated Spondylo-arthritis. I went on one drug after the next with no improvement and potentially serious side effects. Pills, injections, nothing worked. I found a rheumatologist who sent my blood to Stonybrook University for testing. Western blot tests had always come back normal. Stonybrook's lyme test came back hugely positive. I have been on 3 months of IV antibiotics and my symptoms are nopt going away. I tried 2 simultaneous oral antibiotics when I wasn't on IV. My doctor says I should be on IV longer but insurance has denied me. Moral of the story.....get tested, don't take no for an answer. and fight to chnage the minds of insurance companies who only support the "standard" treatment for Lyme.
Posted by Chelsea, a resident of another community, on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:12 am
I am so glad that this information is getting out there for people to read. My six year old son was diagnosed with Lyme Disease a year ago. When he was 15 months old, he suffered his first seizure and has had them ever since. We saw a pediatric neurologist at Dorenbecker Children's Hospital in Portland and had many tests done that came back normal. Basically, we were not given any answers. Finally we were able to get into see Dr. Klinghardt in Seattle, WA. He immediately diagnosed our son with Lyme and started treatment. Justice is still having seizures, but his health is much improved. We know it will be a process for his complete healing. We have paid for everything out of pocket, since none of this "alternative" treatment is covered by our insurance. Dr.'s must become educated on diagnosing and treating this epidemic before it's too late.
Posted by Citizen Paine, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jul 29, 2009 at 7:07 am
There is also some evidence that Lyme can be spread within families -- especially between sexual partners. What's known for certain is that both members of a couple are often infected -- what's not known for certain is why or how they both got he disease. Intimate contact is one theory (the spirochete is structurally similar to the syphilis bug). Then again, many couples also hike together, so the possibility of independent infaction also exists.
This concern is just one more reason to take Lyme verry seriously if you are infected -- and for more work to be undertaken to understand this under-"appreciated" scourge.