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80% of CFS sufferers have Lyme? Is this true or an exaggeration by LLMDs to make money?

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by leokitten, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. leokitten

    leokitten Senior Member

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    Excellent point, this is another way of looking at it.

    I was looking at it from the perspective that possibly Lyme could have been the initial insult, it is well documented that the bacteria is not necessarily opportunistic, that it works to actively damage and suppress your immune system, and then over years of subclinical unnoticed damage that it is causing your immune system gets to a point where ubiquitous viruses see an opportunity to reactivate and other opportunistic infections living silently in your body wake up causing further immune system damage and throwing a person into full ME/CFS.

    So then it is vitally important to find out whether you have Lyme or not because if you are treating all of the other infections they will just come back if Lyme was the initiator.

    But your way or looking at it is also plausible!
    Alea Ishikawa, Nielk, vamah and 2 others like this.
  2. helios

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    I thought the EU labs and the US labs test for a different strain of lyme. To me, if you live in Nth America and suspected lyme and sent your blood to be tested in Europe you would likely come back with a negative result. Can someone correct me if I am wrong please.
    I had my blood tested by IGeneX and came back with a positive result. I have been to Europe but not North America. Like the OP I have the same concerns. In my case though I see a reasonably priced 'tough case/CFS' doctor and not an expensive LLMD and testing for lyme was a bit of a last ditch effort to find a cause. Still I hate the controversy surrounding the diagnosis and wish it was clear cut like say a diagnosis for rickettsia.
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  3. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    @helios, I remember reading the same thing. I will try and find where I read this.
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    That would certainly make sense. I will have to cbeck what strains of lyme the different labs test for.
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    One of the leading labs in Europe for Lyme testing is Infectolabs http://www.infectolab.de/ This lab is associated with the dedicated Lyme treatment clinic in Augsburg, Germany http://www.b-c-a.de/ which is headed up by Dr Armin Schwarzbach. Anyway, a few days ago I was listening to a radio interview with him which is about 7 months old. It's very long (almost 2hrs) but at 80.20mins Dr Schwarzbach mentions that he is collaborating with Prof De Meirleir and he states that De Meirleir is finding Lyme in 90% of his ME patients.

    You can hear the interview here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/in-short-order/2013/05/12/in-short-order--dr-armin-schwarzbach

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