Has anyone thought of buying a darkfield microscope? I am thinking it would be possible to catch Borrelia Spirochaetes through body fluid. (blood,semen,urine,siliva) I noticed the cost of a darkfield microscope does not cost that much in comperison to medical bills. I found one very capable of viewing over 40x to 1600x in the cost range of 400 bucks. Borrelia Spirochaetes show up real nice under 400x magnification. (Check Wikipedia) I know the task would not be easy but I could run various samples each week and just might get lucky. I am being treated even with an equivocal lyme test and am not making the progress I think I should be making.
I would love to catch one of the little buggers just to put it in the face of the doctors that turned me away.
For me it would add some empowerment to a very depressing situation.
PS This is in no way meant to suggest anyone to not see an LLMD or stop seeing an LLMD.
I did read about the stain on the slide's that make it better to see. I read the book "Cure Unknown". I would have to look into that more to see if it is requierd or just make it better. I do understand the little buggers like tissue better but they do get into everything. I don't think it would be that hard and the cost to pay someone to do this would pay for the equipment one time. I know it would cost me more then 400 bucks for a doctor to request it and a lab person to sit down and just look at it. One might have to do this 20 or 50 times to catch one Spirochaete. I could do this each week at a one time cost. The curly rod shape is very uneek.
Thanks Jeannie, I did not think about the field of view. I will keep that in mind if I follow through with this.
i think you have to use a phase contrast microscope. the person you are mentioning over on lymenet helped me find one. i ended up getting a darkfield/phase contrast microscope, i also got a camera that can do videos too, a few weeks ago, but have not attempted to try it out yet. i need my husband to help me out, and he has been away for work a lot, so it is on hold- he won't be back until next week, so i plan on trying it then.
I'd be careful if you are listening to JamesC. over at lymenet. In my opinion, he took way to many rounds of lariam that I warned him not to take.
If you have the extra time and $ then why not, it might give you a new hobby. But i think many people confuse macrophages etc as pathogens. I wish you luck in trying to view a spirochete at home with a microscope. But this would have been done long ago in the family dr's office if it was that easy.