CT State Rep introduces bill after her husband is denied treatment for persisting symptoms....

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sojourner
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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Legislators enter Lyme disease treatment debate

Bill would allow doctors to prescribe long-term antibiotics

The Advocate Staff
Posted: 02/08/2009 07:02:25 PM EST

By Brian Lockhart

Staff Writer

HARTFORD - State Rep. Kimberly Fawcett has proposed a bill that puts
Connecticut in the middle of a nationwide dispute over whether Lyme
disease can be chronic.

The Fairfield Democrat joined the fray after her husband was diagnosed
with the tick-borne disease last summer. He was prescribed the
standard three-week course of antibiotics but relapsed soon after he
completed the treatment.

"Within a week, he was violently sick again," Fawcett said.

When the couple sought additional treatment from her husband's
primary-care physician, they were told to find another doctor or a
specialist, she said.

Doctors "feel like it's something they want to avoid getting involved
with if they can," Fawcett said.

The reason is that some in the medical profession question whether
Lyme disease can persist, and whether it merits long-term antibiotic
treatment, which carries potential dangers.

Fawcett proposed a law that makes it clear physicians have the right
to prescribe long-term antibiotics for Lyme disease, which she thinks
many would do if they did not fear being reported to the state
Department of Public Health.

Her bill, co-sponsored by state Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, was the
subject of a public hearing Friday by the legislature' s Committee on
Public Health.

READ the rest at
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/localnews/ci_11658937

(B/c I continue to be illiterate at this whole tech thing - I do not now how to set this link up as a hyperlink for you, so you may have to copy/paste it to your browser - so sorry - looking for a good trainer!)

The tide is turning!
If this bill goes through, it establishes a precedence!

Blessings,
Sojourner

Post Edited (sojourner) : 2/10/2009 10:34:55 AM (GMT-7)


nunntrio
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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! This is great news!

rvnut
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Total Posts : 67
   Posted 2/9/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Excellent news!

It's too bad it took personal experience to get some action, though.

dorit
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Total Posts : 375
   Posted 2/9/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey that is great!!! Very very good news!!!

Yesterday while looking through all my lyme- stuff for answering to a post, I fond a report (form the lyme association in Switzerland) about a study where cyst forms of lyme had been found in the liquor cerebrospinalis of ms patients; they put the cysts in nutrient solution and were thus able to raise new spirochetes - this all in order to give substantial proof to the theory of chronic Lyme; first meaningful lab studies/ researches about this had been done more than 50 years ago !!!!...........so hopefully the tide is turning soon! dorit
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