This was a very disturbing conversation I just had with a doctor.
Since there is no known human strain regarding babesia in this country, only found mainly dogs, that I called a university hospital that I read on a medical journal report that examine someone who was first diagnosed with Babesia contraction by blood transfusion.
So I speak to the doctor, remember I am living abroad non-western country. This doctor tells me has experience with Babesia and Lyme while they were in the USA East Coast City.
So I was speaking to him over the telephone and not a physical appointment so he asks me what my symptoms are.
I told him I had joint pains, fatigue, fever, etc.
Then he goes "Oh Babesia is highly unlikely with your symptoms".
And I ask him what symptoms makes me unlikely for Babesia, and he goes "the joint pains, people with active babesia do not have joint pains".
Yet I told him my titer for the IgM/IgG portion says active infection state, he then goes" Oh that's not a reliable indicator". I then ask, Then why would my titer be that high with these symptoms? The doctor goes" Oh you were probably were infected a long time ago and its just still comes up in your anti-body test".
OK so I ask him what will prove to be positive for the active infection and he goes "a microscope test". I then go, I read that the microscope testing is only reliable within a 2 week period of initial infection. Yet the doctor kept repeating "joint pain is not a symptom of Babesia so you probably have something else..."
I am sorry yet I am reading on every weblink to babesiosis and it says "pain/ joint pain"!!!!
Is this doctor a quack or just a naive infectious disease doctor, yet where is he getting his information? and claim he has diagnosed Babesia patients?
He's at a famous university hospital yet oh well what can I say he doesn't know anything!
I just did a few web search research on this doctor's name to see if anything shows up. This is the most "wrong" conversation I had, saying the Babesia has no symptom of joint pain!
Guess what I find his name being SELECTED and HONORED BY the IDSA , that infamous IDSA on here:
If you find your doctors name on that list too, be very careful.
Post Edited (Nexis) : 4/2/2009 12:13:27 AM (GMT-6)