erin kachmar said...
the arthritis from the Lymes was immensely helped with antibiotics. and of course, any infection of bacterial sorts will end up in an arthritic condition.
it's sad, that the RA and autoimmune condition i have are basically all sequala of the Lymes.
my health BEFORE all that? oh my gosh!!!!! i was wonder woman! weighed 145lbs, ran track, benched pressed more than the boys! worked 2 jobs, went to school....even juggled 3 jobs at one time!
only thing health wise was frequent strep throats.
from 1995 to 2000 i was still doing "fine". i did have knee pain, passing out, seizure activity, and back pain. i was told time & again that i was FINE and NORMAL and nothing was wrong...so i belived them because i was a kid, and i could still do everything i wanted to do.
my blood work in the meantime from 1998 to 2000 showed elevated WBC's, crazy IgGs IgMs...and positive RF and on 2 occassions i had an elevated ANA. then againa...i was a teenager, so i didn't care as long as i could work, go to school, work out, etc...
in August 2001 i started to go slowly downhill. Sept. 2003 through winter 2004 there was a time where i couldn't walk! so i was really disabled, had to quit college several times. got a little better when i went on TNF meds. May of 2005 was when i had to stop work. have been very ill since with the RA.
i never saw a tick bite, although i had a hard bump on my head about the size of a pencil eraser. (which i picked off i think...i was 13, so smart? not so much)
never been tested for the tests you mentioned; although through objective diagnostics i have Ankylosing Spondylitis.
i had asked the neurologist about human to human contagiousness of Lymes. her answer was to wear condoms if you have sex and do NOT donate blood. so there ya have it! maybe researchers & DRs still do not know?
what type of work to you do Marius? you mentioned a little about it...but are you in the research field?
Did you mean that you were completely healty before the lymes, and the lymes brought you all this?
Oh my god!
I am a software developer. Working (worked) at one of the most good IT companies in Sofia. But I quit recently. Actuallty I am from Bulgaria. Salute from here. Here the weather is warm, most of the people went on vocation on the black sea coast, now tanning their asses. Now I am all alone without friends watching movies, doing some small work on one or two freelance projects at home and researching the internet for my disease, whatever it is. Like I said I think I've misaken my proffesion. I should be some medical man now. The medicine is a subject of interest for me.
So... I'm not researcher, at least not a proffesional one.
Look, now I am interested on the difference between auto-immune reaction and immuno-pathogen reaction. Seems like there are many diseases that are causing symtoms similar to those in autoimmune diseases (ex. lymes, syphilis, hiv), and are also partly immune system caused (trying to fight the invader). But they call them immuno-pathogen symtoms not auto-immune symptoms (when they know the invader). The most simple and common immuno-pathogen symptom is the fever, but there might be also conjuctivitis, arthritis, some nerve system inflamation and etc (just like the auto-immune). And what is the "thin red line" between those two characteristics. How the doctors determines them. How can I be sure that I don't have some infection left untreated, especially with this constant fever I have now. But when you look it from the other side: Imagine you are physician challenged to find what possible infection can cause anybody's symptoms. First remember the medicine course. Then if it's still not clear I would try every known possible test. But they all will come back negative. Some of them false-positive. I would prescripe some antibiotics for a week or two. And when the things still remains unsolved I will stop digging and will express a standpoint - "This is an auto-immune disease". When I search the net for all these symtoms all these complains (in forums, articles) all I see is that the autoimmune diseses symtoms looks very similar to many immuno-pathogen symtoms. Now - look behind, in the past, when the Lymes hasen't been discovered yet. Actually the lymes isn't good example because it has very obvious initiation - a thick bite, but there are others, not so obvious - ex. the hiv virus. Then how can we be sure that now, there is no something which has not been yet discovered too?
Post Edited (Marius123) : 8/8/2006 3:12:02 PM (GMT-6)