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   Posted 10/31/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Folks: Can anyone tell me if Lyme and co-infections affect the mitochondria? I was reading about mitochondrial diseases and it is SO familiar. Anyone know? thanks  D

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   Posted 11/1/2008 2:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Lyme can be associated with damage to mitochondria and/or mitochondrial malfunction:

Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-J Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Vitamin B12 Shots, Heparin (to flush PICC line).

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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   

A player on the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team is suffering with mitochondria issues.  During the World Series they talked about him and all the pills he takes and the fatigue and other symptoms that sure sounded like Lyme to me.

I believe his name is Rocco Barbelli.




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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Upon doing research I ran across this article just days ago. This article addresses mitochondrial issues related to cancer. The author of the article is hinting that cancer might be caused by a microbe that gets in to our cell. Since Lyme patients are dealing with the Lyme microbe and its coinfections and it is known that these microbes can be found in our cells, I found there was a connection within this article to Lyme disease. I might be way out there but I found this article to be very interesting. I hope you will too!!

Dx History: Lyme and Possibly Bartonella (Did not test positive for Bartonella yet)

Rx History: 400 mg Doxycycline daily (2 months),  2,000 mg Amoxicillin daily (1month), Currently taking 2,000 mg Amoxicillin and 500 mg Zithromax daily. I will be adding Rifampin soon.

Supplements: Vitamin D3/Ca supplement and a Probiotic

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   Posted 11/1/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Dr. H in NY gives his patients NT FACTOR for mitochondrial function. I think you can google it or there is a website for it.

<FONT color=blue>*no dx until 6/2007- clinical dx at llmd with a mildly positive bart test

hypermobility syndrome</i> dx, finally one western blot that no one knew how to read, and a nice round of prednisone to finish me off
August - October ....Roecefin IV, 9.5 weeks
October - worse than ever, bedridden, new LLMD pulled IV
October - March 21...biaxin & plaquenil, (worked a miracle),climbed step first time in 14mos
Jan - March 21...tetracycline (on and off 4 times bc hard to tolerate)

March 21 - April 19....stopped all prescription drugs, best month yet

July & August: DIFLUCAN...more improvement

September: Zithro + Mepron FOR 5 Days! Wanted to die on it, so back to diflucan for now

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   Posted 11/1/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you ALL so much! D

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   Posted 11/4/2008 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Goldfinch, Thanks for the website to the article! Best wishes.
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