OMG! Dave Letterman just admitted to having a tick-borne illness!

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graceannrose
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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes he did! On the show tonight. The possibility of Letterman having Lyme is something that we all speculated about on this very forum many times ...

It often appeared to members of this forum that Letterman had a flippant attitude towards Lyme disease in the past; he has made many jokes about it over the years. He did a skit once involving a fake 'expert' discussing the dangers of ticks and the symptoms of Lyme disease. It caused a lot of controversy.

He was not joking tonight talking about how sick he has been over the last few days, even saying that it was so bad that it was worse than his quintuple bypass. He said that he wished he had swine flu! Apparently yesterday he had a fever of 103 degrees, "the kind of fever that makes you think you are seeing monkeys" !

This is what he said he was diagnosed with (from Wikipedia):

Anaplasmosis: a disease caused by a rickettsial parasite of ruminants, Anaplasma spp. The organism occurs in the white blood cells and is transmitted by natural means through by a number of haematophagous species of ticks.

He then explained what 'anaplasmosis' was by holding up a card that said 'Tick-borne Illness'.

The only thing is that he received antibiotic treatment and says he feels better than ever within just a day or two ... I suppose we will see how this progresses for him.

I just had to share ...

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veromia333
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   Posted 7/30/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
VERY interesting. We need these high profile people. I wish M J Fox would come through.
The line is faded not showing where Lyme came in. I became a new Mommy n my Lyme decided to show itself. Swollen elephant like knee and finger and limiting back pain. Bell's palsey, weight loss as if I had no muscle on my bones anymore. And much more text book lyme symptoms. To a Lyme doc, after alot of there is nothing wrong with you and a recommend to counceling,he said V this is Lyme. What kept me pressing on I had Lyme while I was pregnant. I know I was not infected while pregnant. I am watching her with an eagle eye. God Bless everyone. Love Veronica. Were the ones who know about Lyme not the doctors. Isnt that just mad? Backwards. Alice in wonderland.


CajunGrl
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   Posted 7/30/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Grace,

very interesting indeed. Do you think he was joking around before because he had it? Or was he pretty ignorant to the disease? Hmmm, if he was ignorant, what a wake up call that was!
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veromia333
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   Posted 7/30/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
this is true,
The line is faded not showing where Lyme came in. I became a new Mommy n my Lyme decided to show itself. Swollen elephant like knee and finger and limiting back pain. Bell's palsey, weight loss as if I had no muscle on my bones anymore. And much more text book lyme symptoms. To a Lyme doc, after alot of there is nothing wrong with you and a recommend to counceling,he said V this is Lyme. What kept me pressing on I had Lyme while I was pregnant. I know I was not infected while pregnant. I am watching her with an eagle eye. God Bless everyone. Love Veronica. Were the ones who know about Lyme not the doctors. Isnt that just mad? Backwards. Alice in wonderland.


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   Posted 7/31/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I think like other autoimmune diseases it can vary so much from person to person.
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tickedoff
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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
is MJ Fox's parkinson's caused from lyme? is saw a post by him some time ago...hate to see anyone get this awful disease but what spokespersons they could be...just curious...

CajunGrl
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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Tickedoff,

We all discussed this a while back and no one really knows. It seems feasible though. If you do a search, you will see where we all thought it could be possible.
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Nicky D
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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I know when I first saw my Lyme-literate naturopath, and I told her I was having trouble with my GP, she told me "maybe you can get diagnosed with anaplasmosis." Sadly, that didn't happen.

Anaplasmosis doesn't mean he has Lyme disease for sure, but it does mean Lyme disease is possible. It is treated with abx as well.
 
Edit: Just wanted to clarify. One of the big ID doctors in my area diagnosed someone with anaplasmosis recently. So while doctors wouldn't diagnose/treat me for lyme, they would have treated me for anaplasmosis.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Anaplasmosis is the new name for Erlichiosis, same thing. I did some research after watching Letterman last night.  D
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