The tick may inject blood thinners into the bite site to make feeding easier...but I don't think these blood thinners have enough effect to bring down platelet levels on a blood test, nor are the effects likely to last beyond the time the tick is attached...
Here's what I do know:
Lyme bacteria move through tissue easier than blood, possibly due to their cork screw shape - this is one reason blood PCR tests (PCR tests look for DNA of the Lyme bacteria - different than looking for the body's response via antibodies to the Lyme such as is measured by the usual Lyme blood tests) seldom give a positive result.
I also know Lyme can stimulate the production of fibrin, which thickens blood (fibrin is a component of blood clots and also of bacterial biofilm communities).
Lyme ELISA, IFA, & WB tests are inaccurate for many reasons:
* immune suppression, caused by Lyme and/or pre-existing issue(s)
* the tests look only for one (or maybe 2) strain of Lyme (at least 100 strains exist in the US)
* Lyme bacteria constantly change their outer surface proteins, resulting in an unending need for the immune system to re-identify and manufacture new antibodies
* the known time delay between initial infection and the body's ability to generate sufficient antibodies to be detectable on the test
* the exclusion of certain Lyme-specific bands on main-stream lab Lyme tests
* the bonding of antibodies to Lyme bacteria, thus free antibodies are unavailable in sufficient quantities to show up on the test
* since Lyme prefers tissue, the antibodies may be infiltrating the tissue instead of floating around in the blood stream
* and probably other reasons I am not remembering/aren't aware of
Lyme usually causes inflammation. Inflammation tends to increase platelet counts and thicken blood.
I think persistant blood thinning may be from nutritional deficiency secondary to malabsorption (e.g., Vitamin K) or other coinfections (possibly Anaplasma/Ehrlichia or others) more than directly from Lyme bacteria itself...not saying Lyme can't decrease platelet counts or cause thinner blood, just that it is more likely coming from another cause or as an effect of something else the Lyme has done to the body.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, intermittant pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, homeopathy.
Post Edited (Razzle) : 9/9/2009 4:29:58 AM (GMT-6)