Yes, Lyme is taught in medical school, but it is doctors firmly entrenched in CDC/IDSA dogma who write the material that is taught.
I agree that the worst thing about
Lyme is doctors' lack of understanding and knowledge about
this disease, which then has turned us into a stigmatized "somatoform" or "hypochondriac" population in the eyes of the medical field. The second worst thing about
Lyme is the lack of insurance coverage for long-term treatment. And also the attacks on LLMD's.
It is my opinion that good quality research from respected institutions is the only way to overcome these things (the CFSID and AIDS groups have been able to do this...). The trick is convincing researchers at these institutions that this is necessary.
Ok, for the worst Lyme symptom itself, I'd have to say the ability of the bug to rob us of basic bodily functions (such as the ability to eat, or the ability to walk, or the ability to think clearly), often without abnormalities showing up on any tests (hence contributing to the idea that we're "nuts" even when we KNOW we aren't).
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), 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, etc.; G-Tube; Currently weaning off TPN.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Doxycycline, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, Liver support herbs, Ailanthus, digestive enzymes, homeopathy.