Mamyou, Lyme has triggered several autoimmune diseases in me, including dangerous ones like lupus and autoimmune hepatitis which attack major organs. I suspect that Lyme can trigger pretty much ANY autoimmune disease, including sarcoidosis.
I'm currently on immunosuppressants like prednisone and Imuran for all of my autoimmune diseases (6 of them), AND I take antibiotics for the Lyme and 3 co-infections. My LLMD and LLND both want me off prednisone eventually but right now it's not possible....prednisone has saved my life, it saved my liver from destruction by my own immune system.
There's no guarantee that my AI diseases will go into remission if and when the Lyme is beaten into submission. I suspect that I really truly DO have lupus, for example, that it's not a case of Lyme mimicking lupus. The reason I think so is that lupus runs in my family. Two of my aunts in Texas died of lupus, I have several cousins with lupus, and now one of my daughters has lupus. So I know that there is a genetic pre-disposition in my family to develop lupus. I think that Lyme was the trigger for my lupus.
Perhaps you might want to tell them what you know, and suggest that he/she be tested just to rule out Lyme disease. Praying for your friend.....
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac, asthma, psoriasis, adrenal fatigue, pre-diabetic, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Suprax, Malarone, Alinia, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Liothyronine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec