I read an article by the gordon medical guys that made an interesting statement about
symptoms. They used an analogy of having all 3 b's is like mixing 3 different colors ; you get something different than the individual 3 colors . True or not? Interesting Idea.
Burrascano guidelines descript
ion of babesia and Bartonella differ somewhat from others I've read.
· Rapid onset of initial illness, often with sudden onset of high fever, severe headaches, sweats and
fatigue, thus it is easy to know when infection began.
· Obvious sweats, usually at night, but can be day sweats as well.
· Air hunger, need to sigh and take a deep breath; dry cough without apparent reason.
· Headaches can be severe - dull, global (involves the whole head, described like the head is in a vise).
· Fatigue is prominent, does not clear with rest, and is made worse with exercise.
· Mental dullness and slowing of reactions and responses.
· Dizziness- more like a tippy feeling, and not vertigo or purely orthostasis.
· Symptoms cycle rapidly, with flares every four to six days.
· Hypercoaguable states are often associated with Babesia infections.
· Rarely, splenomegaly
BARTONELLA & ”BARTONELLA-LIKE ORGANISMS”-
· Gradual onset of initial illness.
· CNS symptoms are out of proportion to the musculoskeletal ones- if a patient has no or minimal joint
complaints but is severely encephalopathic (see below), then think of Bartonella/BLO.
· Obvious signs of CNS irritability can include muscle twitches, tremors, insomnia, seizures, agitation,
anxiety, severe mood swings, outbursts and antisocial behavior.
· GI involvement may present as gastritis or abdominal pain (mesenteric adenitis).
· Sore soles, especially in the morning.
· Tender sub-cutaneous nodules along the extremities, especially outer thigh, shins, and occasionally along the triceps.
· Occasional lymphadenopathy.
· Morning fevers, usually around 99. Occasionally light sweats are noted.
· Elevated vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) occurs in a minority, but the degree of elevation
correlates with activity of the infection and may be used to monitor treatment.
· Rapid response to treatment changes- often symptoms improve within days after antibiotics are begun, but relapses occur also within days if medication is withdrawn early.
· May have papular or linear red rashes (like stretch marks that do not always follow skin planes), especially in those with GI involvement.
I dunno what to believe.
Post Edited (BJD55) : 6/11/2017 7:06:45 PM (GMT-6)