Posted 3/20/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)
I get you there. I get in trouble all the time for arguing over there. I am very supportive of lyme and chronic lyme. I get caught up in arguments (my own fault......it does take two to argue) over there when I hear that MS, ALS, fibro, RA, Lupus aren't real diseases- they are just untreated lyme.
I get that we (the medical community) don't understand many things about our bodies and diseases, but I can't imagine that Lyme is causing all of those things. I have done my research too. Colorado has one of the highest incedences of MS in the world and yet it has one of the lowest for Lyme. Likewise, the South has quite a high incidence of Lyme and yet low on the MS spectrum.
The two may be linked; a Lyme infection could well be a trigger. But once MS is there, I do believe it to be a mal-function of the immune system and not just the result of the infection itself. Of course, these are just my opinions. I certainly don't know for sure.
I do feel in my heart that I do not have Lyme. I don't think I ever had it. I have never had flu type issues except for once when I had the flu. I don't cycle every few weeks. I don't have random fevers or joint pain. I am missing some of the major hallmark symptoms that seem to be the essence of Lyme. I feel foolish justifying my diagnosis but here I am doing it anyway.
It does appear that you have either had Lyme, or you have it now, or you have both Lyme and MS or your Lyme triggered your MS/CIS.
Just keep messing with symptoms and hope that you are already treating the diseases (copaxone plus lyme protocol).