As a person who had Lyme Disease and one of it's coinfections, Ehrlichiosis, for over 10 years and is now better, I truly feel for people who believe they are suffering from the diagnosis of MS.
I don't know if MS sufferers have sent their blood to the most accurate lab in the U.S. called IgeneX Labs in Palo Alto, CA to rule out Lyme. Any other lab is not accurate as I had my blood tested by these "run of the mill" labs for over 5 years all with negative results and was told I had CFS which I didn't buy because it was a "symptom" not a "disease".
Below I am quoting Dr. Jernigan who writes about MS and Lyme:
"Many cases of Multiple Sclerosis and ALS are misdiagnosed and are actually what some call “Neuro-borreliosis.”
Recent research by Dr. Lida Mattman, Ph.D., et al., which is due to be published soon, has identified another strain of Borrelia spirochete to be found in every case of MS and a different strain as well in cases of ALS. This would explain the improvement often seen in treating these illness as “Lyme” disease. Both of these newly found strains react on blood testing to Lyme Borrelia antibody, which is why so many of these cases are called Lyme disease.
They are in fact different species of Borrelia. The good thing is that these newly discovered strains will often respond to the same treatments as for the classic Borrelia burgdorferi of Lyme disease.
Improvement upon correct treatment also confirms the diagnosis. Compare this to typical MS treatments, which only work to slow down the progression of the illness. By the way, those of you with MS, ask any doctor what causes MS – good luck getting a straight answer. Why not a Borrelia type of cause?
Patients must understand that every doctor can only go as far as they have been taught. If they are taught that Lyme is only in Connecticut and the surrounding states, then they will not even consider Lyme or look for it.
The nice thing about the correct diagnosis of Lyme disease is that it is treatable, with a hope of permanent recovery.
I have seen and heard so many people who have taken their positive Lyme lab tests to their M.D. who even in the absence of any other positive lab work identifying anything definitive would say, “I don’t know what you’ve got, but it’s not Lyme disease.”
I don’t get this! It seems that some doctors would rather diagnose people with what I call a “non-diagnosis” such as unilateral cephalgia, Fibromyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or atypical this or that.
People, these are not a diagnosis!
All the doctor is doing is turning what you told him into Latin or simply describing your symptoms.
A good diagnosis should name the cause of the symptom. These other “non-diagnoses” are just fine if all you plan on doing is providing unending symptomatic relief. Unilateral cephalgia in the example above is really nothing more than “pain on one side of your head”.
With this diagnosis the doctor can do no more than prescribe pain killers.
Opponents of the diagnosis of Lyme disease, and there are many for some political or other bizarre reason that oppose the diagnosis of Lyme disease (even with positive lab tests) outside of New England, are afraid that one may arrive at the incorrect diagnosis of Lyme disease, mainly because the exact cause of the supposed autoimmune diseases is not known in most cases and they seem to be afraid that the patients would be not receiving their symptomatic treatments to slow the illness.
I am not saying to treat every autoimmune disease as if it were Lyme. However in the absence of any labs identifying the cause of your condition and if you get a positive blood or urine test for Lyme disease and improve upon correct treatment, I say it confirms the diagnosis of Lyme and that is far better than most treatments for these autoimmune diseases, which seek only to slow down the progression of the disease. What Is Lyme Disease?"
I hope this opens up some eyes,