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  •  a spinal tap for lyme is very bad idea (6+ / 0-)

    A spinal tap is the least useful way to diagnose lyme, and anectdotally, can result in very unfortunate clinical worsening if the patient requires a blood patch (if they leak after the puncture).

    There is a really well done website, re treating MS as a chlamydia pneumoniea infection. Vanderbilt University has done some research here.  Interestingly, the antibiotic protocol looks a lot like the protocol used to treat lyme.

    •  I will look into that, thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      MsGrin, 42

      I wasn't thinking about lyme disease when I asked for spinal tap, I just didn't want ms and was hoping that would show I didn't have ms. Although the MRI's blood test and neuro exams all came back ms. I don't think I tested negative in anything related to ms. Believe me, if it wasn't ms I would know it. My uncle had lyme but luckily got treated immediately. I realize he was really lucky many people have hard time with doctors acknowledging their sick and looking for cause.

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      by allie123 on Sun May 08, 2011 at 01:47:09 PM PDT

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    •  I've had 2 (3?) LPs - not useful for Lyme unless.. (3+ / 0-)

      ... they're done within the first 2-3 weeks after first onset of symptoms, and only catches up to 30% of cases at best, from what I can see in research so far.

      In Europe they are looking at a combination of LP CSF, blood tests for ab, and neuro-cognitive symptoms for neuroborreliosis - we aren't doing this in the US - at least not very often.

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