Martha Young on yksi tuhansista joilla on diagnosoitu borrelioosi: "Minulla diagnosoitiin ensin virheellisesti fibromyalgia, krooninen fatiikki, kilpirauhassairaus ja niveltulehdus." Myös hänen tyttärellään ja lapsenlapsellaan todettiin borrelioosi. Kukaan heistä ei saanut diagnoosia ajoissa.
Asiantuntijoiden mukaan borrelioosin diagnosointi riittävän ajoissa tuottaa vaikeuksia, koska taudin oireet ovat samanlaiset kuin useissa muissa sairauksissa. (Suom. huom. Onko selvitetty ettei näiden "muiden sairauksien" syynä ole borreliabakteeri?). Tri Strickerin mukaan sairastuneilla on vaikeuksia löytää lääkäriä joka antaisi heille hoitoa, sillä monet lääkärit eivät usko taudin kroonistuvan. Stricker aloittaa lääkäreiden kouluttamisen, jotta nämä kykenisivät tulevaisuudessa paremmin diagnosoimaan ja hoitamaan borrelioosiin sairastuneita.
Early diagnosis is key to treating Lyme Disease
by News Channel 8's Tricia Taskey
Posted May 19, 2007
(New Haven-WTNH) _ It is the most prevalent tick-borne disease in the United States, but diagnosing and treating Lyme Disease can be difficult.
Martha Young is one of the thousands diagnosed with Lyme Disease. She and her husband got it while on vacation in Nantucket back in 1985, but for years she did not know she had the disease.
"I was misdiagnosed with fibro myaglia, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disease and arthritis in the joints. My doctor told me I would have to go on disability because my working days were over. I cried and I couldn't believe it," said Martha.
Once a banker and college administrator who loved the outdoors, Young was devastated by the disease. Things got worse when her daughter came down with the symptoms and then more bad news.
"I had a second child who was born with Lyme disease," said Martha.
None of them were diagnosed until just 2-years ago. Experts say one of the biggest problems with diagnosing Lyme Disease is that so many of the symptoms are similar to other illnesses.
"I see patients who have been to 20-doctors and they're sick and have all these symptoms, but doctors say there's nothing wrong and it's in your head. It can be very frustrating," said Dr. Ray Stricker.
Dr. Stricker has over a 1,000-Lyme Disease patients in his San Francisco office, and they come from all over the country to see him.
"They can't find a doctor to treat them. There is a controversy in that some doctors don't believe there is a chronic form of Lyme Disease, so they can't find the treatment.
That is why Lyme Disease was the focus of a conference at the University of New Haven on Saturday. Dr. Stricker hopes to educate people and other doctors on how to better diagnose and treat the disease.