Lääkäri diagnosoi kroonisen Borrelioosin

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Lääkäri diagnosoi kroonisen Borrelioosin

Viesti Kirjoittaja soijuv » Pe Maalis 09, 2012 19:07


Lääkäri diagnosoi kroonisen Borrelioosin - joidenkin asiantuntijoiden mukaan tautia ei ole olemassa.

Patin oireet alkoivat vähitellen - vei vuosia ennenkuin ymmärrettiin hänen olevan sairaan. Pat harrasti vaeltamista. Eräänä päivänä v.2008 hän huomasi mäkeä kiivetessään lihastensa jäykistyvän. V2009 hänellä oli vaikeuksia juoksulenkeillä. V 2010 hän ei kyennyt jumppaamaan. Hän oli myös poikkeuksellisen väsynyt. Sitten hän unohti millä metroasemalla hänen tulee jäädä pois kotiin mennessään. Hän ajeli metrolla edestakaisin kunnes muisti oikean aseman.

Pat oli tuolloin 49-vuotias. Hän epäili oireidensa johtuvan vaihdevuosista ja tilasi ajan lääkärille. Hän sai ajan vasta 6 viikon päähän. Tänä aikana hän alkoi käyttää öisin villasukkia koska hänen jalkansa palelivat epätavallisen paljon, nivelet kipuilivat, sähköiskumaisia kipuja polvista kyynärpäihin, käsien puutumista, kömpelyyttä sanojen muodostamisessa jne. Lääkärin mielestä "psyyke on voimakas vaikuttaja" eikä uskonut moninaisiin oireisiin.

Tämän jälkeen Pat tapasi sisätautilääkärin joka kuunteli tunnin ajan Patin oirekuvausta. Oireiden perusteella hän sanoi epäilevänsä niiden aiheuttajaksi borrelia-bakteeria ja Patin sairastavan kroonista Borrelioosia. Vaikka borreliatesti oli negatiivinen lääkäri aloitti antibioottihoidot koska hänen mukaansa testit eivät välttämättä kerro onko elimistössä borrelia-bakteereita vai ei. Lääkäri kertoi erään ystävänsä joutuvan matkustamaan toiseen osavaltioon saadakseen Borrelioosihoitoja koska joidenkin lääkärien mukaan kroonista borrelioosia ei ole olemassa.

The doctor diagnosed chronic Lyme disease, but many experts say it doesn?t exist

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ ... story.html

Lauree Feldman/GETTY IMAGES - Deer ticks, which can be as small as poppy seeds, transmit Lyme disease.

By Laurie McClellan, Published: March 5

I don?t believe in the Loch Ness monster. I don?t think government scientists are autopsying aliens in Area 51 or plotting a vast conspiracy from a bunker at the North Pole. But for the past two years, I?ve lived through an experience that has felt, at times, like a real-life episode of ?The X-Files.?

What happened is this: My husband became frighteningly, mysteriously ill. And when two doctors finally fit the puzzle pieces of his symptoms together, we discovered that, according to medical authorities, his disease does not officially exist.

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Pat?s symptoms came on gradually ? so gradually, it took us years to realize he was sick. Longtime hikers, in 2008 we backpacked through Washington state for five days, lugging 45-pound packs over rugged mountain passes rippling with wildflowers.

?This seems a lot harder than it usually does,? Pat remarked one day, taking an uncharacteristic rest break halfway up a hill. Then his muscles began to stiffen up after long car rides. In 2009 his usual runs on the treadmill became too taxing. By June of 2010 Pat couldn?t make it to the gym at all. He was so tired, he needed a two-hour nap every night after work. One night he got home an hour late: He?d forgotten the name of our Metro stop and had kept riding the trains back and forth until he remembered.

Guessing that, at age 49, his problem might be hormonal, Pat made an appointment with an endocrinologist. While he waited six weeks for the appointment, he started wearing wool socks to bed because his feet were now inexplicably freezing. He began to stumble when walking, occasionally bumping into walls. The joint pain started up a few weeks later: a feeling of electrical shocks shooting through his knees and elbows. Numbness in his hands began making it hard to type. He?d sometimes choke while drinking and stumble over words.

When Pat finally saw the endocrinologist, the doctor confidently dismissed the odd array of symptoms as impossible. ?The mind is very powerful,? he explained.

Pat?s next stop was my internist, whom I trusted. She talked to him for an hour and gave him a quick exam. ?Based on your symptoms,? she said, ?I think you might have chronic Lyme disease.?

I was surprised. It seemed like an obscure disease, even though I?d read that Lyme-carrying ticks were thriving in the Washington area. Pat could have picked up a tick while hiking in the woods or from a bush while walking through the front yard. The Lyme test came back negative, but my doctor started him on antibiotics anyway. The tests weren?t always accurate, she explained, and Pat?s symptoms were spot on. He would need to see a chronic Lyme disease specialist to confirm the diagnosis.

Then she continued, ?I have a friend in New York with chronic Lyme, and she has to drive to Connecticut to see a doctor. The politics . . . they?re just terrible.? Terrible politics? In retrospect, when I think of that moment, I picture myself stepping through the looking glass like Alice, entering the topsy-turvy world beyond.

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