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Old 09-22-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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could i be misdiagnosed with ms?

i am a 30 y/o woman. and up until about a month ago -- i had no symptoms of anything. though, i'd been under tremendous stress.

i live in at the base of the mountains in california and las vegas, and i do go outside a lot, so i feel that i may have been bitten by a tick. plus i have a dog.

all of a sudden, i got a fever and a terrible headache, and then numbness in my mid section. then, the left side of my body went numb, and i could barely move it.

i had an mri that showed 2 lesions on my spinal. i also had a spinal tap that showed 5 bands for IgG & 5.7 oligloconal bands. can oligloconal bands be found in lyme disease?

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Old 09-22-2007, 11:47 PM   #2
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Re: could i be misdiagnosed with ms?

Hi I copied this for you off the International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society for you:

OLIGLOCLONAL BANDS AND IGG INDEX — Looking for evidence of an intrathecal immune response may be helpful, but it is not specific. As a rule, oligoclonal bands and an elevated IgG index are not present in North American Lyme disease and their presence should suggest other diseases.

Hope it helps you.

Old 09-23-2007, 05:09 AM   #3
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Re: could i be misdiagnosed with ms?

just because it says OLIGLOCLONAL BANDS should suggest other diseases, doesn't mean they are not other infectious diseases. and who knows if other strains of lyme disease that are nto north american strains have made it here by now.

since they have no idea what causes MS, and your symptoms started out with an illness that sounds like an infection, and the autoimmune response is your body's response to an infection, I would look into it. there are many other infections that attack the nervous system. if it walks like a duck and acts like a duck, its probably a duck.

my LLMD is treating me for other infections, not just lyme.

also do a search on MS and antibiotics, there have been studies showing some people responded to it. If I had a disease that was incurable and some people got better with antibiotics, I would be trying the antibiotics.

also do a search on Dr Mirkin (he doesn't believe there is any such thing as autoimmune diseases, he thinks they are all chronic infections, I agree) and he treats with antibiotics

and also search on Marshall Protocal and cell-wall deficient bacteria.

I would definitely go to an LLMD tho, regular dr's don't even treat anything they just treat the symptoms and keep you sick.

Old 09-23-2007, 10:09 AM   #4
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Re: could i be misdiagnosed with ms?

Hi egghead, welcome to the board!

Lyme disease can cause MS-type brain lesions. I do not know if it can also cause MS-type spinal lesions.

Below is a Lyme symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms.

Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Upset stomach
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol

When Lyme disease is a possibility, it is very important to see a kowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. No test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab.

Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. It is estimated that 60% of people who have Lyme are co-infected. It may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA.

If you need a doctor recommendation, let us know.

It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses (on-line). He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the book "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease
(2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.

I hope you can get answers soon.

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