Friday, 23 October 2015

Lyme is not MS

Forrester JD, Kugeler KJ, Perea AE, Pastula DM, Mead PS. No Geographic Correlation between Lyme Disease and Death Due to 4 Neurodegenerative Disorders, United States, 2001-2010. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Nov;21(11):2036-2039. doi: 10.3201/eid2111.150778.

Associations between Lyme disease and certain neurodegenerative diseases have been proposed, but supportive evidence for an association is lacking. Similar geographic distributions would be expected if 2 conditions were aetiologically linked. Thus, we compared the distribution of Lyme disease cases in the United States with the distributions of deaths due to Alzheimer disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis(MS), and Parkinson disease; no geographic correlations were identified. Lyme disease incidence per US state was not correlated with rates of death due to ALS, MS, or Parkinson disease; however, an inverse correlation was detected between Lyme disease and Alzheimer disease. The absence of a positive correlation between the geographic distribution of Lyme disease and the distribution of deaths due to Alzheimer disease, ALS, MS, and Parkinson disease provides further evidence that Lyme disease is not associated with the development of these neurodegenerative conditions.
We get his question quite often is Lyme Disease MS. Based on the data here the answer is No.

8 comments:

  1. What is interesting about lyme disease and MS is that they both need to be treated holistically. With regards to a eating good healthy diet, manage depression, stress, anxiety and treat with medication.

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    1. Life needs to be treated holistically.

      Lyme disease however needs anti-biotics to get rid of the bacteria and relapsing MS needs a good DMT.

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    2. I did put 'and treat with medication' , that's what I meant antibiotics for lyme and DMT for RRMS.


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    3. There have been a few interesting interviews with John Caudwell and members of his family diagnosed with lyme disease. He feels that lyme disease needs a holistic treatment approach that includes antibiotics. Lyme disease can cause depression and anxiety.

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    4. And PPMS needs neuroprotectives.

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  2. Lyme Disease is often difficult to diagnose, and often erroneously diagnosed as MS. The tests for Lyme Disease are inconsistent with frequent false negatives. From what I read, Lyme Disease can be dormant for years, and not picked up by the Western Blot, etc. It is also suggested that the bacteria is capable of changing it's genetic structure. The question is do you have MS or Lyme? Sometimes difficult to answer where symptoms are remarkably similar. Not whether they are the same disease.

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  3. I have read that Lyme disease in difficult to diagnose, but the Australian "authorities" deny that anyone in Aus could possibly have Lyme disease - they say it does not exist in Australia - which is contrary to the opinions of several Lyme disease experts in Aus. My understanding of part of the approach to diagnosing MS is that it is often a question of ruling out other diseases so given that Lyme is an acknowledged MS mimic I cannot understand why (where appropriate) people are not tested in order to rule Lyme in or out. The opinion of the Aus "authorities" prevails despite the fact that some people who have never travelled to known Lyme countries have managed to get the relevant tests done by overseas companies (air couriered samples etc), find they do have Lyme, and then are successfully treated for Lyme. Unfortunately for some of them, they have been left with functional deficits due to the time taken to get treatment. This is even more shameful than neuros who adopt a wait and see approach to treating MS.

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  4. There's a fairly new illness spread by ticks that may be less responsive to antibiotics. It's carried by bacteria called Borrelia miyamotoi. Symptoms are similar to lyme disease. These ticks have been found in the UK.


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