Lyme-carrying ticks on the rise in Al...

Lyme-carrying ticks on the rise in Alberta

There are 10 comments on the St. Albert Gazette story from Aug 11, 2012, titled Lyme-carrying ticks on the rise in Alberta. In it, St. Albert Gazette reports that:

Lyme disease in Alberta has the potential to spike in coming years, with new information pointing to an increased population of disease-carrying ticks.

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Maureen

Calgary, Canada

#1 Aug 11, 2012
I'm totally astounded that the press is either totally blinded to, or unwilling to discuss the real reasons Lyme is quickly becoming a plague. They seem to think they don't know why, although I suspect they can't be that uninformed.

More of them need to go to You Tube and type in

Behind the Eightball Lyme

Or

Jesse Ventura Plum Island

They prefer to remain in the dark it seems, as with the most important of world issues in general.
Maureen

Calgary, Canada

#2 Aug 12, 2012
I asked to be tested for Lyme & Lupus in Calgary after my medical files became several inches thick. I caught everything & was sure there had to be a base cause, but no previous doctor believed that. That was worrisome because I was also gradually losing my ability to walk. There would be days when my legs would be so stiff I could hardly walk at all, & others when I could walk up to 10 blocks.

The 1st Lyme tests were taken May 22. About June 6th, I received the 1st preliminary Eliza test confirmation that said I had antibodies to 3 types of Lyme: B. Burgdorferi, Afzellii, and Garinii.

That meant waiting about another 20 days while the Western Blot Test was done. The 2nd test came back negative.

By now I had done research on Lyme and found out I had many of its symptoms, red & dry eyes, a "large" pituitary tumour, intermittent numbness in the face for the last several years, breast cancer (which could be caused by Lyme coinfections, recent changes in epithelial cells (which Lyme is known for), many unusual skin changes, severe and advanced degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis, unexplained rectal bleeding for several years, swollen lymph glands and bug-like sensations in the skin.

My blood platelets had also been falling repeatedly for several months but they said not to worry until they were down to about 60. I didn't want to have injections of blood platelets or my spleen removed!

No one knew what was causing those things & no one seemed worried except for me. I hadn't even seen a blood specialist!

Because I didn't have arthritis in my knees or fingers, they felt that the 2nd test was accurate.

I did have such severe spinal problems though that I had a hip collapse last year that weakened my right thigh forever. I also lost my reflexes several years ago & suffered from severe cognitive problems a few years ago.

I also have constant spinal/chest pain with some bouts so severe they feel like heart attacks.

I sleep about 1/2 hour every four, & about 10 hours at night, but still feel tired. I also a gallstone, kidney stone & pain under both ribs.

Eventually I asked for testing for Babesiosis after reading that this could cause bleeding & lowering of blood platelets.

Testing in Alberta is incredibly slow. Again, my first tests were May 22. It's now August 12th, more than 3 months later, & I'm still waiting for the results of the last test which should probably take a week.

It took more than 2 months before I was able to see an infectious disease specialist who had a year of experience & surely no Lyme experience (although he is kind & dedicated & is still doing all he can to get to the bottom of this).

I wouldn't be surprised if I were told once again that I had no Lyme disease & nothing that could be either positively identified and/or treated.

They say that's exactly what Lyme is. It's a painful masquerading disease that can be totally exhausting & debilitating, without twigging in most doctor's minds the fact that anything at all may be wrong.

There is plenty wrong -- so much so in fact that I often think I won't be alive in a year from now so I want this documented. I feel as though I'm always at death's door, so I hope some diagnosis can be arrived at some time before then.

Lyme is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in North America. Pituitary tumours also are in 1 out of 5 people. Larger ones like mine are also deadly because they can cause many cancers, heart problems, diabetes, blindness & other things, yet doctors don't learn about any of these things in Canadian medical school. Why?

Large numbers of Alzheimer patients, ALS, MS, Lupus, Parkinson's, fibromaligia etc. have been found to actually have Lyme. Just how prevalent is this deadly plague anyway?

If they still tell me I don't have Lyme, I either have to accept that or go to a naturopath or the USA to be tested & pay for all diagnostics as well as all treatment myself. I wouldn't be the first.
Maureen

Calgary, Canada

#3 Aug 12, 2012
PS. Forgot to mention that for about 15 years of my life I lived directly near a forest and owned several pets who also often brought home ticks. Like many others who own pets, I didn't much pay attention to the odd bite here and there. Like many others who had Lyme, I also don't recall ever developing a target like rash.
Maureen

Calgary, Canada

#4 Aug 12, 2012
Posting this again because other posts didn't take.

I asked to be tested for Lyme & Lupus in Calgary after my medical files became several inches thick. I caught everything & was sure there had to be a base cause, but no previous doctor believed that. That was worrisome because I was also gradually losing my ability to walk. There would be days when my legs would be so stiff I could hardly walk at all, & others when I could walk up to 10 blocks.

The 1st Lyme tests were taken May 22. About June 6th, I received the 1st preliminary Eliza test confirmation that said I had antibodies to 3 types of Lyme: B. Burgdorferi, Afzellii, and Garinii.
That meant waiting about another 20 days while the Western Blot Test was done. The 2nd test came back negative.

By now I had done research on Lyme and found out I had many of its symptoms, red & dry eyes, a "large" pituitary tumour, intermittent numbness in the face for the last several years, breast cancer (which could be caused by Lyme coinfections, recent changes in epithelial cells (which Lyme is known for), many unusual skin changes, severe and advanced degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis, unexplained rectal bleeding for several years, swollen lymph glands and bug-like sensations in the skin.

My blood platelets had also been falling repeatedly for several months but they said not to worry until they were down to about 60. I didn't want to have injections of blood platelets or my spleen removed!

No one knew what was causing those things & no one seemed worried except for me. I hadn't even seen a blood specialist!

Because I didn't have arthritis in my knees or fingers, they felt that the 2nd test was accurate.

I did have such severe spinal problems though that I had a hip collapse last year that weakened my right thigh forever. I also lost my reflexes several years ago & suffered from severe cognitive problems a few years ago. I also have constant spinal/chest pain with some bouts so severe they feel like heart attacks.

I sleep about 1/2 hour every four, & about 10 hours at night, but still feel tired. I also a gallstone, kidney stone & pain under both ribs.

Eventually I asked for testing for Babesiosis after reading that this could cause bleeding & lowering of blood platelets.

Testing in Alberta is incredibly slow. Again, my first tests were May 22. It's now August 12th, more than 3 months later, & I'm still waiting for the results of the last test which should probably take a week.

It took more than 2 months before I could see an infectious disease specialist who had a year of experience & surely no Lyme experience (although he is kind & dedicated & is doing all he can).

I wouldn't be surprised if I were told again that I had no Lyme disease & nothing that could be positively identified and/or treated.

They say that's exactly what Lyme is. It's a painful masquerading disease that can be totally exhausting & debilitating, without twigging in most doctor's minds the fact that anything at all may be wrong.

There is plenty wrong -- so much so in fact that I often think I won't be alive in a year from now so I want this documented. I feel as though I'm always at death's door, so I hope some diagnosis can be arrived at some time before then.

Lyme is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in North America. Pituitary tumours also are in 1 out of 5 people. Larger ones like mine are also deadly because they can cause many cancers, heart problems, diabetes, blindness & other things, yet doctors don't learn about any of these things in Canadian medical school. Why?

Large numbers of Alzheimer patients, ALS, MS, Lupus, Parkinson's, fibromaligia etc. have been found to actually have Lyme. Just how prevalent is this deadly plague anyway?

If they still tell me I don't have Lyme, I either have to accept that or go to a naturopath or the USA to be tested & pay for all diagnostics as well as all treatment myself. I wouldn't be the first.
Maureen

Calgary, Canada

#5 Aug 12, 2012
Sorry for the double and even triple postings. I hope that the moderator can delete the extras. It appears that the longer posts take a few minutes to appear, which left me with the impression that they didn't go through.
Irish Lyme

Accrington, UK

#6 Aug 17, 2012
Maureen, There are many many silent sufferers here also. Know that you are not alone. Check out if there is ASYRA testing through any health food shops near you. It identifies all infections in one go without you having to mention which health issues you have. Just make sure you get the full comprehensive test,esp the environmental. The health service probably wont accept the results (simply because they are not trained in this and dont understand)but it gives you specific information about all infections/ co infections. They can also give you a homeopathic remedy to address all in the report. I cant explain how it works but my friend improved a lot with it.

Since: Jul 12

Taipei, Taiwan

#8 Sep 11, 2012
Jesse Ventura Plum Island

They prefer to remain in the dark it seems, as with the most important of world issues in general.
Lyme disease blog

Asheville, NC

#9 Oct 23, 2012
I have found this blog on Lyme to be very helpful to those that I know that have Lyme. My girlfriend has Lyme and so do a few friends and extended family. It's crazy how many people get it and it's not covered more in the news! http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com...
Maureen

Calgary, Canada

#10 Oct 25, 2012
Interesting. I will ask about that. More and more people are forced to go to naturopaths because doctors are being trained less and less it seems. This is probably done on purpose to reduce health costs. Soon the era of the doctor who is not a naturopath may be over.
Irish Lyme wrote:
Maureen, There are many many silent sufferers here also. Know that you are not alone. Check out if there is ASYRA testing through any health food shops near you. It identifies all infections in one go without you having to mention which health issues you have. Just make sure you get the full comprehensive test,esp the environmental. The health service probably wont accept the results (simply because they are not trained in this and dont understand)but it gives you specific information about all infections/ co infections. They can also give you a homeopathic remedy to address all in the report. I cant explain how it works but my friend improved a lot with it.
Maureen

Calgary, Canada

#11 Oct 25, 2012
Yeah, it's klnd of like murder. When there's one or two in an area, it makes the front page. When there are 50, it's hidden in the other pages. The more prevalent, the more hidden when it really should be the other around.
Lyme disease blog wrote:
I have found this blog on Lyme to be very helpful to those that I know that have Lyme. My girlfriend has Lyme and so do a few friends and extended family. It's crazy how many people get it and it's not covered more in the news! http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com...

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