How I was floored by a tick
From BBC News Magazine, July 31, 2016:
By Allan Little
I’d been going for years to the same little town in New England and Lyme disease is everywhere there. You can’t walk more than a few hundred metres in the countryside without coming across a public health notice warning you not to get bitten by a deer tick.
So the intense headache, the aching limbs, the burning joints, the ferocious fever and night sweats that hit me in a matter of hours, a few days after I’d got back to London, were all consistent with what I’d read about the condition.
I went to a London GP, who wasn’t convinced. She took a blood sample and advised me to go home, rest, and take paracetamol.
The next day, the blood test came back. It was negative for Lyme. READ MORE.
- August 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm
the test used to dx Lyme is terrible .. it gives an individual a false negative 40-70% of the time … in what other disease would this quality of testing be acceptable … even the CDC , who notoriously could care less about Lyme and Coinfections, says its poor and dx can be made clinically… I hope you let the other clinicians who saw you that they need to get busy reading some of the 21,000 articles in peer reviewed journals …..
- August 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm
He picked it up in the U.S. but was tested in England. Wonder if they tested for the American or European strain? From what I’ve seen from Lyme specialists on YouTube, an American test will not pick up Lyme caught in Europe (like on a U. S. military base in Germany) and European test will not pick up Lyme caught in the U.S.
And like the article said, it won’t pick it up testing that early. This man’s lucky he found the tick bite and got the bullseye rash.
- January 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm
I notice Mr Alan Little is again broadcasting and I am very interested to know what sort of treatment he received in Edinborough ! I am in a similar situation with “too late” undiagnosed lyme disease and am desperate to get some sort of treatment or at least know what I can expect,
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