Lyme Disease

What Causes Lyme Disease?

In order to deal properly with Lyme disease we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow Lyme disease symptoms to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind Lyme disease consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to Lyme disease symptoms.  Here are seven possibilities:
  • Lupus (SLE)*
  • Alzheimer's Disease*
  • Gout*
  • Multiple Sclerosis*
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis*
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome*
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia*
* symptoms can be very similar

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
major voice change
low energy/stamina
moderate alcohol consumption
hand tremors
low lymphocyte count
unsound sleep
refined sugar consumption
incoherent speech
Over 9 years at 120-180 blood sugar
disturbed sleep
frequent 'chills'
swollen inguinal nodes
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of Lyme disease symptoms:
Cause Probability Status
Lupus (SLE)** 93% Confirm
Rheumatoid Arthritis** 20% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia** 17% Unlikely
Gout** 4% Ruled out
Multiple Sclerosis** 3% Ruled out
Alzheimer's Disease** 0% Ruled out
Guillain-Barre Syndrome** 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
** Symptoms can be very similar

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Immune System Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about Lyme disease:
Lyme Disease. Have you ever been diagnosed with this condition? It is a tick-borne disease characterized by circular rash, headache, fever, chills and, later, by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Minor episode now resolved
→ Major episode now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of Lyme disease or Lyme disease, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Lyme disease should be a differential diagnosis for all fibromyalgia patients who could have been exposed to a tick bite.

Gout / Hyperuricemia

Lyme disease is similar to gout and is sometimes misdiagnosed as such.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Putting aside the issue of whether Lyme disease does or does not cause some cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, the two diseases share so many symptoms that Lyme disease can be mistaken for Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

Lyme arthritis is often mistaken clinically for systemic lupus erythematosus.

Multiple Sclerosis

Lyme Disease has been called "The New Great Imitator", a replacement for that old "great imitator" neurosyphilis.  The two diseases share so many symptoms that Lyme disease should be ruled out if multiple sclerosis diagnosis is in question.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The symptoms of Lyme disease have frequently been misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis and subsequently mistreated.

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