I'm from Michigan, not from Calgary. But when I was first dxed with MS I asked my neuro if it could be Lyme disease. He said something to the effect that Lyme disease is way over-diagnosed and he reafirmed in no uncertain terms that I have MS. At the time I let it ride at that. Was I naive to believe him? Does Lyme produce plaques on the brain?
To the contrary, I believe that Lyme is way under
-diagnosed. The ELISA test is the most commonly used, and it has so many false negatives, I don't know why they even bother.
Check out canlyme.com
what canlyme wrote:
Important: False negative test results have been widely reported in both early and late disease.
Lyme Disease in Canada, information and support for Lyme in Canada Canada is endemic for Lyme 1. Lyme disease is a 'clinical' diagnosis and any Canadian may be exposed to it anywhere, subsequently the 'history of exposure in an endemic area' part of the symptom and history equation is made. We know its here, and have found it in every Province but we are too vast a country with too few resources to track this with any degree of accuracy. The ticks are deposited by migratory birds so what may be non endemic one day may have the beginnings of a tick population the next. Look very seriously at symptoms.