I was first dx'd with RRMS in Feb of '08 by one neurologist, then dx'd with chronic neuological borelliosis (Lyme) in Sept '09 after coming up positive on an Igenex panel and seeing an LLMD here in the local area. Then, saw another neuro at UT southwestern where my Lyme diagnosis was dismissed after a second round of ELISA's came up negative (Well...no shit Sherlock...I had been on abx for 13 months) and was given a diagnosis of PPMS. No help there.....
The mainstream crop of neurologists out there are only doing what they were taught in school. Its not Lyme.....its NEVER Lyme. What a crock!
Sorry if I'm coming across as bitter.....that's just because I am.
If given a choice between PPMS, which has no treatment at all, and Lyme Disease, which does....I'll take the Lyme Disease dx. At least then I can get some kind of treatment that might help.
After 13 months, my LLMD is pulling me off of ABX and putting me on a modified Cowden Protocol using Samento and Banderol and numerous detoxes to help with the herxing. This recent study proves that abx don't really kill the bacteria, they just drive the Lyme Spirochete into its L-form (cell wall deficient form), but the combo of Samento and Banderol whack borellia in all of its forms, to include the biofilms the bacteria creates to protect themselves from ABX and the immune system.
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I personally believe that borellia and its co-infections are the reason we have autoimmunity diseases running rampant in the world the way we do. I also believe that Lyme is actually weaponized syphylus. The bacteria are very, very close cousins and behave very similarly, except for the fact that syphylus has only one plasmid. Borellia has over 20!! This could not have happened in nature. Only genetic modification of the bacteria could result in this.
My suggestion....if some Dr. hands you an MS diagnosis, or ANY autoimmune diagnosis....you better get an LLMD in your stable of professional opinions FAST. Get on a course of doxy for 4 weeks and see if you herx. Or do what I did....self treat with Samento for a few weeks. I began herxing big time as I began ramping up on it. This confirmed my suspicion that I might have a systemic bacterial infection. I demanded an IGENEX panel be done and whalla! Lyme!
Its the most crippling, disabling, and stealthy bug known to man.....created by man, I say. Abx aren't enough. You need an LLMD that can formulate a comprehensive treatment regimen for your specific case.
Don't let the medical establishment push you around. Be your own best advocate.