Letter to the Editor: Lyme Disease
I have been reading your Neurology Now magazine for quite a while now and I find very dishearting that I have seen nothing pertaining to Lyme disease and it's effect on the brain.
I was diagnosed with everything from depression, anxiety disorder, and early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
I made a trip to the emergency department with extreme groin pain and was diagnosed with inflammation of the testes. This resulted in a couple rounds of IV antibiotics and six weeks of oral antiobiotics. And something very strange happened--my cognitive symptoms went away.
Upon doing my own research, I discovered that Lyme disease is sometimes misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease, and I remembered a tick bite about eight years back accompanied by a bulls-eye rash. I was tested at the time but was told not to worry because there is no Lyme disease in North Carolina, which I know now is not rue.
Upon finding a doctor who was willing to treat me, he looked back through my medical records and discovered that the Western Blot was indeed positive. I was treated long term, and I am now functioning normally again.
I am not the only one: there are thousands more. These folks are not crazy, mentally unstable, orpsychotic. They are sick and in need of help.
Chairman, Central North Carolina Chapter
National Capital Lyme Disease Association