It Might be Lyme Disease

It Might be Lyme Disease – Why we need to push for answers

It might be Lyme Disease, when you have a mysterious disease that baffles your doctor.  It might be Lyme Disease when the specialists keep scratching their heads and sending you to another specialist.  It might be Lyme Disease when every blood test for anything anyone can think of comes back negative.  It might be Lyme Disease

It’s simply unacceptable, in this modern world, to settle for a total lack of diagnosis.  Being called a hypochondriac should almost be made a hate crime.  When someone goes to a doctor, something is wrong! Continue reading

Lyme Files Update

Lyme Files Update – what has been going on?

The Lyme Files was originally set up as a blog to keep those interested updated with my own battle with chronic Lyme Disease.  My idea arose when I realized how helpful it is to read about what others are doing.  More than that, I found it very comforting as I read other stories to know I’m not alone.

Lyme Files Update

Dave Cottrell in 2017

What has happened since 2013 in my life?

First of all, I now have seven beautiful grandchildren!  At one point in time, when the medical profession had no idea what was wrong with me, I wondered if I would even see my first two grandchildren again.  The specialist I had been sent to told me, in front of my dear wife, that they thought I had small cell carcinoma – aka lung cancer.  In other words, they were suggesting I was under a death sentence, lung cancer is almost always fatal.

In time, of course, all cancer tests came back negative.  From there, it went from one narrow guess to another.  I say “narrow,” because not one doctor out of the plethora of doctors and specialists I visited would consider all my symptoms.  Every one of them would only consider one or two symptoms. Continue reading

New Borrelia Bacterium Isolated

New Borrelia Bacterium Isolated – and we are supposed to be surprised?

Just when some of us may be questioning what we have come to believe about our illness, doubting the diagnosis, wondering if the naysayers and “specialists” are really correct and we are way off track in our desire to get well, a new article has been posted in the New England Journal of Medicine stating what many of us, and some good scientists and doctors have believed for some time: Bb is not the only culprit in the Borrelia family that is causing Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease Bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi

Lyme Disease Bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi (Photo credit: NIAID)

A new bacterium in the Borellia family has been found and isolated, Borrelia miyamotoi. It is genetically related to the same species of Borrelia that has been detected in all tick species that are vectors of Lyme disease.

I’m sure we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this. It goes to show that what Lyme sufferers and some who have been studying the disease for years have been saying: The present testing protocols are inadequate and often completely useless.

See the full New England Journal of Medicine article here:

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Acid, the Quiet Killer

by Dave Cottrell

Lyme disease is certainly one of the most controversial diseases of the 21st century.  In many places, doctors are completely uneducated in the clinical presentation of the disease, including, but not limited to, the EMS or “bulls-eye” rash.

For this reason, Lyme is often missed or misdiagnosed in the early stages, making it a very difficult disease to treat as it gains a pernicious grasp in the human body.

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Should You See a Chiropractor?

by Dave Cottrell
It is important in our zeal to feel well, again, to keep our options open.

If there is one thing I have discovered in my own quest for recovery, it is the tendency of many to perhaps too quickly decide they have Lyme disease and that anyone who disagrees is part of a conspiracy to bury the entire Lyme controversy.

Only recently, I have been handed a very good piece of scholarship in the form of a primer for medical practitioners on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME, CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which those who have studied it believe may sometimes be caused by Lyme disease, while other times, active Lyme disease may indeed be the problem.  Thanks to their work, people suffering with the symptoms of Lyme disease and armed with this primer, may be able to get a Western Blot ordered by their MDs.

However, the work also points out the possibility that the symptoms you are suffering from may not be an active Burrelia burgdorferi infection.   Do you want to get well?  Don’t shut the door on other possibilities.

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Lyme Disease: Politics, Old Boys and Misery

  – by Dave Cottrell – 

I am a Lyme Disease sufferer.  I was a very healthy man at almost 48, an outdoorsman, very active, and literally able to out walk and out work most men half my age.  I worked long days and could still run by the end of the day.  When I was first being checked out for this, my doctor said that I was healthier than most twenty year olds.

English: This photograph depicts a white-foote...

English: This photograph depicts a white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, which is a wild rodent reservoir host of ticks, which are known to carry the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, responsible for Lyme disease. During their larval stage, Ixodidae, or “hard ticks” feed on small mammals, particularly the white-footed mouse, which serves as the primary reservoir for B. burgdorferi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Lyme through a Kid’s Eyes

This is how a kid feels when his mom and sister are sick.  It breaks my heart, as I think about what my own children have gone through, seeing their healthy, very active, outdoorsman dad get sicker and sicker with a disease that could have been cured a long time ago with a proper, timely diagnosis and treatment.