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.
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 – 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.
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.
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-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)
I had just finished watching the documentary, Under Our Skin, on the Knowledge Network website.
As a diagnosed Lyme sufferer, diagnosed by a retired doctor who is one of the most respected and highly sought out speakers on Lyme Disease in the world, yet still refused the treatment that could cure me, this film did not offer much hope. It only served to underscore the huge problem this disease is for those unlucky enough to have it anywhere in the developed world. Continue reading →