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Of course the medical community will deny the existence of chronic lyme.... It occurs in mid-diagnosed patients who get stuck with the symptoms for years. Several friends from a wide geographic area and age group have been dealing with it for, in one case, decades. Poor woman is near suicidal from teh pain.
All because the dr missed it.
It appears that the first (and possibly the last) class at many medical schools is Arrogance 101. The lived experiences of Ignaz Semmelweis informs us that this is nothing new.
Standard treatment for Lyme in my area is a course or two of Doxycycline Hyclate. A friend lost their ability to walk (or even stand upright) due to a tick-vectored infection. This person's physician treated them with several courses (almost 90 days) of DH, with dramatic positive results (including a complete relapse after the first 30 days of treatment.)
Medicine is not complete - there are diseases out there that have not yet been identified. Even if these suffering people do not have Lyme, there is substantial evidence to suggest that they have something as-yet-unidentified.
Arrogance is trained into doctors because overestimating one's power to heal is believed to have a placebo effect on patients. This may not be incorrect....however when a patient walks in with something undiagnosable that challenges the doctor's arrogance.
The undiagnosable patient, because they are destabilizing to the doctor's identity as a brilliant healer, then becomes an object of the doctor's contempt.
Thank you (and Krusty, post #2 below). We have a friend, a tough farmer, who was almost disabled for several years by what turned out to be a chronic Lyme infection. It was the other treatments given by doctors for other misdiagnoses in the meantime that were useless. He continued to get on his tractor and do his church work even during the time he was nearly bent in half as a result of the disease. When he finally got a doctor who tested - and properly treated - him for it, his return to health (and ability to stand upright without pain) was astounding.