said “Lyme disease – what’s that?”
I carried on with the antibiotic therapy – as an outpatient.'
The response from HPA was:- made by Dr. Sue O’Connell: First of all I’d like to say how sorry I am to hear Mel’s story. I am surprised that Norwich did not know about Lyme disease. There has been research in the area,
Thetford Forest is a Lyme research area. This has happened over 15 years and done by a group from Charing Cross Hospital. So it is disappointing that this has occurred and I am very sorry about that.
Roll on the day when we have accurate and sensitive testing at all stages of Lyme Disease, proteomics have been used successfully in research work (Distinct Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteomes Differentiate Post-Treatment Lyme Disease from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome here )
but that or something similar needs to be translated into easy and inexpensive tests available for our Doctors to initiate. Only then can attention focus on treating patients adequately for their needs.
Meanwhile the Media pussy foot around the subject of Lyme Disease, when they could do so much more to help raise awareness and help publicise the emerging science. However there has been some media interest recently thank you Daily Mail.
Thanks to The Scotsman for the following excellent article hereBruce Alexander: More must be done to combat Lyme disease
Quote 'A recent audit of patients at a Perthshire Medical Practice found a ratio of confirmed cases equivalent to 125 per 100,000 people. Applying this ratio across Scotland, there could be around 6,500 people contracting Lymedisease each year, the vast majority going undiagnosed and untreated.'