Many victims of Lyme disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS) have very similar symptoms to each other... with a few differences. I am not a scientist but would just like to throw out a hypothesis. I was originally diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a disease label which does not fit the severity of the disease. For 8 years my Lyme disease went undiagnosed. I did test positive a couple of times but I also tested negative. Many would say this is because the current testing is so inaccurate. The point is though, that when I was allowed to have antibiotics, my condition greatly improved to the point where I have my life back.
There are a few questions we need to ask . Is harboring the lyme spirochete in our bodies, the sole requirement for becoming chronically ill or are there cofactors needed to produce such a debilitating condition? Some of the cofactors involved could be the previous condition of our immune system, whether our hormones are in balance, our diet, chemical exposure and exposure to other viruses, fungi and bacteria.
The XMRV virus has recently been connected with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and has also been implicated in prostate cancer. This virus is closely related to the mouse leukemia virus(MLV) which is found in mice. Could XMRV be one of the cofactors that causes the symptoms of Lyme disease to be so similar to those of CFS and other neuroimmune diseases? The whitefooted mouse is the primary vector of the Lyme spirochete. We have been taught that the deer tick feeds off of the whitefooted mouse. We have also been told that a single tick bite can pass on several infections at once to the victim. Could it be possible that the CFS and Lyme patients who don't respond to antibiotics.....are infected with XMRV and bacteria(including Bb) is not a factor with them? Perhaps those diagnosed with Lyme become chronically infected when a virus such as XMRV is also present? Then when antibiotics are prescribed, many improve greatly but not usually all the way. Could this be because they are aslo harboring the XMRV virus or some other microbes which are unidentified? Could the white footed mouse often be passing on both infections to the ticks which then feed on us? I don't know if XMRV is a disease of this particular mouse but I thought the subject was perhaps worth bringing up
I have always puzzled over the similarities of Lyme disease and other so-called auoimmune diseases , which supposedly have no known causes or cures...only symptomatic treatments. I keep saying to myself..."what is the connection? There is something that ties these diseases together!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8iWkh9Lykg This video is sponsored by an organization to abolish sport hunting. I don't necessarily agree with that goal but the video emphasizes the point that mice, not deer, are the primary resevoir of the Lyme disease organism (Borrelia burgdorferi or Bb)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzIdpMUunHE This video is of Judy Mikovitz discussing the probable link of the XMRV Virus to many diseases of immune dysregulation...such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Prostate cancer, etc.