Lyme- Multiple Systemic Infectious Diseases Syndrome (MSIDS)
Symptom complex of Lyme disease and multiple associated tick born co-infections
This includes the bacteria responsible for Lyme, Borrelia burgdorferi as well as other bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal infections
Lyme is the #1 vector transmitted disease and the #2 infectious disease (behind only chlamydia which is an STD) in the U.S. Lyme has been traditionally epidemic in the Northeast and upper Midwest U.S., but its prevalence appears to be increasing in other, less traditional epidemic areas in the U.S.
The Lyme action network has listed six signs to watch for if you suspect a tick born infection.
- You have more than one symptom commonly associated with Lyme (See questionnaire below)
- You have good days and bad days
- The pain intensity and location changes and moves all over the body. In Fact, a classic trait of Lyme disease is the migratory nature of the pain intensity and pain location. The pain can effect joints, muscles, and/or the nerves. Many patients notice that different parts of the body can be affected on different days i.e. severe joint pain in the right shoulder may last for a day, then the pain moves to the ankles or wrists and burning pain may be noticed in a forearm only to move to the thighs.
For women, symptoms may worsen either right before, during or after your menstrual cycle. In other words, Lyme symptoms change according to the fluctuation of sex hormones.
- Symptoms may improve when taking antibiotics for other infections. However, for some, symptoms may intensify abruptly in what is called a Jarish – Herxheimer reaction. A Jarish – Herxheimer reaction is the result of the body’s immune system reaction to dead and dying Lyme bacteria which temporarily worsens symptoms.
- Positive blood tests that confirm Lyme and possibly other co-infections
If “multiple overlapping factors exist, MSIDS could be the underlying reason for keeping a patient chronically ill.”
— Richard Horowitz
It has been estimated that 300,000 new cases of Lyme are diagnosed annually. Lyme has proven to be a difficult infection to diagnose. During the first 4-6 weeks after a tick bite, the diagnostic blood tests may not be reliable. This delay in test reliability is due to a slowed antibody response of which the diagnostic tests measure and poor sensitivity and specificity of currently available commercial tests. Beyond the acute phase of infection, the diagnosis difficulty is primarily the result of the very complex nature of the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Borrelia burgdorferi appears to be able to exist in different forms:
- Spirochete (classic form known to science)
- Covered in biofilm to become invisible to antibiotics and the immune system
- Persister cells
For many, the journey for a diagnosis and for treatment is a long, difficult, and arduous one. Most that will eventually be diagnosed with Lyme accumulate numerous other diagnosis’. These include:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Richard Horowitz, MD, a renowned Lyme expert, has devised an excellent scientifically-validated symptom questionnaire. This questionnaire is not a diagnostic tool but rather helps to identify people with possible overall multi-system involvement from Lyme. At Seasons Wellness, we use Dr. Horowitz’s guidelines, in addition to a detailed patient history, to help identify those with suspected Lyme infection that may benefit from further evaluation.
At Seasons, our goal is to find the root cause of each individual’s symptoms and then to restore the body to its optimal level of health. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms or have questions, let us help you begin your journey health restoration journey by calling our office to today!