Posted on May 2, 2013 in Blog |
Day 2 – Infections and Co-infections
When people say they have Lyme disease, they may have Lyme, but they more than likely also have one or more of the co-infections of Lyme disease. These include: Bartonella, Babesia, Erlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Mycoplasma, Qfever, Colorado Tick Fever.
In my family, none of us actually has Lyme. We all had Bartonella and Protomyxzoa Rheumatica. But if I start a conversation with people about these two infections, they will give me a blank stare. It’s simpler and easier to start with saying I have Lyme disease.
These are unfortunately mislabeled as ‘co-infections’ when we believe them to be maybe even more common than Lyme disease. Lyme disease is primarily transferred through a deer tick.
The co-infections have been shown to be transferred through cat scratches, fleas, biting flies, and mosquitoes. It has also been proven to be transferable in utero.
None of us in the family had the same symptoms. It was hard to believe that we all had the same infections. Jeff had one strain of Bartonella; I had two; and Stephen had three. All three of us also had the Protomyxzoa Rheumatica. So far, I am the only one who has tested positive for the ‘variant’ of the PR (yet unnamed).
My hope by the end of this month is that every time you hear ‘Lyme,’ your brain will also think of one or more of the following: Bartonella, Babesia, Erlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Mycoplasma, Qfever, Colorado Tick Fever or Protomyxzoa Rheumatica.
And you will know that it is just as important to be tested for the co-infections as it is to be tested for Lyme disease.