Posted on May 2, 2016 in Blog |
May 2, 2016 –
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. I am pulling quotes from our about–to-be-released book Lyme Savvy: Treatment Insights for Lyme Patients and Practitioners. I apologize for the delay in its publication. We had planned to be in print by May 1, but my father’s sudden illness and subsequent death pushed back the production schedule.
“Most people who will have an opinion about your condition are often non-physicians, with no medical expertise, who think somehow they are competent to assess you medically and make conclusions based upon that assessment.” – Dr. B. Robert Mozayeni, Lyme Savvy
I love this quote from Dr. Mozayeni. It sums up in just a few words, the idiocy and gall too many people around Lyme patients have. They don’t seem to have the same opinion about patients with cancer or diabetes. But Lyme patients often are seen as malingerers, lazy, over-emotional, deviant drug seekers – or some combination thereof.
It’s not even the point of just seeing a physician. Do you go see an internist for a brain tumor? No, you see a neurosurgeon. You need to be assessed by someone proficient in the field, a specialist who sees Lyme patients every day. Dr. Mozayeni reminds the patients and their families that the only person who should be assessing your medical condition is a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor.
It is also important to ask our physicians to start looking again for causation; not only to give us something to mask the symptoms. This is a key to healing. And too many physicians are being trained in merely resolving symptoms without looking for causation. It seems to be up to the patients to demand that deeper query.
It took me 29 years to find Dr. Mozayeni, to find a physician who acknowledged my symptoms as real, explained their cause and showed me how we would rid my body of this horrible disease.
Remember to keep the reality of your disease based on the assessment given to you by a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD). Ignore what your brother in law, or neighbor, or co-worker might think. They are not the specialists in Lyme Disease.
To find a qualified Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, please visit: http://www.ilads.org/