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GPs advised not to rule out Lyme disease despite lack of tick bite


Cognitive impairment- Does that include giving rambling non-specific useless advice?....Southampton is rather close to the new Forest..... if you look at the serology of those who live in the area, forestry workers to be precise, about 25% are serologically positive for lyme disease, but most will not report arthritis nor going gaga, so mild / asymptomatic disease is likely common. Therefore a positive test might not actually account for the patients symptoms. I spoke to my goldfish to get a think-tank opinion and he said... ' just give em 2 weeks of doxycycline if they live in a high risk area and see what happens. This might avoid 4-6 weeks of a spirochete chewing on your brain if theres a false negative... and if they get better, jobs a good un and you can apply to be on the next series of House, and, if they don't, then its likely not active lyme disease.....might be cheaper than an Elisa test, and save you spending hours on the phone to your local infectious disease consultant trying to get the test organised when he/she is wondering WTF and why this is the 50th test you've sent in this month when theres an influenza outbreak going on. Is this advice sponsored by the manufacturers of the testing kit?

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26 Sep 2017

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