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 Post subject: 3 Stages of Lyme Disease Symptoms & Characteristics
PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:13 pm 
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Stages of Lyme

The following is from conference notes taken by of Dr. Burrascano describing the 3 stages of Lyme page 5 more at this link: ... me2007.pdf

Stages of Illness
Three stages of illness were discussed. Dr. B. noted that something happens to the body after about one year of illness and the immune system breaks down. He suggested the following three categories:
• Stage I – Early Lyme – the time before or when symptoms appear. At this stage, the disease can be entirely cured in many cases with appropriate early intervention. It is a mistake to wait for positive blood tests to start treating. By the time the tests turn positive several weeks after being infected, the disease is much more difficult to treat. On top of that, many people will never get a “positive” test result. It is important to be the most aggressive at this stage since this is the stage that may actually be curable. 4-6 weeks of antibiotics generally recommended. Shorter courses result in higher number of failures. Even at this stage, Lyme has spread to many areas of the body including the CNS.
• Stage II - Disseminated – many body systems are involved and the disease becomes more difficult to treat. May be present even if tests are negative. Dr. B. suggested looking for symptoms that move from place to place and vary over time. Treatment at this stage is generally several months or longer.
• Stage III – Chronic Lyme disease – this is defined as one or more years of infection resulting in the breakdown of the immune system. Dr. B. pointed out that this is the stage where serologic (blood) tests are the LEAST reliable given that most of them are looking for immune response to the antigen (infections) and most people in this stage do not have what it takes to mount any such response. At this stage, the treatment has to be aggressive and of long duration.

“[Lyme disease] is similar to syphilis in that, if left untreated, the disease tends to progress in stages with extended periods where the patient may feel totally asymptomatic.” / “The 20 to 30 year period between primary and tertiary syphilis is the classical statement regarding the chronic condition. In this regard, we already know that certain manifestations of Lyme disease can take up to a decade to develop.”
Benach JL; Coleman JL. Overview of spirochetal infections. In Lyme Disease, ed. Coyle PK. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book Inc., pp.61-68. 1993.

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