NHS Blood Test for Early and Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms is not good enough.
NHS blood testing is poor, probably about 50% accurate and that’s being kind. Doctors in the UK seem to be unsure when presented with early symptoms. Lyme disease is a stealth infectious disease that can mimic other illnesses. Initially showing as flu like symptoms. Lyme disease more often than not is misdiagnosed by Doctors. They tend not to treat Lyme disease as a single condition. Concentrating their efforts in the wrong direction.
So, it’s a multiple infectious, multi-layered stealth mimicking disease that gradually deteriorates the sufferer, and more often than not the wrong diagnosis and treatment is given for years – and the NHS test is -50% accurate!
Drs tend to misdiagnose Lyme disease because of how it initially presents itself, for instance, If a patient has no rash then the chances of a doctor thinking it could be Lyme disease is zero, so the chances of a successful outcome diminishes.
Once a conclusion of a Lyme diagnosis reached then Drs will begin treatment for Lyme disease by giving patients courses of Antibiotics. If a Lyme patient is very lucky, finds a Dr who suspects Lyme from the off, and the test comes back Lyme positive, and the Dr gives the right Antibiotic, in the right dose, for the correct timescales, it could ‘cure’ the patient, however this is virtually unheard of.
Most people who have this treatment a few weeks, months or even years after the antibiotic is stopped their symptoms start to return generally worse. This is because the antibiotics do kill Borrelia Burgdorferi, however, when it dies it automatically lays eggs, hence once the antibiotics leaves the system, eggs hatch with even more venom and with a larger population.
Also, the antibiotics have side effects if taken for prolonged periods, and these antibiotic Lyme protocols can go on for months, they will destroy gut bacteria, causing digestive issues. (we will go into more details in treatments and side effects).
If a patient is unlucky (like us, and most other sufferers) the Dr prescribes certain drugs for whatever symptoms present themselves, pain killers, antidepressants, antacids, antibiotics, statins, antiviral etc. This could go on for years, often leading to a worsening condition for the patients.
Number of UK and Global Lyme Disease Cases
It’s very difficult to nail down exact figures, but here in the UK there are officially about 2000-3000 new Lyme disease cases diagnosed each year. (in 2016 Lyme cases in the UK increased by 35%), however there is a large amount of people having independent blood tests and a lot of undiagnosed cases.
The US has around 330,000 new Lyme disease cases per year with literally millions of patients, (between 2005-10 329,000 per year).
But given the poor diagnosis, inadequate testing there could be millions of sufferers worldwide that remain undiagnosed. The figure is rising fast. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Europe there are 360,000 reported new cases each year and from 1982-2012 and there are now over 5 million cases in the USA.
Just to give it some parity, Measles cases in the UK number about 1000 per year, and literally billions have been spent on vaccines to try and prevent it. Most people with measles recover naturally after treatment without any future issues.
Lyme disease patients never recover naturally.
Some Famous people with Lyme Disease
Kris Kristofferson, Daryl Hall, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, Debbie Gibson, Alec Baldwin, Yolanda, Anwar, & Bella Hadid, Kelly Osbourne, Ben Stiller.