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Re: ALS or MS?
Mar 1, 2007
Hi Clare. I think all possibilities should be considered, including Lyme disease. Lyme is known as the great imitator because the symptoms can mimic those of other diseases like MS, ALS, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia.

Lyme disease is the second fastest growing infectious disease in the US and the number one vector-borne disease in the country. Even the CDC, who is not up to date on tick-borne illnesses, estimates the number of cases is ten times the number reported. It is very prevalent; however, nothing is being done to educate the public and medical community. People often become much sicker because it takes so long to get diagnosed.

To rule out or confirm Lyme disease, it is very important to see a knowledge-able doctor. No test is completly reliable, and results can vary by lab. It is my understanding that the ELISA or titer is the least reliable and the one most doctors run first.

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