Show 996: Mystery and Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis (Archive)

people who have had difficulty obtaining an accurate diagnosis of their ailments may feel that their doctors are not taking them seriously. Perhaps if they had degrees MD themselves, imagine, the diagnostic process would be more productive.

a medical mystery

This is not always the case, however. Our guest, Neil Spector, MD, is a distinguished researcher and medical oncologist. But when he came down with troublesome symptoms, doctors he consulted told him he was suffering from stress. No one could understand why her heart beat and so had little energy, but the diagnosis of “stress” followed around. It had to be your own advocate.

Gone in a heartbeat

Years later, doctors discovered that his heart barely worked. Which had been destroyed by Lyme disease had been overlooked completely. He learned that unless he got a heart transplant immediately, which could disappear in an instant.

What can we learn from the successful struggle of Dr. Neil Spector to overcome their misdiagnosis of Lyme disease?

Early Lyme Disease Detection:

Since listening to the description of the difficulty he had with the blood of Dr. Spector to detect infection, there has been some progress in blood tests that can be used for early detection of Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) infection. A team of George Mason University has just announced results .

A multi-university team has also developed a test of multiple antigens that should be useful for early diagnosis ( Journal of Clinical Microbiology , December 2015 ). But for any of these tests are useful, a doctor should suspect Lyme disease and to order the test.

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Neil Spector, MD, is chair Sandra P. Coates in research and breast cancer associate professor of medicine and pharmacology and biology cancer at Duke University. He co-directs the program of experimental therapeutics for the Duke Cancer Institute, and is a scholar Komen. His book is Gone in a heartbeat :. Find a doctor for true healing

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