Many battle Lyme disease

In response to: Lyme sufferer continues to battle for diagnosis, Apr. 27, 2011, Sooke News Mirror.

I got Lyme disease in Sechelt, in September 1997.

I was crippled with fatigue, joint pain and shortness of breath so bad I was on two different puffers for the last six years. I was doing a weekly injection for rheumatoid arthritis for the last three years. I just kept getting sicker.

Last year I sent my blood to IGENEX labs in the U.S.A. it came back positive for Lyme disease . I began treatment in the United States last August. Two weeks after I began treatment I woke up and could breath again. I haven’t used the puffers since. My joint pain improved to about 10 per cent of what it used to be. I stopped the weekly injections and Tylenol 3’s last fall.

I can’t find anyone in Canada who can answer my three questions. I contacted my MP John Duncan, Health Canada and Centre for Disease Control in B.C.. Here are my three questions .

1. Why do I have to go to the United States to get diagnosed and treatment for Lyme disease? (At my own cost.)

2. Why can’t we train Canadian Doctors to diagnose and treat chronic Lyme disease ?

3. Why can’t we get a proper test for Lyme disease in Canada? (The ELISA test is a joke.)

Do you know anyone in Canada who can answer these questions? Thank you .

Bill Dixon

Campbell River

 

Just Posted

School strike: SD63 says grade 12 students ‘will not lose their graduation year’

Parents, students concerned about educational impact of CUPE 441 strike

Population growth on West Shore strains wait lists for family services

Funding not keeping pace with demand at Pacific Family Services Association

Cineplex to show free holiday movies to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Community Day will be on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m at select theatres

Sno’uyutth Day returns, this year celebrated at The Oaks

Songhees’ Florence Dick to speak about reconciliation

West Shore RCMP arrest man accused in Port Renfrew theft, Duncan fraud

Man charged after $300 in fraudulent charges, two phones and wallet stolen

WATCH: Sooke’s top stories

A round-up of this week’s top stories

Birthday boy: Pettersson nets 2 as Canucks beat Predators

Vancouver ends four-game winless skid with 5-3 victory over Nashville

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

WATCH: Sooke’s top stories

A round-up of this week’s top stories

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

Most Read