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Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease; A Connection for Many: The Fibro Hope Messenger-August 31, 2007
August 31, 2007

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Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease;
A Connection Every Sufferer Must Investigate

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And now, onto our topic: My thanks to Jaime, who forwarded some information about Lyme Disease to me a while back. She’s discovered that this was her health issue all along. I’ve been investigating Lyme Disease lately and really have learned a lot! Much of what I’ve learned, I wish I had known sooner, as many of you have inquired about a number of these symptoms.

For starters, many people who are eventually diagnosed with Lyme Disease started out with a fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue diagnosis. MS, various forms of arthritis, and numerous digestive disorders are also common first diagnoses that end up being Lyme Disease.

Some amazing facts about Lyme Disease that are now coming forward are:

1) Many types of ticks can carry and spread the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

2) A bull’s eye pattern after initial bite is often not presented or not remembered.

3) Many don’t even remember being bitten by a tick.

4) It is estimated that only 10% of people with Lyme Disease have been diagnosed.

5) Often the whole family will have the disease.

6) Lyme disease can come on rapidly or progress slowly over time.

7) Traditional lab tests are highly inaccurate at diagnosing the disease.

8) Antibiotic treatment must last longer than initially believed—often 12-18 months or more.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease that are very similar to fibromyalgia are:

1) muscle pain
2) roaming pain
3) brain fog
4) loss of concentration
5) headaches
6) stiff neck
7) diarrhea
8) constipation
9) sensitive stomach
10) stiff joints
11) fatigue
12) irritability
13) depression
14) insomnia
15) allergies
16) chemical sensitivities
17) panic attacks
18) you look fine to the outside world

Symptoms that I do not normally associate with Fibromyalgia (but that I know many of you may experience) are:

1) Burning or stabbing sensation
2) Tingling in extremities
3) Unexplained weight gain or loss
4) Unexplained menstrual pain
5) Unexplained breast discharge
6) Unexplained fever
7) Speech difficulty (slow or slurred)
8) Poor balance
9) Increased motion sickness
10) Chest or rib pain
11) Jaw pain
12) Bells Palsy (partial facial paralysis)
13) Shortness of breath, can’t get satisfying breath
14) Bone pain
15) Pain in ears
16) Buzzing, ringing in ears
17) Oversensitive to light
18) Vision problems: blurry, floating spots, peripheral flashes
19) Twitching muscles
20) Tingling tongue
21) Facial flushing
22) Seizures
23) Pressure in head
24) Feels like you are going crazy

A woman named Dana, who has LD, runs a wonderful website called . There are extensive resources on her website and she also writes occasional articles for The only lab that she recommends for LD testing is Igenex . Traditional medical tests are highly inaccurate. Just because you’ve been tested in the past, does not mean that you are free of this disease. And you need to find a doctor who is a Lyme literate medical doctor (LlMD). They understand the tests and the newest treatment protocols that will get you results.

One last note on this subject: Dana wrote an article, which is now off the Internet, but covered a study of 100 patients with Fibromyalgia that were tested for Lyme Disease. Literally every one of them tested positive for Lyme Disease. This is huge. I’m thinking of getting tested myself—even though I feel good most of the time—I still struggle with profound fatigue if I’m not super careful about what I eat and how I take care of myself.

Here I go again, thought of another note: this disease is deadly. People are dying of Lyme Disease. Please find a way to get properly tested.

May God Bless.



Anita Murray

Fibromyalgia Health Coach
Nutritional Consultant

Fibromyalgia Hope, LLC
N3486 Guenther Rd.
Waupun, WI 53963

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