as some of you know, i've been pretty messed up health-wise over the past few years & stuggled to get the appropriate treatment as my condition is not recognised very well in the uk.
i collapsed around 3 years ago whilst living china & have been majorly fatigued since, with a page long list of other unpleasant symptoms going on. lyme disease was something that kept coming up due to my symptoms, so i eventually had a test on the NHS which was negative...
i didn't think too much more about the test until a bit later, as it just kept coming up as a possibility. i did a fair bit of research & found that the standard NHS tests for lyme can be negative, even in some of the worst cases of lyme, for several reasons.
with this in mind, i tested privately with a specialist lab in Germany & my test results showed active infection with Borrelia burgdorferi (lyme) & Babesia microti (a malaria-like blood parasite).
i thought yay! finally an answer & now i can get some treatment.. nah, the test results were dismissed as "irrelevant" by the infectious disease dr here.. the test i had is not validated for testing lyme apparently, although it's accepted by doctors overseas.
after a few months of expensive private homeopathic treatment, around a month ago i had another private test to check how things were going - several lyme-related infections were identified from antibody response & Babesia (malaria-like blood parasite) was again indicated as being active.
this test IS validated & i've issued it to my gp, neurologist & it's been forwarded to infectious diseases - still, i've heard fuck all back
anyways.. some of you may be familiar with John Caudwell (billionaire, phones4u guy).
he & his family have been suffering from lyme for years & they were tested using the same lab as me, i think, in Germany.
on Monday, John is making a live announcement on facebook & he has requested support from all lyme patients, families, friends etc. for his proposal. i think this is going to be a strategy for research, better testing & treatment for lyme patients, so many who have basically been left to rot
how can you help? if you have a spare minute or so, you can watch this facebook video / send the template email at the top of the comments section to your local mp & a copy to jeremy hunt.. every email counts & this could go a long way to finally getting this horrible illness recognised by doctors here (i know more about lyme than most doctors i've spoken to in the UK, it's ridiculous) and help the many, many suffering now & the people who will contract this in the future.
so yeah, if you're bored & wanna help, you can have a watch + send an email ♡ thank you
http://www.info.doh.gov.uk/contactus.nsf/memo?openform (Jeremy Hunt email, template can be found in link below, top of the comments section)
https://www.facebook.com/johndcaudwell/ ... f=mentions
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