ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Delayed diagnosis of Lyme disease has devastating effect on patients

Association of lyme disease and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type: Is it inflammation mediated?

Adapt to Stress Naturally with These Power Herbs

Curcumin Made 65X More Bioavailable - Modern Take on a "Golden" Spice Busts Brain Fog, Joint & Body ...

Why So Many Arthritis Sufferers Fail to Find Relief

Discovering Coffee's Unique Health Benefits

Safely Manage Joint Inflammation: Curcumin

Bay Area Lyme Foundation Awards Grant to Harvard Medical School Researchers for Development of an Ac...

Therapeutic program reverses cognitive decline

New Research Substantiates the Anti-Aging Properties of DHEA

 
Print Page
Email Article

Lyme Disease in a British Referral Clinic – Source: QJM, Feb 1, 2011

  [ 4 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By LE Cottle, NJ Beeching, et al. • www.ProHealth.com • February 4, 2012


[Note: the criteria used to diagnose ME/CFS aren't explained, but regardless it's clear from these findings that both Lyme and ME/CFS are very often missed or misdiagnosed, and better ways of identifying and differentiating them are needed.]

Background: Concerns about over-diagnosis and inappropriate management of Lyme disease (LD) are well documented in North America and supported by clinical data. There are few parallel data on the situation in the UK.

Aim: To describe the patterns of referral, investigation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected LD referred to an infectious disease unit in Liverpool, UK. Previous management by National Health Service (NHS) and non-NHS practitioners was reviewed.

Design: Descriptive study conducted by retrospective case notes review.

Methods: Retrospective case notes review of adults referred with possible LD to an infectious disease unit in Liverpool, UK, over 5 years (2006-2010).

Results:
Of 115 patients:

• 27 (23%) were diagnosed with Lyme disease,

• 38 (33%) with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

• And 13 (11%) with other medical conditions.

• No specific diagnosis could be made in 38 (33%).

• At least 53 unnecessary antibiotic courses had been given by non-NHS practitioners;

• 21 unnecessary courses had been prescribed by NHS practitioners.

• Among 38 patients [with CFS], 17 (45%) had been misdiagnosed as having LD by non-NHS practitioners.

Conclusion:

A minority of referred patients had Lyme disease, while a third had CFS.

LD is over-diagnosed by non-specialists, reflecting the complexities of clinical and/or laboratory diagnosis.

Patients with CFS were susceptible to misdiagnosis in non-NHS settings, reinforcing concerns about missed opportunities for appropriate treatment for this group and about the use of inappropriate diagnostic modalities and anti-microbials in non-NHS settings.

Source: QJM (Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians), Feb 1, 2011. Cottle LE, Mekonnen E, Beadsworth MB, Miller AR, Beeching NJ. Tropical and Infectious Disease Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK. [Email: nicholas.beeching@rlbuht.nhs.uk]




Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Vitamins and Supplements

Featured Products

FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium

Natural Remedies

Optimize Your Immune System Naturally: Thymic Protein A Optimize Your Immune System Naturally: Thymic Protein A
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unlocking the Secrets of Peppermint, Acacia and Fennel Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unlocking the Secrets of Peppermint, Acacia and Fennel
Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches – All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories and Guilt Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches – All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories and Guilt
Why Berries Offer a Rainbow of Health Benefits Why Berries Offer a Rainbow of Health Benefits
Complete and Natural Menopause Relief Complete and Natural Menopause Relief

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS Diagnosis
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE  |  PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing