B.C. announces $2M to study Lyme, chronic fatigue

Excerpted from  CTV  ( Posted: 04/05/2011 ) 

VANCOUVER

— Health officials in British Columbia announced $2 million for a study and new centre that will focus on screening, diagnoses and treatment of patients with fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.

The goal of the study and a new clinic initiated by the Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Services Authority is to accurately diagnose the complicated conditions, and provide treatment and ongoing symptom management to patients.

Ryan Jabs, spokesman for the Health Ministry, said the plan has been in the works for quite some time but was announced now to address recent public concern that the province lacked proper health infrastructure to diagnose and treat patients with chronic illness.

B.C. doctors have been accused of drastically under-diagnosing Lyme disease, in particular, and failing to report the cases that are diagnosed, as required.

In the past many Canadian patients sought treatment for these conditions in the United States, but Jabs said the new centre will educate local doctors on what to look for.

For the complete article: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20110331/lyme-fibromyalgia-fatigue-110331/

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~ by Rob on April 5, 2011.

One Response to “B.C. announces $2M to study Lyme, chronic fatigue”

  1. Heather,
    I am so sorry to hear of your situation. I hear and know many people with very similar stories, including me.

    Dr Rau, the Swiss researcher and Lyne specialist suggests from his findings, that the average person’s immune system is capable of combating LD. But when our immune systems weakens, then thedisease takes over. I think this is why people like you and I have tolerable symptoms for some time and then it becomes torturous. Maybe, getting flu-like symptoms is the catalyst for exacerbating existing Lyme symptoms and not the onset of LD.

    I do believe that antibiotics are the most effective way of combating the disease. But after a while, they do more harm than good (i.e., destroy your immune system and gall bladder; may cause peripheral neuropathy; intestinal problems; etc.) Knowing when to stop is very tricky.

    As far as Lyme research, Columbia University has one of the best research programs.
    http://www.columbia-lyme.org/

    Stay strong, stay optimistic, and never give up,
    Rob

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