Lyme Disease and Seizures
Lyme is a common cause of seizures and because most of the labs used to test Lyme are documented junk, it is routinely missed. Neurologists use the history of arthritis or a bulls-eye rash, and do not appreciate that most folks never see any rash, and that Lyme has eleven "marks," some tiny and trivial.
It is amazingly bizzarre to watch state medical boards approach modern Lyme Bacteria disease. These lawyer-run state boards with thier uncreative clinician doctors, like in South Carolina, say the labs of some tick specialty centers with solid lab licenses are putting out nothing but "positive results." Which is complete nonsense. Solid Lyme literature shows most labs are poor at detecting Lyme, and this is a serious danger. Lyme is hardly a casual bacteria. It is in the brain, eyes and heart in ten days.
Martin was from Rhode Island and his girlfriend was from Maine. They had something in common. They both had seizures, and met at a neurologist's office. Martin's past roommate mentioned that his dog came up positive with Lyme on a test, and this made him think. Martin bought a textbook on Lyme and Neurology, and found that Lyme can cause seizures. But he had never been tested, which struck him as unusual. He reasoned that if Lyme is the number one vector illness in the USA, whu were not all seizure pateints tested? He was tested by both IgeneX and Bowen and came up positive for Lyme. Later, after 8 weeks of double antibiotics he had a 23 and 39 band come up positive. Each is a fingerprint band. Meaning? The antibody that causes a 23 and 39 are for very specific parts of Lyme -- like the tusks and hose nose of an elephant are specific and unique. They test is showing an antibody made by Martin is now binding to two unique and very specific parts of a Lyme bacteria.
After seven months, Martin was on a trial off his seizure medications, and he has not had a seizure in eight months. He commonly would have had one already. His Lyme positive girlfriend has also been treated. She is considering a trial off her medications also, but her neurologist wants some testing as soon as she comes of her antibiotics and I support him 100%, since a seizure on a flight of stairs or elsewhere can result in injury. Anyone driving with a history of seizures and a positive Lyme diagnosis, should show spike stability before rushing to toss the seizure medications impulsively. But I defer to your neurologist on that one.
It is better to see that the EEG and other tests are showing good signs, and not assume you can quickly or ever stop seizure medications. Err on the side of seizure safety, especially if you drive. But certianly kill your Lyme if you are positive.
To Safe Driving & Good Health!