Dr. Can you please tell me, my brother has been being treated for Chronic Lyme Disease for the past 3 years. It has affected his Neurological system. He's had seizures, and has sweats constantly. He only sweats from the shoulders up. But it is excessive. He's had many tests, brain spec, spinal tap and monthly blood tests. He was on IV antibiotics for about a yr and a half. Now being treated orally. His Lyme Dr said that he had been misdiagonised for many years. He was on very strong pain med's such as Oxi cotin and Oxi codine for about 5 years due to a back surgery and then the joint pain from the Lyme Disease. He is now off of all Oxi's on Suboxin (please excuse the spelling). He has had lump appear and go away over the years now he is being tested for NHL. He went to an Oncologist due to these lumps. Now the Lyme Dr has also mentioned this XMRV Disease. He is giong to have a biopsy done so the tissue is going to be tested for XMRV. Can one person have all of these Diseases at once or due to them all affecting your Autoimmune system can they all be misdiagnosed? What is the treatment for XMRV? And what causes this? Can it be brought on from one of the other Diseases?
XMRV is one of several viruses and bacteria that are often present in chronic Lyme Disease. Although the XMRV virus is the subject of many recent studies, it is still not known if this virus actually causes disease or is just a bystander. More likely it acts like its cousins, the other retroviruses, in causing immune dsyfunction, rather than causing directly signs and symptoms.
If untreated for long periods of time, chronic Lyme patients collect many pathogenic infections, in addition to the multiple infections that could have taken hold at the inception of the disease. Thus in addition to Borrelia burgdorferi, the main infection in Lyme, often patients are also infected with Bartonellla, Mycoplasma, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and other pathogenic infections.
In this case, it is likely that many posible co-infections are causing the severity in signs and symptoms. These need to be identified, because some of them, such as Mycoplasma fermentans, are associated with carcinogenesis and promotion of cancer in animals, and this co-infection is found in a majority of Lyme patients.
The co-infections someimes require slightly different treatments than Borrelia b., so it is better to have an idea which co-infections might be present.
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