Please don't think that I have jumped on the Lyme disease bandwagon and want to blame everything for Lyme disease. What I am about to tell you is the real deal!
I have GA and I received an MS diagnosis last year. (I never was 100% confident about my diagnosis, for various boring reasons that I won't go into here.) Anyway, if I reach back into my history, I can recall getting a bite on my leg in 2005 that was unusually red and round like a bulls-eye. I felt kind of sick with a low grade fever and general malaise at the time, but I thought that I was just allergic to the bite.
Long story short, evidence of the bite stuck around for an unusual amount of time. In the year following getting the bite, I started to develop joint pain in my ankles. (I was tested for RA multiple times and always came out negative.) I also started to develop GA. Then, around 2007, I started developing more health issues, such as neuropathy, light headedness and memory issues. After suffering for a long time (and never thinking that the GA was related to the symptoms), I got an MRI that showed some lesions in the white matter on my brain. Within a short amount of time, I was rushed into a MS diagnosis.
My "MS" symptoms sort of lessoned on their own after a while (without any MS drugs!) and I was able to focus more closely on my GA. That was when I started to notice that my GA was getting worse (and that eating potatoes made it A LOT worse). It is now all over the joints of my body. My elbows and the ankle where I was originally bit are the worst.
I know that Lyme disease has become a sort of "fad" diagnosis, BUT it really isn't a fad in the case of GA. When researchers biopsy GA and look at it under a microscope, they can actually see the bacteria that causes Lyme disease within the tissue.
Check out the report here: http://ibmi.mf.uni-lj.si/acta-apa/acta-apa-08-4/4.pdf
Another report shows how treatment with the same antibiotic regimen that cures leprosy (another nasty bacteria) can heal GA:
My next challenge is to find a doc that will biopsy test me for Lyme and prescribe ROM treatment. I am positive that it will work and I will keep you all posted.
I know this is a terribly frustrating condition and I hope that all of you will find the info that I provided helpful. Please keep me posted and I will do the same.
Know the five types of psoriasis and how to spot flares.
Newer diabetes treatments can suppress appetite and aid weight loss.
Try these tips to get your salivary glands back into action.
Constipation is a common side effect of opioid and narcotic pain medicines.
Is it sensitive skin or something else?