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Chelsey Livingstone and her mom, Angela Rector, organize the many pills Chelsey needs each day as she battles Lyme disease. It’s a costly process that could take from one to three years. Jennifer Vardy Little – The News
Published on May 26, 2011

 

Mom blames poor tests that failed to diagnose Lyme disease

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Department of Health , Sutherlands River , Ontario , Port Hawkesbury

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – For 8 1/2 years, Angela Rector brought her daughter to doctor after doctor, looking for answers.

Chelsey Livingstone, 11, lives in pain. She describes joints that ache so badly it keeps her up at night and a sharp pain in her stomach.

“It feels like someone’s stabbing me in my belly,” she says softly.

From the time she was a small child, she’d call out to her mother as she lay in bed at night, and in the time it took Rector to get across the hallway, she’d find Chelsey lying there, staring unresponsively at the ceiling with blue lips. Doctors thought she had epilepsy at first, but ruled that out, instead calling the nightly events “episodes.”

Doctors didn’t believe Chelsey when she said how bad the pain was, either.

“You know how they always ask how bad the pain is on a scale of one to 10? She’d say a 15, and they said that was impossible,” said Rector.

She was tested for rheumatoid arthritis, bladder infections, Crohn’s and irritable bowel, but all the possibilities were rejected. Eventually, says Rector, physicians at the IWK suggested it was all in Chelsey’s head and gave her a book on ways to cut back her stress levels.

Rector wasn’t willing to give up, however. All along, she begged the doctors to consider Lyme disease. When Chelsey was just 2 1/2, the family was living in Borden, Ont., and Rector believed her daughter had been bitten by a tick.

See Story here:

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2011-05-26/article-2538390/Child’s-illness-mystifies-doctors/1

written by Dr. C. Ben Boucher, BSC, MD

What has happened over the past 20 years in the United States, and for a shorter time in Canada, regarding Lyme disease reminds me of what I have experienced in both wellness and chelation therapy. The hesitancy to diagnose and treat, the development of overly strict guidelines, and the intimidation of those who who suspect and would like to treat infections is like déjà vu.

This presentation is intended to inform the public, physicians and media about what I have learned regarding tick-borne diseases. My education has come from articles, books, a workshop by ACAM, and a conference by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). More importantly, my education has resulted from listening in great detail to many patients whose lives have been affected by these infections

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http://thewellnesscentre.com/PressReleases.aspx

 

Undiagnosed outbreak

AMHERST – Joy Gould believes physicians need to become more aware of Lyme Disease.

The 51-year-old Amherst woman has finally learned she has the disease and may have had it since she was 10.

“For nearly four decades I have suffered not only excruciating physical symptoms but have paid socially and emotionally as well,” said Gould. “Lyme disease, and the failure to diagnose and treat it, has deprived me of the opportunity to have a healthy family life, a career and the ability to secure a retirement and simply enjoy a good quality of life.”