For chronic Lyme Disease patients, frustration, but new hope – WFXT 02-08-2018


MEDFIELD’S DRINKING SYSTEM IN 2016. BY LAW THE CITY HAS UNTIL 2019 TO COMPLETE THEIR REVIEW. FOR PATIENTS WITH SYMPTOMS YEARS AFTER BEING TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS IT IS VERY REAL. JIM MORELLI DUG INTO THE LATEST RESEARCH TO FIND OUT WHY SYMPTOMS LINGER AND WHAT IS BEING DONE. I REMEMBER HAVING A TICK BITE AND HAVING A RASH. Reporter: SHE DIDN’T WORRY MUCH ABOUT THE DIAGNOSIS AT THE TIME. IF YOU HAD IT YOU WOULD JUST TAKE A FEW WEEKS OF ANTIBIOTICS AND EVERYTHING WOULD BE FINE. Reporter: BUT ABOUT THREE YEARS AFTER THAT TICK BITE SHE DEVELOPED EXTREME FATIGUE AND ACHY JOINTS. THE FIRST SIGNS EVERYTHING WOULD NOT BE FINE. MENTAL FOGGINESS CAME LATER. SO PROFOUND COLLEEN WAS FORCED TO LEAVE HER JOB AND PROLONG PLANS TO GO TO COLLEGE. I ENDED UP WITH MY PARENTS. Reporter: SHE’S EXPERIENCING POSTTREATMENT LYME DISEASE SYNDROME OR PTLCS. THAT’S A WAY TO CHARACTER EVEN AFTER PROPER TREATMENT PATIENTS CAN STILL PRESENT SYMPTOMS. Reporter: THE TREATMENT IS AN ANTIBIOTIC. BUT UP TO 20% OF PATIENTS RESPOND POORLY TO THOSE REGIMENTS AND GO ON TO DEVELOP CHRONIC SYMPTOMS. WE HAVEN’T REALLY DONE THE RESEARCH TO FIGURE OF THE WHAT’S GOING ON IN THESE PATIENTS. SOME OF THOSE SPIROKETES SURVIVE. AT NORTH EASTERN UNIVERSITY, DR. NORRIS IS WORKING TO DEVELOP BETTER TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LYME DISEASE SYNDROMES. IT’S A POTENTIAL THAT SOME TOXINS REMAIN IN THE BODY. Reporter: BUT THEY’RE LOOKING INTO WHETHER THE ANTIBIOTICS — HIS TEAM OF RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING ON A TREATMENT HOPEFULLY REDUCE THE SYMPTOMS. HUMAN TRIALS ARE SET TO START SOON.
GOOD GIRL. THIS WAY. THE PUSH FOR ANSWERS GIVES PTLDS SUFFERERS LIKE COLLEN DONOVAN HOPE. I CAN SIT HERE AND FEEL BAD FOR MYSELF OR KEEP TRYING TO GET BETTER. THAT’S WHAT I DO. I JUST KEEP SEARCHING, TRYING TO GET MY LIFE BACK. NORTH EASTERN RECEIVED A $1.5 MILLION GRANT TO STUDY TREATMENT OF CHRONIC LYME SYMPTOMS. IN ADDITION TO HUMAN TRIALS PLANNED, RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING ON A CONTRACT TO WIPE OUT THE LYME BACTERIA IN MICE.

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