What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the spirochetal bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, so named for its discoverer, Dr. Willy Burgdorfer. Lyme is usually (though not exclusively) transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Bb is a hardy bacteria that can rapidly shed its cell wall or encyst to protect itself from antibiotic attack, making it difficult to treat. If left untreated or inadequately treated, Lyme can turn into a chronic infection which is often complicated by the presence of co-infections, opportunistic infections, environmental factors, and possibly even genetic weaknesses.
What is MSIDS?
MSIDS stands for Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome–a more accurate and inclusive name for chronic Lyme disease and any illness caused or contributed to by the presence of more than one disease-causing organism in the body. Many prefer this moniker to Lyme disease because Borrelia burgdorferi (the original Lyme bacterium) is rarely a lone agent in the seriously ill Lyme patient. It is usually accompanied by one or more co-infections and any number of opportunistic infections.
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
IDSA – Infectious Diseases Society of America
ILADS – International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society
LLMD – Lyme-Literate Medical Doctor
MSIDS – Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome
PTLDS – Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome