Thursday, July 31, 2008
I have a patient who developed frightening symptoms of Parkinson's disease while on anti-Lyme therapy. I took her off antibiotics and she got better. By the time she saw the neurologist she was better so he called it psychogenic. She was then able to tolerate lower doses of antibiotics with the symptoms returning. Michael J Fox got Parkinson's after a bout of Lyme disease. I have several other patients who have developed Parkinson's, at a young age, apparently from Lyme disease. I have found that treatment is of little help. Patients may stabilize but they do not improve once the disease has progressed. Parkinson's is associated with damage to a part of the brain called the substantia nigra in the basal ganglia, a deep part of the brain's white matter. Once the damage is done the disease is permanent. Apparently if the disease is treated very early, as in this case, Parkinson's may be prevented. Comments are welcomed.