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Can you point me to medical ariticles on degenerative spinal disease and lyme?

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Can anyone point me to medical ariticles on degenerative spinal disease and lyme? My "dead hands" tested out normal for carpel tunnel, so neck xrays, and now MRI's are pointing to degenerative spine. Personally, I'd like to try upping to IV's for a while, but I haven't convinced the neuro doc to try it yet. Thot' I'd look for some "backup" materials.


Answer:
Degenerative arthritis T7 thru T10 found on xray for me in 1995. I developed recuring lower back pains within a year of my tick bite of 1978. Doctors in the service ignored my complaints of TMJ arthritis, arthritis of the knee/now knees, for the next three years in addition to the back pains. WHen the arthritis started I was 25. Now, doctors are seriously thinking I may have a little arthritis (its that time of life - going to be 43) so now it's o.k. to take a $25.00 xray or two. But now, since I'm not too young to have arthritis, my arthritis is now attributable to "old age". Besides, I've only had Lyme disease for seventeen years. But: only if ticks that leave behind EM rashes actually cause Lyme disease! In regard to my back problems, one of the reasons i left the service was the total lack of attention to my back problems. They ignored me. My big dissapointment of 1981 thru 1983 was that I could not find a doctor to even take me seriously that I had any problem at all with my back! So after five years of trying to find a doctor with common sensability enough to even "hear" what I was saying, I stopped seeing doctors altogether for ten years!

Last year, I read Herman Beerman, Syphilologist Professor Graduate School of Medicine (Univ of PA at the time - 1954) describe the low back pains as a usual early manifestation (between 1st and fifth year of disease) for the disease syphilis. Totally freaking amazing!!!



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