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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 16, Issue 6, Pages 325-328
Adult Infectious Disease Notes

Lyme Disease: Is It or Is It Not?

BL Johnston1 and JM Conly2

1Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medicine, and Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Received 7 November 2005; Accepted 7 November 2005

Copyright © 2005 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This past summer, Lyme disease was the topic of a Focus section in the Globe and Mail (1). In this section, the reporter described her experience of having physicians unable and then unwilling to diagnose her symptoms of "skin on fire, dizziness and chest pains, twitching muscles, and trouble keeping balance" as Lyme disease following a tick bite three years previously on Prince Edward Island. She reported finding support for her diagnosis after obtaining a positive test from a California laboratory and after seeing approximately 20 physicians. In her article, she speaks to the controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, and the tension it creates between those who believe they have it and the physicians they see.