While people in Connecticut and other New England states understand the dangers of ticks, they are especially wary of Lyme disease. Almost 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease annually. The Center for Disease Control has been widely criticized for their testing procedure that often yields inconclusive results. One man’s experience showed the plethora of problems that can come from the illness, the testing procedure and the medical system.
An associate professor at a Boston college was bitten by a tick while in Spain for work-related business. He developed the traditional bull’s eye rash and additional symptoms of Lyme’s, including headaches, coughing and fever. He cited that the headaches also caused him to experience severe anxiety. He claims that he was not properly treated by medical practitioners for a span of 10 months following the initial infection.
In the U.S., doctors only test for some strains of the disease. If the patient happens to be affected by a different species, the tests will come back negative. By the time a test reveals the presence of Lyme disease, the patient could have already suffered through serious symptoms.
The man returned to Europe to undergo specific testing, which yielded a positive result. However, his doctor in the U.S. did not believe the test results and allegedly refused to prescribe the correct medication. In the meantime, he reports that he could hardly function. He went to other physicians and was incorrectly prescribed another medication, leading to additional health complications. Later, a doctor finally prescribed the medication he needed.
When someone suffers needlessly because of an incorrect diagnosis or failure to prescribe the correct medication, the doctor could be held liable for negligence. A personal injury attorney might file a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of their client.
Source: Medical Daily, “Man’s 10-Month Lyme Disease Stint Exposes Holes, Confusion With Treating It In The US“, Anthony Rivas, July 08, 2014