"Seeking treatment for Lyme Disease"
About: Queen Alexandra Hospital / Accident and emergency Queen Alexandra Hospital Accident and emergency Portsmouth PO6 3LY
Posted by Preventable15 (as ),
Admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital with rash flu like symptoms extreme headache photo sensitivity. Suspected meningitis. Kept in overnight IV steroids given, discharged next day possible virus. Readmitted 10 days later worsening symptoms. Promised to have photos taken of rash and skin scraping but doctor went off duty and did not make entry into notes. Kept in for five days given paracetamol. Family suspected lyme disease and asked to check. However, patient woken up at 2am and asked have they visited the New Forest, when answered no nothing further done. Sent home. That was over 4 years ago and now has chronic lyme and having to seek treatment in USA. If doctors were trained sufficiently to recognise these clinical symptoms this could have been prevented and the disease cured in the early stages. The blood test taken was too early for any antibody response. PHE states that lyme disease can clinically assessed without waiting for blood tests. The blood tests are unreliable.