What do you do if you’re a top Oncologist at a major hospital and you have a life threatening illness, but you have trouble getting your doctors to order the test to confirm the disease you suspect you have?
Dr. Neil Spector suspected he had Lyme disease but had trouble getting most of his doctors to order the test. He actually had to force them to order it. He says they were not even considering Lyme disease as a possible diagnosis. He had the same problems everyone else with Lyme has and that is to get his doctor to take him seriously and to actually consider Lyme as a possible cause of his problems.
If a top Duke Oncologists can get the runaround with his doctors on ordering this particular test then no wonder the average person has trouble! It took him seeing 10-12 doctors before he got the correct diagnosis which is even less runaround than the average Lyme patient gets.
This disease is known as the great mimicker, it’s one of the most misdiagnosed diseases of our time, is largely ignored by mainstream medicine and has recently been dubbed, “The Infectious Disease Equivalent of Cancer” by a doctor who almost died from it. Dr. Neil Spector is a top Duke Oncologist who is the lead researcher in personalized cancer therapies and who experienced a life threatening illness that resulted in a heart transplant and lead to the writing of his book, Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician’s Search for True Healing. He went from running 10 miles a day 6 days a week to barely being able to walk 10 -15 yards without having to stop all in a span of just a few months.
“You can roll over and be a victim and say woe is me or you can go on and live your life the best you can and live each day to its fullest.”
Dr. Neil Spector
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Dr. Spector says that Lyme and Cancer have a LOT in common. I actually had a doctor tell me one time that he’d rather have cancer than Lyme disease. In comparing Lyme to cancer Dr. Spector says just as cancer is not viewed today as one disease neither should Lyme. Both groups of patients should be viewed and treated in a very individualized way. Another thing that these diseases have in common is that they should both be treated as soon as possible. The sooner the better. The third thing they have in common is they both metastasize to other parts of the body. You can look at the chart below for more comparisons.