In a new video published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) YouTube page about two weeks ago, the federal health agency advises that if being diagnosed with Lyme disease and having received treatment you don’t feel better, get a second opinion because you may not have the tick borne disease.
The video tells the story of Robert, who after being diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease after demonstrating a history of joint pain/stiffness, memory loss, and numbness and tingling in both hands and being treated with long term antibiotics, got worse and not better.
In time, he eventually began to lose sight in his right eye.
Subsequent doctor visits with a neurologist revealed that instead of chronic Lyme disease, Robert had a pituitary tumor.
He now suffers with permanent damage musculoskeletal changes, heart and kidney issues.
The CDC’s message in the video is: If you’ve had treatments for Lyme disease and still don’t feel better, please get a second opinion. An incorrect diagnosis can lead to permanent damage or death.
It is not clear from the video how rare or common situations like this occur.