Lyme Disease or GERD

Majid Ali, M.D.

An Odd Question That Raises Revealing Inquiry


A fifty-year-old woman was treated Lyme disease with antibiotics and later developed disabling fatigue, muscle soreness, abdominal bloating, GERD-gastritis complex, and mood changes. She consulted me after several months of persistent symptoms. Within months she made good progress and nearly returned to her pre-Lyme state.

A few years later, she returned with relapse of her many symptoms after severe family and business stresses. Again she recovered within several weeks. Some months passed and she returned and said,

“I had severe neck muscle pain, lower abdominal bloating, and upper abdominal pain. I didn’t know whether it was Lyme or GERD. I didn’t know what to do?”

“Did you the stuff that helped you before?”

“No, because I didn’t know what it was.”

“But you knew what the problems were and what worked before, didn’t you?” I pressed.


Three Questions

What do you think she should have done if she had relapse of Lyme disease recurrence?

What do you think she should have done if she had relapse of GERD-gastritis complex?

How might raising the above questions might have helped?


Next Questions

What good or harm could have been done if she had treated herself with GERD-gastritis remedies which had helped her before for three to five days?

What good or harm could have been done if the use of antibiotics was deferred for three to five days?

How did people survive after they were bitten by deer ticks before the early 1970s when the Lyme microbe (spirochete) was discovered?


do you think she should have done if she had Lyme disease recurrence?

What do you think she should have done if she had Lyme disease recurrence?


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