Neil Spector, MD, had just moved to Miami from Boston in the early 1990s when he started experiencing fatigue, muscle pain, weight loss and erratic heart beats. Doctors told him it was stress from the move, but Dr. Spector didn’t buy it. “I knew it was something more; I just didn’t know what,” he said.
Eventually Dr. Spector was diagnosed with life-threatening arrhythmias that were brought under control with an implanted pacemaker/defibrillator. His other symptoms continued until Dr. Spector developed arthritis, and was treated successfully with the same drug used to treat Lyme disease.
“I was incredibly relieved to know it wasn’t all in my head,” Dr. Spector said, still clearly frustrated at his doctors’ unwillingness to make a definitive diagnosis at first. “They didn’t treat me for Lyme disease until every one of the tests they needed came back positive.”