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Case Histories

 

These case histories were compiled from the patient charts of Dr. Murakami while he was in practice and still treating for Lyme. All names have been left out to protect patient and doctor identities.

  

Patient A

This patient was ill for 10 years with severe pains, arthritis, and cognitive dysfunction. Went undiagnosed by many specialists.

Saw Dr. Murakami in 2002 and a clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease was made. This diagnosis was substantiated by a test from an American lab which indicated antibodies for Borrelia burgdorferi.

Patient was initially treated with oral antibiotics, without too much success. Was then referred to an Infectious Disease Specialist who gave IV-therapy for three months. Patient then improved quite dramatically after the IV-therapy and is now back to normal life physicially and mentally.

 

Patient B

This patient had been sick for seven years and had seen many physicians in Ontario, US, and BC. Dr. Murakami first saw patient in 1999 and a clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis was made.

The medication was intially by the oral route, but there was the constant recurrence of symptoms whenever the medications were discontinued.

Babesiosis was suspected and this was confirmed in New York and following the treatment with appropriate medications this patient made a remarkable recovery to this present day.

  

Patient C

This patient was bitten by a tick in the Okanagan and shortly after developed severe physical and mental dysfunction.

After many investigations and tests Lyme disease was confirmed at the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Patient was then referred to an Infectious Disease Specialist, who administered one month of IV therapy. ID specialist stated that the Lyme disease was more than adequately treated despite the fact patient continued to have severe pains and cognitive dysfunctions, requiring narcotics and anti-depressants.

On the regular visits to the Infectious Disease doctor, the patient was told that all that could be done, had been done and any persistent symptoms was post Lyme syndrome.

Dr. Murakami saw this patient three years after intial therapy and then referred them to another Infectious Disease Specialist who agreed to give the full three months of intravenous therapy.

This patient suffered for three years of a "living hell" and was known to have stated that suicide was considered if it weren't for family commitments.

The patient has since returned to normal health and to work full time and is enjoying family life again.

  

Patient D

This patient was ill for many years and had seen countless specialists and doctors. Unable to work in any capacity.

Family physician ordered a test from an American laboratory, confirming acute Lyme disease. MRI of the brain was done which showed lesions. Follow up lesions during treatment was indicative of increasing numbers.

Prior medications were taken orally for short periods of time and did not improve clinical condition. Dr. Murakami referred this patient to an Infectious Disease Specialist who gave 30 days of IV-therapy as indicated by IDSA Guidelines.

However, in view of the evidence indicating inadequacy of treament from clinical signs and other investigations, the full complement of 90 days was provided by two other Infectious Disease doctors.

Patient has since fully recovered and has since produced a beautiful family that was never a consideration prior.

 

Patient E

This patient was diagnosed with Lyme diseaes in 1985 while in California. Was seen by many physicians and for 14 years was never completely symptom free. Eventually had to leave career.

Dr. Murakami first saw patient in June of 2003 and started them on oral long-term antibiotic therapy. Since there was only partial recovery from illness prior, patient was then referred to and Infectious Disease Specialist who administered six weeks of IV-therapy and subsequent oral medication was continued for a total of 11 months.

Patient at time of this case history was off medication for two years and was able to return to career and enjoy life again.

  

Patient F

This patient was bitten by an insect in 1995 and was diagnosed with ringworm where bite mark was.

There was a rapid deterioration of health both mentally and physically and patient could not continue on path of research student at their university of study.

Patient saw many specialists including three Infectious Disease specialists and there was not one mention of Lyme disease. Patient was eventually told it was all mental and was prescribed prozac under the supervision of a psychiatrist.

Dr. Murakami first saw patient in March 2002 and intiated oral antibiotics and since there was minimal limited response the intravenous route was advised.

Was referred to an Infectious Disease Specialist who gave six weeks of IV-therapy with moderate improvement in 2002. Another Infectious Disease doctor gave further eight weeks of IV-therapy with some benefit.

Patient did have some improvement with quality of life and was able to do more activities and recently was able to start a family.

  

Patient G

This patient was bitten by an insect in 2003 in Holland and developed severe mental and physical discomfort and dysfunction.

Patient was seen by Dr. Murakami in 2004 and a clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease was made and as well a clinical diagnosis of Babesiosis.

The response to oral medications was excellent initially, but there was a deterioration of symptoms. Patient was then referred to an Infectious Disease Specialist who ordered IV medications which helped considerably.

The suspicion of Babesiosis was treated appropriately with medications and patient made a complete recovery. Patient has now been off medications for 4 years (at time of case history).

  

Patient H

Patient was infected in California in 1992 after a tick bite. Was unable to continue working in profession and was on disability pension.

There had been many specialists who had seen this patient, including Infectious Disease doctors, Neurologists, Endocrinologists, Ophthalmologists and other physicians. 

Patient was seen by Dr. Murakami in August 2003 and a clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease was made. Oral antibiotics were initiated and since there was very little response, patient was referred to an Infectious Disease specialist who administered IV-therapy for three months. Patient recovered rapidly and was enjoying  better quality of life and was looking forward to returning to their profession. (at time of case history)

  

Patient I

This patient was from Edmonton and had many problems. Patient was investigated by University Hospital with no definitive diagnosis being made, after complete and thorough testing.

Dr. Murakami saw patient in 2003 and multiple tests were ordered, including tests for the co-infections of Lyme disease.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Bartonella came back positive indicating an old past infection.

A clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease was made and medications were initiated orally in combinations of antibiotics.

With help of a specialist in Edmonton, the patient was given prolonged antibiotics and steadily improved.

Patient recently attended Dr. Murakami's retirement party and was not recognized as the improvement was very dramatic.

  

Patient J

This patient was from Alaska and was disabled with severe fatigue, arthritis and cognitive dysfunction for over the last 20 years of their life. Many specialists and no definitive diagnosis was established, despite all the investigations conducted.

This patient saw Dr. Murakami in 2006 in Vancouver and a diagnosis of Lyme disease and subsequent Babesiosis was made.

With the cooperation of the patient's family physician, medications were initiated for both of these conditions and patient had a prolonged but successful improvement with major increase in all mental and physical activities.

Patient was off all medications since January 2008 without any recurrence of symptoms.

  

Patient K

This patient was a medical professor at a Canadian university and was severely disabled for over three years. Was seen by many specialists in Toronto, Ontario.

Patient was incapacitated both mentally and physically and was confined to a wheelchair when Dr. Murakami saw them in March 2007.

Patient's tests were negative for Lyme in Canada, but positive from a State Health Board approved laboratory in the USA.

A clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease was made and oral antibiotics were prescribed. After five weeks of antibiotic therapy the patient was able to walk again.

After 3 months the patient was able to carry on conversation and multi-task, which was completely impossible prior to therapy.

Dr. Murakami saw the patient the spring of 2008 and looked the picture of health.

  

Patient L

This patient was working when they suddenly experienced general debility and poor health in 1999.

Patient was seen by many physicians and no diagnosis was established. All hope of living a normal life was abandoned by this patient as they were told they had only a few years left to live.

Patient was seen by Dr. Murakami in April 2008 and the diagnosis of clinical Lyme disease was made. An equivocal test from the government approved USA lab helped to confirm the diagnosis..

Quality of life was very poor and there was desperation in the request to have therapy as soon as possible. This was initiated.

Dramatic improvement in conditions were seen after 7 months of therapy and patient stated they felt 95% better.

Patient did not restart medications and improvement has continued to be gradual.