FOX47 NEWS - Looking For A Cure

Jeff Angileri
Dec 30, 2007, 9:02 PM

10-year-old Eddie Smith was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, an illness contracted through an infected tick bite, five years ago on a camping trip with his family.

Doctors put him on anti-biotics for 14 days, a treatment they say is usually a cure.

We can cure the disease reliably in the majority of patients, says Doctor Dennis Mackey.

But it didn't cure Eddie.

A year and a half later the symptoms returned.

Sometimes I feel like I'm going to puke and sometimes it's like someone's punching me, says Eddie Smith.

Eddie's mother says her son isn't alone, thousands of others see the symptoms return.

I've definitely heard of people who have been treated and they're symptoms have resolved and they don't have any lingering symptoms but there are a whole slew of people who have similar stories to ours, says Miki Smith.

There is a huge debate about whether or not Lyme Disease can become chronic.

Dr. Mackey says a lot of people are being treated for the disease when they may not have it by so called specialists who use uncertified methods.

I've seen patients who have spent 10 to 20 thousand dollars in prolonged intervening anti-biotics for quote chronic lime disease who got no better, Mackey says.

The Smith family says they're tired of hearing about what doesn't work and what their son doesn't have. They say all they want is answers.

We're not trying to win a debate here on how to treat Lyme. We're just people at it's mercy and so we just want to start a conversation that will be helpful in finding ways to treat it effectively, Miki Smith says.

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