LYME & MEMORY/INTELLECTUAL DEFICITS - study

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  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    1: J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2006 Jan;12(1):119-29.

    WAIS-III and WMS-III performance in chronic Lyme disease.
    This study comparing 'normals' to people who definitely have Lyme was very interesting, and also could be helpful to back someone's claim for SSD/SSI.

    I am posting this here because I don't think there's hardly a week that goes by where I don't see someone posting they have come up positive with Lyme...

    and most of you know that my son has chronic/active Lyme, and I probably do too (we have same symptoms, but I am doing the marshall protocol, since I have no health insurance for testing etc).

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    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons,
    Department of Psychiatry, New York, New YorkNew York State
    Psychiatric Institute, Department of Neuroscience, New
    York, New York. (Keilp JG, Corbera K, Slavov I, Taylor MJ, Sackeim HA, Fallon BA.)

    There is controversy regarding the nature and degree of
    intellectual and memory deficits in chronic Lyme disease.

    In this study, 81 participants with rigorously diagnosed
    chronic Lyme disease were administered the newest revisions
    of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III) and
    Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-III), and compared to 39
    nonpatients.

    On the WAIS-III, Lyme disease participants had poorer
    Full Scale and Performance IQ's. At the subtest level,
    differences were restricted to Information and the
    Processing Speed subtests.

    On the WMS-III, Lyme disease participants performed
    more poorly on Auditory Immediate, Immediate,
    Auditory Delayed, Auditory Recognition Delayed,
    and General Memory indices.

    Among WMS-III subtests, however, differences were
    restricted to Logical Memory (immediate and delayed)
    and Family Pictures (delayed only), a Visual Memory subtest.

    Discriminant analyses suggest deficits in chronic Lyme
    are best characterized as a combination of memory
    difficulty and diminished processing speed. Deficits
    were modest, between one-third and two-thirds of a
    standard deviation, consistent with earlier studies.

    Depression severity had a weak relationship to
    processing speed, but little other association to test
    performance. Deficits in chronic Lyme disease are
    consistent with a subtle neuropathological process
    affecting multiple performance tasks, although further work
    is needed to definitively rule out nonspecific illness
    effects. (JINS, 2006, 12, 119-129.).

    PMID: 16433951 [PubMed - in process]
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  2. victoria

    victoria New Member


    bumping up again...
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  4. redsox10

    redsox10 New Member

    Thanks Victoria. My 2 children have Lyme and like you I think I most likely do to. I can not afford testing for myself. Thank you for educating so many about Lyme Disease.