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Ben Stiller Still Waiting for Lyme Disease Test Result

March 25, 2010 04:44:48 GMT

During his trip to Mozambique, Ben Stiller had his knee injured and his doctor says he might suffers from Lyme disease but he will undergo orthoscopic procedure if it is not the tick-bite disease.


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Actor Ben Stiller is anxiously waiting to hear if he has contracted Lyme disease - after badly injuring his knee during a recent trip to Mozambique. The "Meet the Fockers" star traveled to the African country in February as part of his charity work but he was left limping after falling into a muddy ditch while walking through a village.

His left knee became inflamed and he visited a number of doctors to diagnose the problem - but almost a month later, medics have yet to determine the cause of his ailment, despite running numerous tests. He explains, "I was in Africa about three and half weeks ago and I stepped in a ditch in Mozambique."

"It was a hidden ditch, I was in a village and it was full of muddy water and I stepped in it and hyper extended my knee. It got stiff and worse and worse. It was painful, I couldn't really move it too much. I came back to New York, went to a doctor here, they did an MRI (scan), discovered some arthritic elements."

"It got worse, then I went back home to Los Angeles and went to see another doctor, apparently the best knee guy. He looked at it and said, 'You got a lot of fluid there, we gotta drain some of the blood out.' So he stuck a needle in and sucked out the blood. He had this look in his eye and was like, 'This isn't blood.' I said to him, 'What is it?' and he said, 'I don't know.' So they've been doing cultures (tests) on it, they took two more samples. They think it might have gotten infected, they're not sure."

Stiller's mystery injury was so painful it almost forced him to pull out of a scheduled interview with U.S. TV talk show host David Letterman on Tuesday night, March 23. But, after more examinations and tests, Stiller's doctors now believe he may have contracted Lyme disease, an easily treatable inflammatory illness spread through a tick bite which is common on the East Coast of the U.S.

Stiller admits he's been experiencing "little night sweats" as a result of the condition, but he's glad his medical mystery is almost solved - because it means he won't have to undergo invasive surgery. He tells Letterman, "It's actually improved so much in the last 24 hours, but I almost couldn't come (to New York), I didn't get the go ahead (from doctors)... He (his doctor) sent me to a rheumatologist, an infectious rare disease guy, so they do all these tests."

"I got this call at like two o'clock in the afternoon (on Monday). The guy said, 'Have you ever had Lyme disease?' I said, 'No, but I was on the East Coast last summer and my son had Lyme disease.' And he said, 'Well, it's looking like it might be Lyme disease.' He was saying if it wasn't, I'd have to have an orthoscopic procedure, so if it is Lyme disease, I won't have to have the procedure done, which is great."


 




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posted by Pest Control 3 on Sep 12, 2013
Once disseminated, lyme is NOT "easily treatable"! The are many species of borrelia, which is a crafty shape-shifting organism that is designed to evade the immune system. Our mainstream medical people- the "best" in the field- are maddeningly uninformed and many people remain sick unto death because of borrelia and realated co-infections. Stiller should get to Yolanda Foster's doctor in Holland and stay away from our arrogant bunch of "specialists".
posted by lymeishell on Oct 11, 2010
Having late Lyme disease makes "life" a living hell. That's why some people with Lyme disease commit suicide. Regular doctors treat you like absolute garbage. They have no clue at all and don't care to have a clue bc most of them are arrogant asses. Thank God for Lyme doctors in the U.S. and Germany as well. Life with Lyme is a living hell. Based on my experience, I can tell you that nothing you read online comes across as an exaggeration, when it comes to how horrible people with Lyme disease are treated by most of the medical community and when it comes to the hellish daily years of pain that destroy your body, mind, and soul. My heart goes out to everyone and their families who are battling Lyme. And thank you to the Lyme doctors who do help.
posted by Pattycakes7567 on Sep 21, 2010
Lyme disease plagued me and made my life a living hell. I thought I was going to die. BUT praise be to God, I am alive and well. No more lyme disease. I took the antibiotics, ate a clove of garlic a day, took whole food vitamins, took very hot steamy baths in apple cider vinegar (a couple of caps full) and drank some too (about a table spoon a day and prayed, prayed, prayed! I had a husband, two young children and a disabled mother, who needed me. I am so glad that God heard my plea.
posted by pete on Jun 27, 2010
Lymes Disease early detected IS easily treatable...if caught LATE, it is much harder to cure...but if I stepped in a ditch in Mozambique(probably sewer), I would be thinking that it could be much worse disease.
posted by Helen on May 10, 2010
"rather have Lyme than arthroscopic surgery" Oh my lord, i dont think he knows anything about lyme.. But his doctors sure workes fast?! Some have to wait even years before they found out what hit them! If that was what he really said "rather have Lyme than arthroscopic surgery" it makes me wonder if someone mightve paid him to fake having lyme..Someone that believes that it really is an easy disease and wants the world to think so to! Ive never heard anyone with lyme, including my self, ever referred to the illness as something you rather have!!
posted by kurthaley on Apr 29, 2010
I need that doctors name also! EASY TO TREAT BLA BLA BLA!!!!!
posted by pitstop on Apr 18, 2010
We travel from the UK to consult your marvellous LLMD's.Their expertise, dedication and humility needs to be recognised.They are the epitome of America's greatness, be proud of the work they do, we along with thousands of others , would be in dire straits without them.God Bless America, Sincerely.
posted by pja on Mar 29, 2010
My sister has been suffering from lyme's disease for several years now. She was only correctly diagnosed 2 years ago. This is not an easy to cure disease. Infact, it is chronic and disabling due to all the co-infections that come along with it. I can only hope that the reporters who wrote this article, and Ben Stiller himself, will become more informed about this serious diesease.
posted by luckieme on Mar 27, 2010
Sound like Ben Stiller needs to talk to a LLMD and get the facts before he speaks out. I would think since he says his son has it that he would be better informed. Hopefully they caught his sons very very early on. This is like saying cancer is better than surgery! I have had 5 surgeries and I would rather do that again than battle the lyme and its coinfections that I have been battling for almost 2 years.
posted by Superheather on Mar 26, 2010
Night sweats? Sounds like Ben Stiller might have Babesia. That is the co-infection I have. I am getting better after months of anti-malarials. I am glad a celebrity is in the news for Lyme, but these reporters. writers better get their facts straight. Late stage Lyme Disease is a monstrous disease to have and fight and sure isn't "Easy"
posted by superheather on Mar 26, 2010
I am outraged by the lack of knowledge about Lyme Disease written here. LD is not an "easily treatable inflammatory illness". If you do a 10 minute Google search you might draw this conclusion. If not treated right away, Lyme Disease is a crippling, complex, hard to treat disease!
posted by Lyme on Mar 25, 2010
Lyme disease is a serious illness that is NOT easily treated, even in its early stages. Not only do you have to worry about Lyme, but other serious infections like, Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasmas, and other tick-borne infections. Whoever wrote this article is greatly misinformed about the gravity of Lyme disease and other co-infections. Lyme disease is not just common on the east coast of the US, but the west, mid-west, north and south. I hope this article brings to light the controversy of treating Lyme and other tick-borne infections in this country.
posted by txlymesucker on Mar 25, 2010
Who said thay Lyme disease was easy to treat? Maybe I need to see that doctor. (Sarcasm)

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