What is CVID?
Entering my eighth year of complete disability due to chronic Lyme disease, I have skimmed over the term CVID never realizing that it was part of my diagnosis!
For those of you who have CVID in addition to your Lyme and/or co-infections, and who have been turned down by Social Security Disability using Lyme disease as your primary illness, CVID may be the key to gaining financial help with the government.
CVID, Common Variable Immunodificiency, is defined as follows by Wikipedia:
“CVID is shown to be a genetically determined primary immune defect; however, the underlying causes are different. The result of these defects is that the patient doesn’t produce sufficient antibodies in response to exposure to pathogens. As a result, the patient’s immune system fails to protect them against common bacterial and viral (and occasionally parasitic and protozoan) infections. The net result is that the patient is susceptible to illness.
In CVID, the B cells are affected. In severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a more severe condition than CVID, diagnosed in infancy, both parts of the immune system (the cellular and humoral system) are affected, hence its classification as a combined immunodeficiency.
CVID appears to include a number of defects, some of which have been identified. For the majority, the genetic causes are still unknown.
It is possible that environmental agents or a virus provoke the immune defect, due to genetic predisposition, but this has not been clarified.”
Have you had a CD57 blood test? Was it below 60? Than you have CVID too! Although in our case, it is most likely NOT genetic but due to chronic Lyme disease which has caused our immune system to weaken over time.
This is why many LLMDs recommend IVIG infusions, which I had for many months and began to feel somewhat better, however, as soon as the fresh source of immunoglobulins were stopped my system dropped back to previously low levels (over time).
In my experience, I would recommend that if you choose to have the IVIG treatment, that you combine it with other natural immune system builders and viral protection (such as Propax NT), attack the underlying infections and biofilms with Samento and Banderol (as per Dr. Evi Sapi’s research – see http://lymediseaseresource.com/wordpress/new-biofilm-research-continues-to-prove-chronic-lyme-disease/ or http://www.townsendletter.com/July2010/sapi0710.html ) and Smilax to remove the neurotoxins safely from your body.