This article is from the Lyme Disease
FAQ, by Milo7
Autoimmune disease: a disease in which the body's defense system
malfunctions and attacks a part/parts of the body itself rather than
BBB (Blood Brain Barrier): a membrane that controls the passage of
substances from the blood into the central nervous system.
CFIDS (also CFS, ME): Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome; Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
CSF: Cerebrospinal fluid, the colorless liquid, consisting partially of
substances filtered from blood and partially by secretions released from
brain cells, that circulates around and through the cavities of the brain
and spinal cord.
CNS: Central nervous system.
Cytokines: powerful chemical substances secreted by T cells. Cytokines are
an important factor in the production of inflammation.
Demyelination: Damage caused to myelin by recurrent attacks of
inflammation. Ultimately results in nervous system scars, called plaques,
which interrupt communications between nerves and the rest of the body.
Encephalopathy: Changes in mood, memory, and sleep.
Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs): Antigens, tolerated by the body, that
correspond to genes that govern immune responses. Also known as major
Immunogobulin E (IgE): a class of immunoglobulin that function especially
in allergic reactions.
Immunogobulin G (IgG): an antibody-containing substance produced by human
plasma cells in diseased central nervous system plaques.
Immunogobulin M (IgM): antibodies that appear early in the immune response
to be replaced later by IgG.
LLMD (Lyme-literate MD): a doctor educated about Lyme disease
OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Paresthesias: Abnormal sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and