Differentiating Bartonella Like Organisms (BLO) from Babesia Like Organisms (BabLO) is like looking at shades of gray. They have many of the same symptoms with different intensities. The main difference between the two is that BLO will be more painful. It likes the joints and periarticular areas. The pain migrates, affecting different joints at different times. It is usually unilateral and gets mistaken for arthritis in its intensity.
Keynote for BLO is sensations of pain in the soles of the feet. Headaches are a defining symptom of BLO, as BabLO usually has more head pressure. BLO is not as smart as BabLO, it stays more superficial, affecting skin, and mucous membranes. The skin can have sores like acne, stria, subcutaneous nodules. The skin can have weird sensations like crawling (formication), burning, or other types of neuropathy.
The BLO patient will have low grade sore throat, and gastritis. BLO lives in the liver and spleen. It can cause mildly elevated liver enzymes and lymph node swelling. It can cause all the same cognitive, memory, and mood problems as BabLO but not as extreme. When BLO and BabLO come together these symptoms are additive making for a very impaired patient. BLO patients are more hot, and can have low grade fevers, as BabLO tend to chill.