CHRONIC LYME DISEASE AWARENESS

 

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LYME DISEASE AWARENESS

I recently have been diagnosed with Lyme disease. I thought it was an easy thing to cure with antibiotics. I was surprised that there were not much public awareness about Lyme disease, the side effects, and long term effects of chronic Lyme disease. I had Lyme disease for a few months without knowing. I never saw a tick bite and my symptoms. I was treated with antibiotics for one month only and I felt that it was not enough time on medications. I still had rashes, random nerve or joint pain, and other unexplainable symptoms. My infectious disease specialist says I don’t have Lyme disease anymore due to their testing, but there have been many cases where the test was wrong. I am starting to think there is lack of Lyme disease testing and knowledge about it.  I started looking into Lyme disease some more and found out about chronic Lyme disease.

What is Lyme Disease?

 

“Most people know that Lyme Disease is a dangerous tick-borne infection common on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. However, there is significant controversy surrounding the question of whether or not Lyme Disease can become chronic, treatment-resistant, and persistent. In this article we will examine the controversy and current medical research.

 

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi, an elongated, spiral-shaped bacteria transmitted to humans through the bite of a tick. Known as spirochetes, these bacteria are unusual, not well studied, elusive and difficult to cultivate in the laboratory, and capable of advanced survival activities more commonly found in larger, more intelligent organisms.”

Chronic Lyme Disease – Myth or Reality?

There is still a debate to determine if chronic Lyme is actually caused by a dangerous bacterial infection or a fictional disease that led to people having psychological factors like paranoia or hypochondria. There have been medical experience that does indicate there is Chronic Lyme Disease even after people have received antibiotics. Chronic Lyme disease is hard to diagnose because it mimics different severe symptoms and can cause debilitation.

“Furthermore, recent statistics show that the illness is not only real, but very prevalent and much more common among the American public than most people realize. In fact, the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, a highly respected alternative health journal, indicates that there are more than 200,000 new cases of Lyme Disease per year in the United States alone, and that approximately 20% of these cases progress into chronic Lyme Disease―even after antibiotic treatment is administered.”

I joined a Lyme Disease support group on facebook (MN Lyme Association) to help me cope and hear other people’s stories. You can check them out at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/72359783245/

There are still many debates on Chronic Lyme disease existence. Here are some links and articles debating if Chronic Lyme disease does exists or nor:

  1. http://www.healthline.com/health-news/you-do-not-have-chronic-lyme-disease-091514#2
  2. http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/features/chronic-lyme-disease
  3. http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/report_ny_lyme_bill_controversy_disease_illiterate.html
  4. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/19/predator-doctors-take-advantage-of-patients-with-chronic-lyme-scam.html
  5. http://www.chroniclymedisease.com/

THERE MUST BE MORE LYME DISEASE AWARENESS AND FIND A CURE!

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