Lyme Disease – What is it?

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor the disease and spread it when feeding. If treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of the disease, you’ll most likely recover completely. However, Lyme disease is widely under diagnosed, and many people spend years suffering from disorders such as anxiety, depersonalization and derealization, without medical experts linking these symptoms to Lyme disease.

Important Note: Fifty percent of those suffering from Lyme disease never remember being bitten by a tick.

How do you know if you have Lyme disease?

This is a good question. Fewer than 50 percent of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite. In some studies this number is as low as 15 percent in culture-proven infection with the Lyme spirochete.

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by a bacterium called a spirochete or Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is medically described in three phases as: early localized disease with skin inflammation; early disseminated disease with heart and nervous system involvement, including palsies and meningitis; and late disease featuring motor and sensory nerve damage and brain inflammation as well as arthritis.

Current treatment under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for Lyme disease is about 30 days of antibiotic therapy (which is highly controversial). If you were recently bitten by a tick, please get treatment quickly.

However, if the infection stays in the person’s body for a longer period of time the infection could be more difficult to treat and VERY COSTLY. Many people with chronic late stage Lyme disease are forced to undergo long-term antibiotic therapy. In some cases, long-term antibiotic therapy isn’t able to cure all of it and people are still left with symptoms and LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES (which is what happened to me).

Many people think that Lyme is just a northeastern disease but in fact it is becoming a growing epidemic.

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