In honor of May’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month, I wanted to share a little bit more about this disease so that for those of you out there who are looking for answers or searching for home might find something comforting. Every day new discoveries are being made about Lyme disease. We will continue to fight for our lives, spread the word and demand that Lyme disease isn’t blown off by medical research any longer.
There are many wonderful doctors who are treating Lyme patients with creativity and coming back with some good news for those of us who are living with Chronic Lyme. Even if you get a negative test result, that doesn’t mean that Lyme should be ruled out.
“If we can't find it in the bloodstream, maybe it's in a nerve,” said Dr. Sam Donta of Falmouth an infectious disease expert. Lyme is the great imitator and is just as difficult to diagnose as it is to treat.
Here are a few odd facts about Lyme Disease:
THE NUMBER OF CASES REPORTED ANNUALLY HAS INCREASED NEARLY 25-FOLD SINCE NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE BEGAN IN 1982.
- THERE ARE NO TESTS AVAILABLE TO PROVE THAT THE ORGANISM IS ERADICATED OR THAT THE PATIENT IS CURED.
- THE AVERAGE LYME INFECTED PERSON SEES 5 DOCTORS BEFORE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE
- FEWER THAN 50% OF LYME PATIENTS RECALL EVER HAVING THE RASH
For more facts about Lyme Disease please check out the International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society website.
Lyme can be devastating when left untreated. But it is up to the patients to keep fighting for understanding of their needs. Lyme doesn’t just stay in one place. It can move from area to area causing problems in the eyes, ears, stomach, and joints. Memory loss, palpitations, tremors, and confusion are common symptoms of Lyme disease. But Lyme’s main target is the nervous system and doctors are working hard to make sure they are addressing this issue in their patients.
The only way that Lyme is going to be beaten is by bringing constant attention to the worldwide epidemic and demanding that we fund research for finding a cure. So I ask that you spread the word, donate, and help us find a cure.