Hello there, brave soul who has dared to click on this post!
I promise this will be significantly less depressing and less complicated than most conversations about diseases are. (Hopefully) Even if it will be more in-depth than my first post.
When I tell people I have Lyme Disease, they usually give one of four responses…
- *Cue blank stare* “Oh…sorry.”
- “That’s awful! Does it hurt a lot? What can you do? Isn’t that, like, impossible to cure?”
- “IS IT CONTAGIOUS? Gross…”
- (This one is my personal favorite…) “Is…is that something you get from eating limes?”
Not that any of these are a bad response, just not very informed ones. Which, is no one’s fault considering that even doctors have a hard time knowing what Lyme Disease is…or how to fix it.
Today, I’m going to try to give you a simple and easy definition of Lyme and what it feels like.
And, just to calm your racing heart–No, you cannot get Lyme from eating small, green fruit.
To best explain the disease, I’m going to use some quotes from established Dr. Sunjya Schweig L.A c.
“…Lyme disease…refers specifically to a bacteria called
Borrelia burgdorferi (BIG WORD ALERT! I know guys, hang in here with me),
which is a spirochete bacteria and is transmitted by tick bite…and usually it’s the black-legged tick.”
Okay, so basically, Lyme is a disease you get from a tick bite. Not too complicated, right?
“So technically Lyme disease refers to the infection with that one spirochete bacteria…
people can get bitten by a tick, they can have transmission of this bacteria,
and they can become sick from it in the acute phase…
“The name “Lyme disease” comes from Lyme, Connecticut,
where this syndrome or this disease was first “discovered”.”
Does that make sense? The name comes from a town in Connecticut that had so much of the illness, that people had to look into it and BOOM. Lyme disease became a thing. Still following me here?
Lyme Disease has a ridiculous amount of symptoms. I mean, seriously. Just about any problem in the book can be connected to Lyme in one way or another, as the bacteria tends to mimic other sicknesses, and even change over time.
When you are first bitten by the tick, a bullseye rash can appear–but it does not always. Many people (including myself) never found a rash, and thus were unable to diagnose Lyme for a very long time.
To list a few of the long-term symptoms…
Becuase the symptoms vary so much, it makes Lyme very difficult to detect. Not to mention that there is no tried-and-true way of confirming Lyme, although several blood tests get very close to diagnosing. Curing the thing is even more difficult, as what works for one person may not work for another. The important thing is to keep trying new options and be guided by a Lyme Specialist who knows what he’s doing.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!
Everything you didn’t want to know about Lyme and how to deal with it 🙂
That was ridiculously long, and I promise the rest of my posts (probably) won’t be as long. I really just wanted to do an introduction.
Any questions? Did that make sense at all? Have you dealt with Lyme or any other diseases?
Thanks so much for reading this and being a part of this journey with me 🙂