“Lyme Disease? What’s that?”
This question has been asked me more times than I could count in the past few years, and its not always the easiest thing to answer. This post will be the sarcastic, shorter answer to that question.
In short: It’s a sickness you get from a tick.
Yes, a tick. The tiny bug with spindly legs that sucks your blood. Spawn from hell, if you ask me.
Said tick, a Deer tick, bites you and passes on Lyme Disease, and quite possibly a collection of other co-infections (as if Lyme wasn’t enough). Most people get a bullseye rash when they’ve been infected–some people don’t get the rash, some don’t see it. The result? A lot of people who have Lyme but don’t know it.
How could they not know that they have Lyme, you ask?
Because that delightful little tick just gave them a disease that mimics over 350 other sicknesses. It is very, very hard to identify because it changes shape and can even build up an immunity to the antibiotics usually used to fight it.
Alright, but what does that actually mean? Or feel like?
For me…its a lot of aches. Pain all over. Headaches. Joint pain. Insomnia. Brain fog (AKA my brain decides to stop functioning). Fatigue (I get tired out by a walk out my front door). Anxiety. Depression. Just to name a few.
I also found this handy-dandy list online with several more:
Cough, shortness of breath
Unexplained fevers, chills, sweats
Cystitis (bladder inflammation)
Chest plain/heart palpitations
Double/blurry vision, pain or floaters
Photophobia (abnormal aversion to bright light)
Rash at bite site or other areas
Swelling around the eyes
Unexplained weight loss/gain
Buzzing, ringing or ear pain
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea or constipation
Eyelid/facial twitching or Bell’s Palsy
Joint pain and swelling
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Neck creaks, cracks or stiffness
Joint or back stiffness
Muscle pain or cramps
TMJ (jaw pain)
Tingling or numbness
Difficulty concentrating or reading
Loss of libido
Did you get through all that? Yes? *applauds* No? *slow clap* You, my friend, are as patient as I am.
Because of its varied and changing nature, Lyme really has no straight cure. Everyone’s body is different, which means that everyone has to fight the Lyme in a different way. That is part of what makes the disease so difficult–its hard to find a way to get through.
There is hope, though! I have several friends who are nearly cured. Me? I’m…getting there. Slowly, but moving forward.
So, there you have it! A very brief description of what Lyme Disease is! Your life is now complete 🙂
I hope you have a great day, internet friends.