What do you nkow about LYME?
I was always warned about the dangers of ticks, but never took it seriously--that is until Lyme disease came into my life and ravaged my body and took the use of my legs. It is my mission to not let this happen to YOU. Thanks for coming to my webpage- take the Lyme Quiz to see where you're lyme knowledge really stands.
Lyme disease can affect every organ, muscle, joint, nerve, cell and bodily function if it is not diagnosed in a timely fashion. The longer Lyme goes undiagnosed the more trouble the patient is going to have recovering because the more ineffective their treatment is going to be, and the more likely they are of having a relapse. If a patient either sees the tick on them or sees the bullseye rash and goes to the doctor and recieves immediate treatment their prognosis is great! They have a wonderful chance of living the rest of their life without further complications. But for the rest of us, who get misdiagnosed and wait months, or years to finally be correctly diagnosed with Lyme our stories are much different. We have suffered terribly, our quality of life is horrible, many of us are in wheelchairs and cannot walk because the Lyme bacterium has affected our joints and made us weak. The cognitve symptoms are hard to deal with and the most frustrating in everyday life. Severe headache become something that is always there, you dont remember what a day without pain is like. The only solution once you have chronic lyme disease is to go on long term intervenous antibiotics and to stay on them until you are symptom free or at least feeling well enough to switch to oral medications. Most people with chronic lyme disease will be on some type of antibiotics for the rest of their lives, this is the sad truth. If only more doctors were aware of the devastating effects of lyme, and what symptoms to look for in a patient- we all could be diagnosed sooner and treated more aggressively faster and have a better outcome.
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