As more attention is drawn to Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses, those within the medical community are forced to give these illnesses the consideration needed and deserved. As the voices of #Lyme become louder with every new patient, the cry is becoming to loud to ignore.
Every day or two I am presented with news/articles/information of hope letting me know that it is only a matter of time until the entire medical community must acknowledge the prevalence and severity of these infections. So many people continue to suffer because they were not diagnosed within the narrow 30-day post-bite window necessary to stop the infection before it gets too far.
If you don’t know anything (or enough) about #Lyme you may be asking yourself what I mean by too far. The potential symptoms for #Lyme disease are many and often few cases look the same. In many cases, #Lyme affects the joints of the patient’s body. There is often muscle pain and weakness. The associated pain can be very severe and the weakness can turn the patient into an invalid. Symptoms can mimic Lupus or MS. Additional damage can include the heart, the brain or both. Some patients die either because the diagnosis came to late or because they can’t afford to get treated (insurance companies will rarely pay for these treatments.
It is almost impossible to find a doctor who is literate enough in #Lyme disease to treat patients effectively and there is much controversy within the medical community about proper treatment. There are even some who fail to recognize that Lyme undiagnosed for several months or years can become chronic and reach late-stage.
The time has come to get educated about this topic, for yourself and for those you love. The suffering is real and the damage sometimes permanent. Do some research, get involved, consider what it would be like if the patient was you, a family member or a close friend and help spread the word.