What you should know.
May is Lyme disease awareness month. I am sure you have seen many tweets, and social media posts about it. You may even know someone who has it, but if you do not have it, you may not realize how devastating, confusing, and life altering it can be.
Lyme disease (and other infections that can come with it) can creep up on you slowly, or hit you all at once. It can start with something simple such as having flu-like symptoms, or it can cause seizures. It can give you a migraine, or a heart attack. Nothing, and no one can predict what symptoms you will have.
There is no readily available, (Physician accepted) accurate test for Lyme. Even if you see the attached tick, and have a bullseye rash, you can still test negative. If you test positive, you may be told it is false positive. You may also be told “There is no Lyme in this State.” There is also no way to tell how long you have had it. There is no vaccine, and there is no cure. It is a true Pandemic.
Lyme is known as the great imitator, because it mimics the symptoms of many other diseases, and syndromes. There have been people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, CFS, ALS, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS, Bi-Polar disorder, Depression, PTSD, and many other things…who actually have Lyme.
If you want to know what it feels like to have Lyme, look at the list above of the ailments it mimics. That is what it is like to have Lyme. Having one, or all of those, on any given day, and in any combination.
Why is Lyme so devastating? How can it cause all of these ailments? Why can’t we test for it and cure it?
Because the Lyme bacteria is a Spirochete. (A Spirochete (order Spirochaetales), also spelled spirochaete, is any of a group of spiral-shaped bacteria, some of which are serious pathogens for humans, causing diseases such as syphilis, yaws, Lyme disease, and relapsing fever.) Spirochetes can enter all tissue, bone, and your brain. When faced with an unfavorable environment, such as the introduction of antibiotics, these spirochetes form round bodies, or “cysts” as a method of self-preservation. They literally hide from the tests we use to find them, and the medications we take to kill them.
More here on spirochetes.: http://www.environmentalevolution.org/environmentalevolution.org/Fair_Use_files/312-Roundbodies.pdf
Lyme can be transmitted to you by ticks and other vectors, blood transfusions, sexual contact, and in utero.
You can believe the Doctors, the IDSA, and the CDC, but the fact of the matter is that there IS proof that Lyme, and Chronic Lyme exist. There IS proof that the tests are inaccurate. There are 300,000 new cases (or more) each year, and it can kill you. Lyme Advocates have been battling for the truth for 40 years. There will be accurate tests, there will be a cure, but we have to spread the word. We have to fight together, to bring about change, and much needed help for the millions of men, women and children affected all over the world.
I have Lyme, and I need a cure.