Rare disease strikes Mudgee woman
Excerpted from the Mudgee Guardian: (03/11/2013)
Local veterinary nurse Lisa Tubnor is attempting to warn Australians of the danger of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is the world’s most common tick-borne illness, with a vast range of symptoms affecting any organ in the body, including muscles and joints, the heart, gastro-intestinal system and neurological system
Although the disease is rare in Australia, with NSW Health saying, “there is little evidence that it occurs”, the International Journal of General Medicine has described Australian cases and “identified a much larger tick-borne disease burden within the Australian community than hitherto reported”.
In June 2012, Ms Tubnor started to experience headaches, neck pain, anxiety and nausea that led her on a five-month search for the root of the problem.
She saw several doctors and went though multiple medical tests, specialist visits and months of physiotherapy, and never had Lyme disease suggested as the cause.
“On several occasions when I mentioned the possibility, I was met with the same phrase that every other Aussie like me has encountered: ‘There is no Lyme in Australia’,” she said.
“I had to source my own Lyme Literate Doctor through a support group in California, USA, and arrange and fund for my blood to be sent to a lab in America for testing.”
Her test results returned positive for Lyme and several co-infections, and she began treatment for chronic Lyme disease.