The Fatal Truth About Lyme Disease

Excerpted from EXAMINER.COM: (03/09/2014)

You have heard, and will hear, it time and time again: “Lyme disease is cured with a few weeks of antibiotics.” If this is the case, why are hundreds of thousands –if not more- suffering for years on end from the disease? According to the CDC, they are not, because chronic Lyme disease does not exist:

“Approximately 10 to 20% of patients treated for Lyme disease with a recommended 2–4 week course of antibiotics will have lingering symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some cases, these can last for more than 6 months. Although often called “chronic Lyme disease,” this condition is properly known as “Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. [1]”

For people suffering from Chronic Lyme, this statement is infuriating because they feel they are being told they are crazy; and also because pain, fatigue, and joint/muscle aches are often the least of their worries. Much more serious health complications arise from Lyme, and it is important that the public is aware of these symptoms. When looking at the bigger picture, the infuriating part is just how dangerous this statement is. If left untreated, Lyme disease can and will be fatal. That is the sad and often ignored truth.

Furthermore, it is estimated that only one out of every ten cases of Lyme disease is actually reported and that numerous individuals are misdiagnosed. In 2010 alone, state health departments reported 22,561 confirmed cases of Lyme disease and 7,597 probable cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The actual number is believed to be much higher than the yearly number of cases reported. One reason for this is due to the fact that reporting criteria varies from state to state; and most states take time to report only the minimum amount required. Still, the number of reported cases has increased 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982 [4].

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~ by Rob on March 14, 2014.

2 Responses to “The Fatal Truth About Lyme Disease”

  1. You know, the more I read, the less I don’t understand why it’s not recognised. I’m missing a big piece of this puzzle. I don’t understand why. It’s amazing there’s so little information about it and what information there is, generally concludes in denial!

    • L,
      This is a terrific question with only speculative answers. We all get angry and point the reasons at politics? Big pharma? Lucrative patents? Insurance costs. The correct answer is probably a combination of them all.

      I do know that other factors play a role as well:
      Doctors are often frustrated that their patients have a wealth of information at their fingertips with the internet and they self-diagnose. Since patients who research their ailments before doctor visits often suspect LD, the doctor feels marginalized. Additionally, the doctor may not treat LD, risk losing a patient and become indignant.

      Another influencing factor in denial is that medical guidelines take years of peer approval and construction before cceptance athat any challenge by non-medical professionals is met with intense arrogance.

      Whatever the real answers happens to be, many more will need to suffer unnecessarily,

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