Alec Baldwin latest celebrity to battle Lyme disease: What is it?

Excerpted from USA Today :  (05/23/2017)

Alec Baldwin is the latest celebrity to open up about his battle with chronic Lyme disease. 

Baldwin said he has struggled with chronic Lyme disease for 17 years after he was bitten by a deer tick, treated, and then bitten again a few years later.

“The first time was the worst of all,” Baldwin said. “And I really thought this is it, I’m not going to live. I was alone, I wasn’t married at the time, I was divorced from my first wife. I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.’ ”

The bacterial infection is transmitted through a tick bite and can be treated successfully with antibiotics if caught early. If left untreated, it can cause heart and nervous system problems and have devastating long-term effects including memory loss, stiffness in joints and speech impairment.  While the Centers for Disease and Control estimates approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, the number is likely much higher.

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~ by Rob on May 24, 2017.

2 Responses to “Alec Baldwin latest celebrity to battle Lyme disease: What is it?”

  1. Chronic lyme disease. Had it for 13 years. Treatment not covered by Medicare. $1,000 per visit. Just keep suffering. Don’t haveBaldwin’s money. Sounds Quackish anyway.

    • Bud,
      Why was your treatment $1000? What did it include?
      And are you calling chronic Lyme quack ish or something else?

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