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Hello all, and best wishes for a safe summer.

Mother Earth News has published my report of my not-so-safe summer compliments of Lyme disease. Hope it helps prevent future suffering.


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copying this here since it's in timesnewroman which runsallwordstogether like this for me!! uffda

broke it up for us neuro lymies to be able to comprehend and read... betty [Smile]

The Time Bomb Tick I Never Saw

Learn how to diagnose, treat and, best of all, avoid Lyme disease.

July 2, 2008 By Barbara Pleasant

Deer ticks, or black-legged ticks, are the only known carriers of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.


If knowledge is power, you would think I would never get Lyme disease after researching and writing The Lowdown on Lyme Disease four years ago.

But in June 2006, while visiting an area where Lyme disease is common, I helped weed a perennial bed wearing shorts and flip-flops. Bad idea!

I never saw the tiny tick that got me, but two weeks later I had hot, painful swelling on my side. At first I thought it was a super-chigger or spider bite, but it didn't itch.

Eight days later, I was down for the count with chills, fever, body aches and a killer headache -- all symptoms of Lyme disease.

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid areas in which ticks are prevalent.

Wear a hat and light-colored clothing (to help you see ticks before they find skin), and tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks.

When you can, cover as much skin as possible instead of dousing yourself with insect repellants.

Be especially watchful if you live (or visit) where Lyme disease is common. The Northeast has the most cases, as reflected in these state-by-state statistics.

How to Spot Lyme Disease

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that, if left untreated, affects the joints, heart and nervous system.

Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a round, inflamed reaction at the site of the bite.

The deer ticks (also known as black-legged ticks) that transmit Lyme disease are so small they could pass for poppy seeds.

If you have found one of these ticks imbedded in your skin, watch the bite closely for swelling and redness.

part 2...HARD to get due to CONSTANT POP UP that would NOT let me delete it; wasted so much time trying to get around this OBSTACLE! [Frown]

A bite from a Lyme-carrying tick is supposed to develop a bull's eye pattern of concentric rings that gradually increases in size, but mine was solid red, 2 inches across, hot to the touch, and painful rather than itchy.

However, I found that holding a warm, moist washcloth over the inflamed bite revealed the hidden rings.

What You Should Do (and When)

Get to a doctor when your symptoms are consistent with Lyme infection -- flulike body aches and fever, and a seriously inflamed bug bite.

A blood test may be ordered, but it may give negative results if you're just starting to get sick.

Current clinical guidelines advise antibiotic therapy if symptoms appear within 30 days of a suspected tick bite.

Follow up with probiotics.

The big-gun antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease kill helpful bacteria, too, so up your intake of probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir, miso and tempeh once you're through with the treatment.

I've been making my own yogurt and kefir, because the fresh stuff has the highest counts of beneficial bacteria.

Antibiotics turned things around quickly, and I'm all better now, but my story would end differently had I not recognized the classic symptoms of Lyme disease.

If it is not treated early, the Lyme disease bacteria can go on to cause arthritis, chronic fatigue, neurological deficiencies and generally mess up your life.

But if you catch it in the first month, 14 days of antibiotics will usually kill the buggers.


Nicholas7/4/2008 8:20:47 PM

Very good article. I'm glad you're getting the treatment you need. I think the key here is to take your advice, and use the preventitive methods you described to avoid getting this disease in the first place.

It's not a fun disease, especially since insurance companies may not even allow your doctor to diagnose you.

Then things can get real bad suffering from long term, untreated Lyme.

Thank you so much again for writing this article, and thank you to Mother Earth for running it!

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Barbara, welcome to our lyme board! If i copied anything wrong here, please bring correct info here as i struggled big time with all the POPUPS ON YOUR SITE!

we neuro lymies have enough problems as is!! 2nd page showed TO CLOSE icon; i tried and tried to find it! so please fix that for those folks who go to read your article on your site! BIG THANKS! [group hug] [kiss]

i will be going to comment on it; saw some things WRONG; we want to make sure to give ACCURATE INFO since we struggle against the IDSA, infectious drs. who do NOT believe in chronic lyme and who treat for 3 weeks and UNDER causing us to get CHRONC LYME!!

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[Mad] i just lost my reply to your article so not going to take the time to do it again.


i hope you will do another article and address CO-INFECTIONS, and our 5 lyme diagnostic labs in USA VS. "normal" labs blood is sent to.


hope you will address our 2 lyme bills in congress:

S 1708 and HR 741 being STALLED BY INFECTIOUS DRS. CALLING congress !!!

plus blumenthal's recent may 1 announcement on anti-trust investigation.

thanks for your article barbara!! [group hug] [kiss]

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