Let’s hear it for the Nor-Cal Chico Lyme disease support group based in California, which I read about in an Orion article by Roberto Fonseca!This non-profit society began back in 2012 and is designed for people and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, an infectious disease that strikes nearly 300,000 Americans each year! This group typically meets once a month and provides a platform for people of many different walks of life to share their experiences, sorrows, and joys—as well as tips. I don’t know how many members there are, but it’s good to know that support groups of this kind are popping up more and more.
And we need more of it- nationally! Acute Lyme disease as you may know, can be treated with antibiotics; in fact, it can be cured—if it’s caught early.
Unfortunately, not everyone who has contracted lyme disease exhibit the same symptoms; At least 20-30% of people do not exhibit the classic “bull’s eye” red rash after being bitten by a tick.
So it’s very easy for people to get sick slowly as the disease progresses without knowing it and can lead to central nervous system and heart problems.
Some people may experience fatigue, skin rashes, dull or sharp headaches, fevers, joint and muscle aches, dizziness, tingling and numbness. The list goes on and on because the bacterium that is released into the bloodstream after a tick has bitten its host, affects people differently.People may experience only one or two symptoms, but typically have more. Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose, too, depending on when the blood test is given. A physical exam and extensive discussions about symptoms with a doctor is extremely beneficial as this disease can also mimic rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.