Borreliosis (better known as Lyme) is spread by the bite of a tick, whcih can be as small as the period at the end of this sentence. May is Lyme Awareness Month. Borreliosis is the greatest vector-borne disease, with over 300,000 new cases in the US each year. It is now in epidemic proportions in the US and reported in 49 of our 50 states and is as serious worldwide. Current testing in unreliable and only approximately 50 percent of cases include the classic "bull's eye" rash.

Most doctors in this area, unfortunately, are not properly trained to recognize or treat Lyme. Lyme is called "the great imitator." It can be confused and misdiagnosed as arthritis, MS, Parkinson's, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other diseases, even Alzheimer's. Remember, the symptoms (which include but are not limited to joint and muscle pain, low grade fever, headaches, brain fog, all of which may come and go) can be different in each individual, depending where the borrelia attack your body.

You know your body better than anyone and when you feel the diagnosis may be incorrect, keep looking until you find someone who will listen to you and will consider all the various symptoms. This is what I had to do.

Ticks are most active May through October, at temperatures above 70, but may be found throughout the year. Ticks can be found just about anywhere as migrating birds can bring them into your yard. Wear repellents specifically for ticks, along with proper clothing (long-sleeved shirts, pants tucked into socks, shoes and a hat). Learn how to properly remove ticks should you find one.

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Glen Myers, Atwood


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