My first Lyme support group attendance
I attended my first Lyme Support Group meeting with the North Texas Lyme Support Group. It really enjoyed the meeting and I walked away feeling encouraged knowing that I’m not alone with Lyme.
During the meeting, I met a young woman who is seeing a LLMD in a town close to mine. She seems to be improving under his care, so I asked for his contact information. Perhaps he would be willing to administer the Bicillin injections or work with Dr. McFadzean.
If you’re in the area and are interested in learning more about them. Here is their website:http://ntxlymesupport.blogspot.com/.
Right These Wrongs (Original song for Lyme Disease awareness)
A little bit more about Lyme disease
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bites of deer ticks. These deer ticks are most especially infected by the bacteria species Borrelia burgdorferi, a kind of a spirochete (a flagellate type of bacteria).
Early symptoms of Lyme disease include fever and headache. A person infected by Lyme also easily feels fatigued. The much-touted “bull’s-eye” rash which is another symptom, only occurs in less than 10% among Lyme disease sufferers.
Prompt medication and treatment is very, very important if one believes he is infected with Lyme disease. However, diagnosis can be quite difficult, as Lyme’s early symptoms mimic the symptoms of several other illnesses. That is why Lyme disease is called “the great imitator.”
What happens if Lyme disease is left untreated?
If a person has an untreated case of Lyme disease, he will of course suffer more serious symptoms such as muscle and joint pains, sensitivity to light, anxiety and depression. In severe cases, heart and central nervous central system are also affected, which can be too difficult to treat.
Lyme is also an auto-immune disease, which means that an immune system will be compromised and weakened. This will leave an affected person unable to fight a host of other infections.
Lyme disease awareness support groups
Lyme is an endemic disease, which occurs on the Northern Hemisphere and temperate regions. In the United States, Lyme disease is the most common tick-born illness, and almost every state has reported cases of Lyme disease (both confirmed and probable cases).
Lyme disease is often surrounded by controversy, so it’s best for a person who suffers one, or people who live in tick-infested areas, to be informed on this kind of illness.
Lyme awareness support groups are established in order to educate people on the treatment and most especially prevention of Lyme disease as well as other tick-borne ailments. Thanks to modern technology such as the Internet and social media, most of these Lyme disease support groups have websites and hold online forums to offer advice and emotional comfort to make people somehow overcome their difficulties and depression in combating this disease. Lyme awareness support group meetings and conferences are also held, usually monthly.