Here is the shortened version of why we started the Howard County Lyme Awareness group:
I was bit by a tick in 2007 and treated with 10 days of antibiotics and thought like most illnesses – that I was cured. But, after only a few months I started developing symptoms that doctors couldn’t figure out and then misdiagnosed several times – which allowed the disease to become multisystemic (affecting my nervous, lymphatic, circulatory, and immune systems ). I was diagnosed with both Attention Deficit Disorder (LOL!- since I’ve never had attention problems in my life and went straight through to a Master’s degree) and Multiple Sclerosis- which show very similar lesions in the brain as Lyme does. I had seen not only a great Primary Care doctor, but also a Psychologist for testing, a Neurologist, a Cardiologist, and a Back/Spine Specialist before the Neurologist figured out it could be Late Stage Lyme disease. However, none of those doctors knew much about Lyme, symptoms, or how to provide treatment without treating me like it was a quick fix after allowing it to grow for 4 years without proper intervention. Finally, I saw a Lyme literate medical doctor, spent two months on IV medications and 2 years of oral antibiotics, through so many ups and downs and then herbal/botanical tinctures until finally recovering about 90%.