Advancing physician & patient awareness to early diagnosis

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a global epidemic, spread at an alarming rate. It is caused by a spirochete, a corkscrew shaped bacterium called Borrelia Burgorferi, primarily transmitted to humans by infected ticks, and even by fleas and mosquitos. If infected you are likely harboring multiple tick-borne infections that may include Lyme disease and its popular co-infection friends, bartonella, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, relapsing fever, tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, that all need to be treated uniquely. 

What you are feeling and why you are not crazy

You likely have come to this site because you are experiencing unusual symptoms and want answers. You may recall a recent tick bite, one from years ago or you may not recall ever being bitten. You may have had flu-like symptoms lasting 24 hours or less and you may have gone through a traumatic event prior to the onset of symptoms. You may feel sudden neurological symptoms  that likely come and go in waves and are outside of your bodies norm, including: 

  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Pulsating cramping, numbness, tingling, burning and paralysis sensations throughout extremities
  • Feeling of 'ants' crawling under your skin
  • Low-grade fever
  • Eye discomfort or pain
  • Depression and intractable anxiety
  • Brain fog 
  • Mind racing and paranoia
  • Heart racing and palpitations
  • Feeling as if your head is under water
  • Insomnia
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sound and hearing sensitivity and augmentation
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Night sweats

Just to name a few... 

You are not crazy. These are all real Lyme disease symptoms and you are indeed feeling them. It is not all in your head.

Most doctors don't understand

Most Lymies all tend to have the same story.  It takes a dozen plus specialists, ER visits and endless and invasive testing before your myriad of multi-systemic symptoms  receive a diagnosis and you are finally validated - it is not all in your head. Lyme disease is the great imitator, camouflaging symptoms that mimic so many other well-known and accepted diseases. It is not a black and white condition, like a heart attack, a broken limb or even cancer. CDC guidelines are outdated and lab testing is flawed and insignificant. Most doctor patient visits are limited and given this is not an acute-fix problem it is widely overlooked and misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis often includes learning disabilities, anxiety and depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome to even the 'sexier' classified diseases with bucketed symptoms that all have a known name but all without a known cause, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis. Thus, leaving patients to figure it out all for themselves, going through months to years down the rabbit hole or ultimately surrendering to living in the twilight zone under the control of these symptoms. Advancing conventional medical knowledge, understanding and diagnosis are critical to patient care and combating Lyme. That is why doctors need to Think Lyme.

Share your story. Be heard.

This disease is complex, multi-layered, extremely lonely and terrifying. Spread awareness of Lyme disease symptoms to your friends, family, physicians and other victims. Use your voice to help others on a similar odyssey receive a Lyme disease diagnosis, find relief, and wake the world up about how widespread and under calculated this disease really is.

Lyme resources

Who are trusted Lyme disease resources?

Support

Thank you for joining the Think Lyme email subscription list. We look forward to keeping you informed.