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Lyme Disease 2!
Updated: 10/13/2020
Lyme Disease 2!
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  • *Applause*
  • Catherine Coy!
  • Welcome to the show, Cath- mind if I call you "CC?"
  • The floor is yours!
  • As some of you may know, I myself contracted Lyme disease. I got it from the bite of an infected tick, although I didn't realize what had bitten me until a large, bullseye-shaped rash formed around the bite. The most pronounced symptom I felt was fatigue -- I felt like I had a terrible flu for a number of weeks, I was swapping between the bed and the couch, feeling perpetually exhausted and falling asleep frequently.
  • No sweat, Jim. And while I'm here, I'd like to talk a little bit about Lyme disease.
  • I had pins and needles and buzzing sensations in my feet, legs, and head constantly. I felt, and still feel, tired after extended mental effort. I couldn't stand bright lights or loud noises when I first got sick.
  • The best way to illustrate my change in energy is probably with these stairs. Before Lyme, I always took them two at a time. After Lyme, I had to slowly pull myself up using the hand rails.
  • I had weird temperature problems - feeling chilly on a hot summer day, other times my hands felt burning hot while the rest of my body felt cold, and if I ever got cold, it seemed like nothing could warm me back up.
  • Diagnosing Lyme Disease can be a bit tricky sometimes, as many symptoms in Lyme are present in other conditions, and the characteristic bulls-eye rash isn't present in about 20-30% of cases.
  • If infected people are treated with oral antibiotics during the early stages of Lyme, they usually recover quickly.
  • However, symptoms can persist after treatment, which is called Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. There's no known treatment for PTLDS, although painkillers can give symptomatic relief.
  • Because Lyme can only be spread through the bite of an infected tick, any methods of preventing tick bites are used to prevent Lyme Disease.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency registered repellents or insecticides to deter ticks.
  • Check thoroughly for ticks after spending an extended amount of time in a grassy or woody area.
  • Aaaaand that's all the time we have today folks! Tune in next time to hear from the Marburg Virus! See ya!
  • Who am I!? YOU don't remember-
  • Who is this lady!? She just gave my whole speech!
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