a bit about us:
We are 3 women that have common threads in our life that lead us to the path that we all now walk down. We live in 3 different places in the world yet remain connected.
Each of us shared a great passion for fishing and the outdoors. We also were considered travellers, adventurers and leaders. Vibrant and full of life until we each met our match.
Who knew that something as small as a tick could change our lives.
We live everyday dealing with the effects of having Lyme Disease and by sharing our stories we hope to reach out and give a better understanding of the disease and hopefully save others of this battle we all fight.
Education is the best way to know what is wrong with your health.
When the Healing Comes by Lisa Bevill
Suffering with chronic Lyme Disease another strong woman learns to live with the suffering that this disease causes.
Living with Lyme disease can be a painful and frustrating experience. Many Lyme victims are misdiagnosed, and too often their health deteriorates while they seek proper treatment.
Why is Lyme difficult to diagnose and treat?
There are over 100 different symptoms of Lyme disease, so it’s hard to detect, and even harder to properly diagnose and treat. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for patients to be told that their symptoms are “all in their head”, or to be treated for the wrong disease.
Lyme disease initially affects everyone differently, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. However, as time passes the disease becomes more debilitating.
Symptoms may come and go in varying degrees, with fluctuation from one symptom to another. Some victims experience a period that feels like remission, only to be followed by another onset of symptoms.
The longer Lyme disease goes untreated, the harder it is to fight. Undiagnosed Lyme disease will affect a patient over the course of their entire lifetime.
Don’t lose hope
There are a variety of treatment options to help everyone from the freshly infected to long-time Lyme sufferers.
Learn everything you can about your illness. When you know more about the disease, you’ll be more comfortable talking to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment.
Know your treatment options
Early intervention is the key to beating Lyme disease. When caught in the early stages, quick antibiotic treatment can eliminate the infection. When Lyme is diagnosed in the later stages, a patient has several other treatment options to consider.
1Oral Antibiotics – There are four main courses of antibiotic treatments that vary in strength. Each Lyme patient is different, so treatment varies from person to person.
2Intravenous Antibiotics – If oral antibiotics are ineffective, a patient may receive intravenous antibiotics. This is often reserved for those who have been suffering from the disease for an extended period of time before diagnosis.
3Intramuscular Antibiotics – Intramuscular penicillin is sometimes effective for patients who don’t respond to oral and intravenous antibiotics.
4Pulse and Combination Therapy – This treatment involves a careful combination of antibiotic treatments that coincide with symptom flare-ups.
Want to know more about each treatment and what treatment might be best for you?
Lyme treatment is complex. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease, this can be a frustrating and confusing time.
There are various stages of Lyme infection, and treatments differ according to the stage of infection. It’s important to be aware of the various treatment options so that you can help your doctor determine what’s right for you.
The truth about antibiotic treatments
Until recently, many doctors in Canada tended to prescribe only one round of antibiotics, irrespective of the stage of infection. However, current research suggests that a single course of antibiotics is often insufficient for treating Lyme disease, especially if the infection has been untreated for several months.
Two important discoveries have been made:
1Antibiotics are most effective in the early stage of Lyme treatment.
2Co-infections can result in a more complicated case of Lyme disease.
Oral antibiotics are commonly used to treat Lyme in the early stages. Doctors often prescribe antibiotics over a 2-3 week period which may be insufficient. Treating this disease effectively at this early stage has the best patient outcome, and importantly the risk to benefit weighs heavily on the side of effective treatment.
If you’re still experiencing symptoms after the first round of treatment, your doctor may prescribe additional oral antibiotics or move directly to intravenous medication.
Lyme disease can remain dormant for weeks, months or even years. When symptoms do eventually develop, they can be severe and patients often need aggressive treatment.
Intravenous treatment is often required to treat late-stage infection. Late-stage treatment can last many months as seen in other infections as well. In addition to intravenous antibiotics, patients being treated for late-stage Lyme disease, often receive supportive therapies. For example; physical therapy, antidepressants, anti-inflamatories, stomach acid control. Steroids are not recommended.
During this treatment, a patient is injected intramuscularly with antibiotics. The slow and sustained release over time means that some people who cannot tolerate oral antibiotics can see remarkable recovery.
Pulse and combination therapy
Pulse and Combination Therapy involves a careful combination of antibiotic treatments that coincide with symptom flare-ups. This is a relatively new treatment option for Lyme disease, but it seems to be effective in certain cases.
Types of Antibiotics
Top 4 types of antibiotics
There are many types of antibiotics; but, according to Deutsche Borreliose-Gesellschaft’s “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme borreliosis Guidelines”, only a few have proved effective against the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. These antibiotics are:
1Tetracyclines and gycylcyclines
The following antibiotics are not suitable for treating Lyme disease, but are sometimes prescribed by doctors without adequate Lyme knowledge.
Acylaminopenicillins (supposedly effective; no clinical experience; usually employed in the treatment of inpatients)
First generation cephalosporins (cefazolin, cefotoxitin)
Oral first and second generation cephalosporins, except for cefuroxime axetil
Folate antagonists (except for trimethoprim according to Gasser(51))
Learn more about antibiotic treatment by downloading Deutsche Borreliose-Gesellschaft’s “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme borreliosis Guidelines”.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nymphal and adult deer ticks can be carriers of Lyme disease. Nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed.
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Lyme disease, Lyme borreliosis is an infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America, whereas Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii cause most European cases. The disease is named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA, where a number of cases were identified in 1975. Although Allen Steere realized that Lyme disease was a tick-borne disease in 1978, the cause of the disease remained a mystery until 1981, when B. burgdorferi was identified by Willy Burgdorfer.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Borrelia is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks belonging to a few species of the genus Ixodes ("hard ticks"). Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash called erythema migrans (EM). Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. In most cases, the infection and its symptoms are eliminated by antibiotics, especially if the illness is treated early. Delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and difficult to treat.
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Symptoms of Lyme Disease
• Low grade fevers, ‘hot flashes’ or chills
• Night sweats
• Sore throat
• Swollen glands
• Stiff neck
• Migrating arthralgias, stiffness and, less commonly, frank
• Chest pain and palpitations
• Abdominal pain, nausea
• Sleep disturbance
• Poor concentration and memory loss
• Irritability and mood swings
• Back pain
• Blurred vision and eye pain
• Jaw pain
• Testicular/pelvic pain
• Cranial nerve disturbance (facial numbness, pain, tingling,
palsy or optic neuritis)