All those years I spent in the woods as a young person — exploring, camping, lying in the underbrush — I never imagined a tiny, unnoticed tick would so drastically alter the course of my life.
When I was finally diagnosed in 2014, I couldn’t believe it at first: How could I have spent several decades dealing with a host of medical conditions without any of the doctors I consulted bringing up the possibility of Lyme disease? Unfortunately this happens way more than most people realize — especially for those who live in areas where Lyme, so far, rarely occurs.
Even though those 2014 blood tests confirmed I’d contracted an East Coast version of Lyme, most likely in the 1970s, I don’t have the most common symptoms, so it took seeing the positive results of several tests till I fully believed I had it.
Epidemic, but too many never diagnosed
Dr. Richard Horowitz, author of Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease, reports that among infectious diseases, Lyme is now the “number one spreading epidemic worldwide.” The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that in the U.S. alone, there are more than 300,000 new cases diagnosed per year.
Dr. Horowitz laments that many who suffer from Lyme may never be accurately diagnosed. Continue reading