Treatment for Lyme disease uses antibiotics in early stages, but the symptoms become more severe in cases of disseminated Lyme. If the disease goes untreated advanced stages will bring arthritis, sleep disturbance and severe fatigue.
This mature form of Lyme leaves 10 percent of people with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, which is currently considered untreatable.
Kelly Eddy, a longtime Lyme disease patient, remembers she was 8 years old when what felt like a summer flu put her in the hospital.
“It was like a light switch, I was a really capable student… and then like overnight my brain power, I just totally lost it and it hasn’t been the same since.”
Eddy sometimes worries what her life would be like without her support network, saying she wouldn’t be able to deal with the foggy thinking and indecision if it weren’t for her family.
“I’ve missed out on so many things, nobody sees what goes on behind closed doors…its those things that affect your family and the ones who don’t even have the disease that are the hardest. It’s kind of like an invisible illness”
Eddy says she has leaned on holistic medicine, marijuana concentrates, and energy stimulants to improve her mood. The fatigue that follows affected individuals can be debilitating, but Eddy says doctors can’t prescribe medication to keep the disease at bay, because none currently exists.
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