Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks or blacklegged ticks. These tiny arachnids are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed. Lyme can be transmitted not only from a tick bite but also from spiders, mosquitos, and any insect that bites potentially can transmit the disease. One can also contract Lyme congenitally mother to child and even in blood transfusions.
Lyme Disease has been found in every state and it is worldwide. Lyme is a hidden pandemic that most people do not have an understanding.
Lyme is called "The Great Imitator," as it mimics many other illnesses like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, ALS, MS, Parkinsons, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Lupus and the list goes on and on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 476,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. However, because diagnosing Lyme can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme may be misdiagnosed with other conditions. Many experts believe the true number of cases is much higher. It is very difficult to obtain a correct diagnosis and testing is inaccurate.
Talan and his mom Julie have both been on the receiving end of Lyme disease, and have fought this aggressor for years. They've put together a list of resources to share more information:
More than you ever wanted to know about Lyme disease: lymedisease.org
Do you have Lyme? Are you interested in sharing your medical journey to help yourselves and others? Check this out: lymedisease.org/mylymedata/
Do you need help overcoming or dealing with Lyme disease? Go here: lymewarrior.us
The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society: ilads.org
iGeneX, global leader in the research and development of tests that accurately detect Lyme disease: igenex.com