One Man's Experience with Lyme Disease

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This video presents the story of John, who got Lyme disease from a tick bite, while on a camping trip with his son. John talks about his early symptoms and his diagnosis by his physician, Dr. Heaton. Dr. Heaton discusses some common concerns that patients have about Lyme disease. The video concludes with John suggesting some tips for avoiding tick bites and Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Over 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. Most cases occur in New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and the Upper Midwest. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is typically treated with a 10-21 day course of antibiotics.

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Daniel says:

I got a tick today good thing I saw it before it went inside my skin

Kristy W says:

Its not just a tick born. I got mine from sandflies. That's a fact.

348frank348 says:

is the dainty fairy guitar riffing really that necessary??

Music - GACHA LIFE says:

My Father Has Lyme Disease,He’s Also In Jail…

Frank Winds says:

Oh please here we go again…. this man has no Lyme disease

Fatema Akter Shathi says:

I've heard about a new ultraviolet machine called the UVLRx that's being used for Lyme patients. It uses a fiber optic thread which is inserted directly into the vein and the treatment lasts for an hour, so all the blood is treated. Has anyone tried this?

wkjeom says:

Yes, first diagnose yourself with Lyme, make sure you have the bulls eye rash. If necessary, paint one on. Get there within a couple of days of your own diagnosis and hope like crazy the dumb doc agrees with you.

Andrew Pickles says:

I'm hearing from lots of people who have caught it early after getting a bite and or bullseye rash then treating with doxycycline thinking it's gone… And be completely well for 1 or 2 years… Only to notice unusual symptoms years later.   I think the standard early treatment needs to be doxycycline + tinidazole together.  It's just simply not worth the pain and suffering it causes after it becomes chronic.  Just my 2 cents after living with lyme for the past year.  Longer term followups need to be done on these patients deemed 'cured' from a round of doxycycline.  Doxycycline has been proven in studies to do well in the Borrelias growth phase killing 95% of the spirochetes.  But it can also induce the round body forms.  Tinidazole kills regardless if they are reproducing or not and can kill the round body cyst forms.   If I ever get Lyme again I'm not even wasting any time at all, I'm flying myself directly to a Lyme Literate Doctor.  

Michelle Trostler says:

Warning: Results not typical. CDC, thanks so much for using our tax dollars to create a virtually useless video!

Aaron Kelley says:

John here is lucky.  His tick bite presented with classic symptoms including the bulls eye rash which only presents about 30% of the time.  The other symptoms are easily mistaken for a cold or flu and if there is no other evidence of an insect bite, diagnosis is difficult.  Recognized Lyme tests are at best inaccurate and if the disease successfully attacks the immune system are incapable of detecting the bacteria. Being a Spirochete, the bacteria are resistant to antibiotic treatment as they can burrow into muscle tissue and hide as well as change shape to increase their resistance.  Often Lyme disease is accompanied by co infections which could be viral, fungal or otherwise and can be more dangerous than the Lyme itself.  This is the reality of Lyme Disease.  It's difficult to diagnose in anything but the earliest stages and once past those early stages, very difficult and costly to treat as insurance companies generally will not pay for any treatment protocols past the initial stages.

Kerry B says:

Yes? And I see no response to the questions asked here? What ABOUT the millions of others? Look to the right people at ALL the poor buggers this medical system failed! You are guilty…. everyone knows it now.

Amos Clifford says:

At 2:29 Dr. Heaton uses the phrase "long-term side-effects." I wonder if Dr. Heaton will explain what is the difference between "effects" and "side-effects" in this context? My understanding is that "side-effects" normally refers to unintended consequences of medicine or treatment regimes; and the "effects" are equivalent to symptoms and damages caused by the disease directly. In choosing this language, is Dr. Heaton minimizing the existence of long-term effects of chronic and post-treatment lyme disease?  I do appreciate the preventive advice, but overall I don't feel like this video is a reliable source that I would recommend to my clients (I am a Forest Therapy Guide). 

Elaine Clements Finn says:

Wrote a Lyme disease brochure with the help of 2 Lyme specialists. Will email a copy to anyone interested. God bless, Elaine

Michelle Womble says:

This is such a lie..easy to treat…yeah that's why there are thousands out there chronically I'll…with Lyme disease….and NO Drs normally don't even know much about this disease …let alone treat it early….that's why there are thousands suffering….way to CDC …another cover up!!

utube9000 says:

The moral of this story is GET TREATED RIGHT AWAY.

This man got bit by the tick on Wednesday and he was JUST BEGINNING to feel symptoms (achy, lethargic) when he went to the doctor. By going on antibiotics right away, he was able to avoid the long term consequences.

I believe that if he had waited just ONE MORE WEEK, he would be looking at SOME LEVEL of chronic lyme. It spreads that fast. By the time you feel a flu coming on, get to a doctor immediately!

JM Realty says:

" If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system." So how long does the CDC say this late stage can last? You claim there is no chronic Lyme disease, right? Its time the CDC wakes up! (the CDC probably caused Lyme judging by its guilty acting stance and refusal to stand down on treating chronic Lyme patients). LYME HAS RAVAGED MY FAMILY!

Tessa Mccall says:

Great CDC – Just like it said – ONE MAN'S EXPERIENCE. How about the other 100,000's whose quick acknowledgement by the doctor and quick medicines to resolve the bacteria quickly DID NOT HAPPEN. Love the music sounds – rings like the untruth.

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