The One About Lyme (why it’s so vexing, perplexing, and devastating)

The short: this post is a summary of the mechanics of Lyme and how it contributes to chronic illness. I am not a doctor or scientist. I write from my own research and experiences.


 

So, What’s the Deal with Lyme?

People usually think of Lyme disease as: you were bitten by a tick so now you have this single infection called borrelia burgdorferi, and a round of antibiotics will take care of it for good. (I will refer borellia burgdorferi as just “Lyme” to save myself a lot of typing and to save you a lot of reading). And in case you didn’t see this coming: Lyme isn’t nearly that simple. If it was, there wouldn’t be thousands of people disabled by and dying from it. The really hip Lyme people also know that, more likely than not, when you picked up “Lyme,” some nasty co-infections like Bartonella, Babiesia, and Ehrlichia probably tagged along.

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