Lyme: My Journey to a Diagnosis

 

We have started our tenth year at Seasons Wellness (how time flies), and I am constantly reminded of all the interesting patients and their stories.  Many began their journey trying to explain to me how very fatigued they were.  Other symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, brain fog and sadness were also described. Some would apologize for the extensive symptom list.  With tears in their eyes, we would discuss stress levels, sleep issues, ability to exercise, etc.  I could sympathize with them, but I honestly didn’t understand the depth of their despair!

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Lyme disease

This digitally-colored scanning electron micrograph depicts a grouping of numerous Gram-negative, anaerobic, Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, the pathogen behind Lyme disease. Credit: CDC/Janice Carr.

 

What Is Lyme Disease?

 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by Ixodes ticks, or deer ticks, and black-legged ticks. Over 300,000 patients are diagnosed annually with substantial indications that there are many more patients who have not been diagnosed — identifying and treating this infection is a growing challenge.

 

Although far less recognized, even the diagnosed cases of Lyme disease outnumber the cases of breast cancer and HIV/AIDS.

 

So, how do you recognize Lyme disease? That too can be a challenge.

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Your DNA is not your Destiny

 

Your DNA Is No Longer Your Destiny

 

Is your destiny written in your DNA? For years, scientists believed that a person’s DNA – the complex genetic code that carries all the information needed for your growth and development – was a fixed and unchanging set of “instructions” that directed the body’s processes from birth to death. But new insights from the emerging field of epigenetics suggest that these genetic instructions can be modified by external factors, with profound implications for health, wellness, disease and the aging process.

 

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Summertime Lyme?

 

Late summer and early fall in East Tennessee is the perfect time to make fun outdoor memories. Take a few minutes to google Smoky Mountains. You will find pages of activities ranging from hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, fly fishing, tubing, and picnicking. The adventure options are endless.  Start making your plans!

 

Summer. Outdoors. What could possibly go wrong?

 

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