Lyme disease cases are on a rise in Australia, but many people are still unaware or have little knowledge about this illness. Let’s read a story of a Lyme disease patient, who also faced a situation where doctors were unable to identify that he was suffering from Lyme disease.
Matthew’s Lyme Disease Story:
I live in Australia and Lyme infection just changed my life. It removed whole nutrition benefits from my eating routine. It created agony and weariness so persevering that I limited my life to the basic needs (like working all day and doing essential house chores), and later ignored those relying upon how terrible I felt.
Suffering from Lyme is like been affected by flu – throughout the day, consistently. It devastated my body, making such high amounts of inflammation that my body was always feeling hurt, burned, numb, and tingled throughout the day. My body temperature was also dropped due to this illness.
Lyme took on my psyche, as well. On the awful days, I failed to recall that where streets I regularly you to travel went. Some funny (scary) things I did were:
- Left my car running with the keys inside and went to the supermarket.
- At an airport, I took my travel bag from sensors where only people were allowed.
- Find difficult to do even small calculations to help my kid with homework.
- Left the tap open after washing my hands, and this happened most of the times.
Step by step, this illness transformed me into a person I never anticipated that would be me in my life. And then, at a point in life I realised that I’m suffering from chronic illness and this was the lifestyle I adapted.
Many years passed and I didn’t even know the name of ‘chronic illness’ I was suffering from. Now I think that the tingling and numbness feeling was the dawn of this problem. Numerous tests failed to indicate anything. One doctor thought that I was suffering from diabetes, despite the fact that my sugar levels were well inside the normal range. I simply chose to disagree with the doctor, and I knew I was right.
I became sicker gradually throughout the following three years. I looked for treatments for the occurrences of mysterious rash, extreme fatigue, food allergies, the killing pain in joints, and the never-ending low level fever.
I underwent expensive tests recommended by doctors, which come either normal or negative. Sometimes, I felt so wrecked emotionally, physically and financially that I decided to give up everything and run away. Then, the things become even worse as I suffered from extreme pain, fatigue and gastrointestinal problems.
Then, my life took another U-turn, when I visited an experienced doctor in Sydney. He did some test, analysed my medical history and told me that I’m suffering from Lyme disease. He started my Lyme disease treatment and I had positive results within a week. I felt more lively and healthy within a month. My body started reacting to the Lyme disease treatment offered by that expert doctor and soon I was fully fit.
Now, I have joined college in Australia back again (I left because my performance was severely hurt by Lyme) to get my degree. My life is back on the right track again. I shared my story because I don’t want anyone else to go through the same what I did. Remember, only visit expert doctors, if you think that you’re suffering from a chronic illness.