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It’s summer…Time for cottages, long walks and to educate yourself about Lyme Disease – Protect Yourself This Summer!
Lyme disease is becoming a great concern for Canadians (and their pets). The ticks that transmit Lyme disease are less than 4 millimetres in size and the effects of Lyme disease can be debilitating.
In the U.S., it is estimated that Lyme disease has surged by 320% and climate change is amongst one of the reasons.
Lyme disease has been thrust in the public eye recently as Avril Lavigne shared her story about her battle with chronic Lyme disease and the time it took for her to receive her diagnosis. It helped to bring awareness to a disease that is considered to be underreported and often misdiagnosed.
What is Lyme disease?
According to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) is an inflammatory infection that spreads to humans through tick bites. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria known as borrelia, and there are many strains of this bacteria, with some strains being stronger than others. There are 3 stages of Lyme disease. The first stage is “early infection”, and is the first few days after infection. The next stage takes place when the infection spreads, in the days or weeks following the onset of infection. The third stage, is called “Chronic Lyme”, and occurs when the infection is left untreated, or has not been properly treated and can last for months or years after the onset of infection. Symptoms get worse during each stage of infection.
According to CanLyme, there are over 100 known symptoms of Lyme disease. Symptoms can appear over time, can come and go and 50% of people don’t recall being bitten. The symptoms of Lyme disease can affect your musculoskeletal system, senses, mental capability, psychological well-being, digestive system, respiratory, circulatory and neurological systems.
Symptoms can include, and are not limited to (courtesy of CanLyme - http://canlyme.com/lyme-basics/symptoms/):
Lyme disease can be mistaken for other illnesses and is hard to diagnose and treat. It is a frustrating process for patients as blood tests can show negative test results when the disease is present. It is recommended that Lyme disease be diagnosed clinically so that diagnosis would be based on an evaluation of risk and your symptoms. It is tough to diagnose as symptoms are similar to other illnesses. Only a handful of blood tests can effectively detect Lyme bacteria and that is another reason why the infection is missed.
Some tips for prevention of Lyme disease are:
The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates understand that a person who is experiencing chronic Lyme disease may be unable to work as a result of his or her ongoing symptoms. If you have submitted a claim for long-term disability benefits, and your claim has been denied, for any reason, do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free, initial consultation. There are no up front legal fees. We don’t get paid until you get paid.
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