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This short trailer for the documentary about Lyme disease 'Under Our Skin' paints a picture all-too-familiar to fatigue sufferers. The patients interviewed have all been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis, ALS, lupus, chronic fatigue and that old chestnut - the psychosomatic disorder.
The film shows the polarisation of the medical community between the doctors who have woken up to the growing problem and those that think it is simply the latest medical 'fad'. Meanwhile patients are being left to fend for themselves with this disabling disease.
The Lyme Disease trailer is available to watch below (6 mins).
Facts about Lyme disease
Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the US and is rapidly spreading within other countries too, possibly due to global warming. It was first identified in 1975 in Lyme, Connecticut, USA from where it derives its name. It is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is carried by ticks in the same way that mosquitoes carry malaria. The original tick bite transfers the bacterium and whilst there is often an angry rash initially, this may go unnoticed by the sufferer. It is thought that the tick needs to be attached for some period of time in order to transfer the bacterium, and if identified and treated in a timely fashion a simple course of antibiotics is thought to prevent most of the horrendous consequences.
Symptoms of Lyme disease (from the most to least common) include:
An initial rash
A generalised feeling of illness and malaise
A profound fatigue
A stiff neck
General aches and pains
Arthritic symptoms most commonly of the knees, but can shift from one joint to another. Symptoms may be continuous or intermittent. Up to 1 in every 5 people with untreated Lyme disease will go on to develop chronic arthritis.
Neurological symptoms such as numbness and weakness of the limbs and palsies or paralysis
Changes in sleeping habits
Arrhythmias of the heart
Hepatitis (infection of the liver) and
Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
Health officials think that over 90% of Lyme diseases cases are incorrectly diagnosed and therefore untreated. The disease can also be transferred congenitally from mother to child.
For details of Lyme disease support organisations see the Useful Contacts page.
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Under our skin: Article summary
This article accompanies a video trailer for a film about Lyme disease entitled 'Under our skin'. It examines the growing problem of the tick-borne bacterial infection caused by Borrelia berdorferi. The symptoms of Lyme disease are listed.
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The Natural Recovery Plan Newsletter November 2010 Issue 11. Copyright Alison Adams 2010. All rights reserved Dr Alison Adams Dentist, Naturopath, Author and Online Health Coach www.thenaturalrecoveryplan.com