Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common in the UK. Official estimates are up to 3000 new UK cases a year 1, although patients and GP’s2 suspect that this figure is a large underestimate. Some cases of Lyme can be relatively mild, resulting in a flu-like illness, fatigue and malaise, which can resolve with short courses of antibiotics. However, some cases are much more serious, resulting in long term, debilitating symptoms such as arthritis, nerve damage, pain in muscles and joints, headaches, dizziness, nausea, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, hearing and sight problems, bladder and gynaecological problems, digestive disturbances and food intolerances, weakness in one or more limbs, severe fatigue, numbness, facial palsy, rash, confusion, anxiety, difficulty thinking clearly, emotional outbursts and rage, dementia, seizures, strokes, cardiac problems, and rarely, death3, 4.
Unfortunately, this serious, chronic Lyme is not fully recognised by UK doctors and medical organisations/authorities, and patients are usually misdiagnosed and /or not given adequate or appropriate treatment. Blood tests may be unreliable5,6,7,8. Often patients are told it is all in their heads 9. Chronic Lyme disease is a serious, yet treatable illness – yet chronic Lyme patients are left to deteriorate or else they must pay for expensive private treatment and diagnosis. Lyme patients across the world are standing up to be counted and are demanding action- NOW!!!