Caudwell LymeCo charity

Boy with dog Sian Evans 1How do you catch Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is transmitted by tick bites. Many people are unaware that they could catch several kinds of tick borne diseases just sitting on the grass in their own garden, or even playing with their pet indoors. Find out how to protect your family and pets >>

Adam Hughes Photography-1950-2How do you know if you have Lyme disease?

Lyme can start slowly and feel like flu, or hit people like a sledgehammer. It can imitate dozens of other illnesses, including thyroid disease and mental illness, and typically causes severe exhaustion and chronic pain. The commonest trigger of death from Lyme disease is heart conditions, according to the American Centre for Disease Control. It is believed that the earlier Lyme disease is treated, the more easily it can be cured. Learn to recognise the symptoms of Lyme disease >>

Adam Hughes Photography-1505Don’t ticks carry other dangerous diseases, too?

Ticks can carry 16 different types of bacteria, viruses and parasites  which are known to cause disease in humans. Lyme disease causing persistent illness sometimes occurs with a collection of infections and an apparently impaired immune system; we have nicknamed this condition of Lyme disease and co-infections  “LymeCo”. 94% of people with long-term Lyme disease symptoms have at least one other chronic infection, according to a Caudwell LymeCo patient survey. Find out about other tick borne diseases >>

nice-signCaudwell LymeCo and the NHS

Medical care on the National Health Service is the only affordable healthcare option for the majority of UK citizens. Caudwell LymeCo tries to support the NHS in working to provide the best possible care for people with tick borne diseases. The charity CEO is a lay-member of the NICE guidelines committee for Lyme disease. The committee evaluates and discusses research on Lyme disease to form evidence-based diagnostic and treatment guidelines for Lyme disease in England and Wales. The process is expected to be complete near the end of 2018. Read more >>

montagnier_LucDoes Lyme infection cause other chronic diseases? Nobel Prize Winner Luc Montagnier explains the clues.

A number of scientists have noticed signs suggesting bacterial infection in many chronic diseases of unknown cause, including Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Autism, ALS and Motor Neurone Syndrome, amongst others. Here, Professor Montagnier, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the HIV virus that causes AIDS, outlines some of the clues which should be researched.

Avril-Lavigne - CopySinger Avril Lavigne tells ABC News how doctors dismissed her when she caught Lyme Disease

Avril Lavigne breaks down in tears as she explains to an ABC reporter why seeking a diagnosis for Lyme disease was the worst time of her life. Being wealthy and famous gave her no protection against suffering the very same dismissal and mistaken diagnoses as so many others whose lives are brought to a standstill by Lyme disease.

AmyTan41Bestselling author Amy Tan talks of the devastating effects Lyme disease can have on the mind

Author of the global sensation “The Joy Luck Club” and other bestselling novels, Amy Tan describes suffering Lyme-induced hallucinations and other terrifying symptoms whilst seeing one specialist after another, desperately seeking a diagnosis. Eventually, like many Lyme sufferers, she realised for herself that she had Lyme disease when she recognised a picture of a Lyme disease rash that looked exactly like her own.