How do you catch Lyme disease?
The commonest way to catch Lyme disease is from a tick bite. Many people are unaware that they could catch Lyme disease just by sitting on the grass in their own garden, or even from playing with their pet indoors. Find out how to protect your family and pets >>
Every year, there are 65% more Lyme disease cases than the previous year
The European Centre for Disease control and the WHO have recorded this growth rate in Europe for 20 years, but now it may be accelerating. This year, researchers at Bristol university have found 1 dog in 3 in the UK carrying a tick. The dramatic increase in tick numbers may be driven by global warming. If the current growth rate continues, Lyme disease will be an official epidemic in the UK by 2028. Read more about the rapid spread of Lyme disease >>
How do you know if you have Lyme disease?
Lyme can start slowly and feel like flu, or hit people like a sledgehammer. One third of people who catch Lyme disease develop a chronic infection, which leaves 75% of its victims too ill to work for the rest of their lives. 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. Lyme disease can be cured if diagnosed and treated as soon as you catch it. Learn to recognise the symptoms of Lyme disease >>
What is it like having Lyme disease?
“I am only eleven, and have been unable to run around and play with my friends for almost two years,” one patient told Caudwell Lyme Disease. Another explained, “With no way of explaining to anyone why I was permanently ill, I had to struggle on with no knowledge of my true condition. Imagine that. Even people with cancer can explain why they are ill. I never could – not even to myself.” Visit our patients’ page to read more stories of living with Lyme disease >>
The average Lyme patient costs the NHS more than the national average wage every year
This is based on the results of the Caudwell Lyme Disease survey of 500 uncured Lyme patients. We also found that 75% of long-term Lyme patients are too ill to work full time, or at all; and that 29% of patients are ill for 10 years before they get a Lyme disease diagnosis. Most patients want antibiotics to tackle their infections instead of the painkillers, anti-depressants and irrelevant investigations they are usually prescribed. Read the survey results >>
94% of people with Lyme disease have at least one other chronic infection
For doctors to understand why Lyme victims are so hard to cure, they need to stop thinking of Lyme as an isolated infection. It is usually part of a whole collection of illnesses that damage the immune system; we have nicknamed this condition LymeCo. The average tick carries 16 different types of bacteria and viruses, so the majority of people catch more than one disease when bitten, and others once they are chronically ill. Find out about the other risks of tick bites >>
Does 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.
Singer 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.
Bestselling 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.