London news Lyme Disease sufferer on symptoms which went undiagnosed for 10 years Uk news
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Breaking News ! Many of you will have heard of Lyme Disease - a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. Common early symptoms include developing a circular red skin rash around a tick bite. It's usually easier to treat the disease if you are diagnosed early. But Marisa Michelle, 40, did not see that tick, and never got that tell-tale rash. 10 years later, she is still suffering as a result. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here. Marisa is originally from California, but thinks she got Lyme Disease here in London. Potentially in Richmond Park, she believes. "You have to be aware and be really careful if you're going to walk through [the park]," she said When the council worker became very ill, developing a full body rash, high fever and other flu-like symptoms, a doctor diagnosed her with shingles. "I felt like I was in a coma," she said, "But I never really accepted that diagnosis because shingles you get pain, but I had no pain. "But that's when I think I got Lyme Disease.
. "Almost like you just have a flu everyday," she said. She also began having "really bad" panic attacks on planes, the London Underground and at work. As an ex-journalist who has travelled a lot in her lifetime, these were things she hadn't experienced before. 'Nobody ever mentioned Lyme'
Marisa normally loves 'nothing more than to eat, dance, laugh and be laughed at'
(Image: Marisa Michelle)
Marisa kept going to different doctors, but they would tell her she had anxiety problems and depression. They gave her drugs and natural remedies that didn't work, testing her for conditions (diabetes, thyroid problems) for which the results always came back clear. "I knew something was wrong, but nobody ever mentioned Lyme," she said. Eventually, for a price of $2,000, a doctor in the United States tested Marisa, and she came back positive for Lyme Disease, "which even the doctor said he was surprised about". The tick also gave her co-infections (malaria-like Babesia, Bartonella, mycoplasma pneumonia, echovirus) and immune dysfunction. "That was 2019" Marisa said, "And then I came back [to London], and lockdown happened."
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