Questions linger about Lyme disease
Conny Johnson, 45, of Cottageville, was diagnosed with Lyme disease eight weeks ago. After she began researching the disease, she saw parallels in her life — knee pain, neck pain and headaches.
For decades, she tried to live with the symptoms. But when she began working 10-hour days in 2002, "It nearly killed me," she said. A series of misdiagnoses and pain treatments followed, which only aggravated her condition, she said.
Johnson's husband, Jimmie, will drive her on a mattress in the back of their van to Columbia on Thursday for a Lyme disease advocate rally.
"I want to meet other people in the same boat I am," Johnson said.
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted by deer ticks. Symptoms typically include a bulls-eye rash at the site of the tick bite, fever, headache and muscle or joint pain. If diagnosed early, the infection can usually be cleared with a two-week course of antibiotics.
However, the course of the disease beyond its early presentation, including diagnosis and treatment, is a controversial topic among health care providers and patients.
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