“My right knee will hurt and sometimes my right wrist will lock up,” said Mabry.
All her symptoms could be explained away. Mabry was in the middle of writing a children’s book, “Hi It’s me! I have ADHD” and she was about to have her fourth child.
“I said, ‘I’m exhausted because I’m pregnant. My knee hurts because I did too much today,'” said Mabry.
But the reality was much more serious. After her son was born she found out she had Lyme Disease, a bacteria transmitted through tick bites that could lead to swelling of the brain and heart.
“Internally you feel like something is eating away at you. You feel like you have the flu, you just ran a marathon. You’re fatigued. Like right now I’m experiencing hot and cold,” said Mabry.
Her doctor thinks Mabry got it last summer, likely from the forest preserve by her house. And she’s not alone. Since 2004, Lyme Disease has tripled. Latest numbers show Wisconsin ranks fourth in reported cases. Mabry’s diagnosis means daily antibiotic IV treatments.
“It’s life-altering,” said Mabry.
Though there is a chance her pain and other symptoms might never go away.
“I’m generally a positive person. And I am trying so hard to stay positive but when you feel awful so often it’s hard sometimes,” said Mabry.
Experts recommend that you wear long sleeves and pants if you are going to be out in long grass or in wooded areas where ticks are likely to be. They also suggest you use an insect repellant with at least 20 percent DEET.
For more information about how to prevent tick bites, visit the CDC’s website.
There are numerous things about this article that I’m thankful to see:
- Many don’t see the tick or rash. In fact, fewer than 50% recall a tick bite or a rash: http://www.ilads.org/lyme/about-lyme.php
- It’s quite normal for patients to blame previous injuries, stress, and other things for their symptoms, only the symptoms progress and worsen. Never let a doctor discount your symptoms. Be your own advocate. Lyme/MSIDS is the great imitator and looks like 300 different diseases.
- It is common for pregnancy to worsen symptoms. While the CDC/IDSA/NIH deny sexual or breast milk transmission, they admit it can infect the placenta and cause possible still-birth. There is actual science on congenital transfer: http://www.researchfraud.com/fetal-lyme-borreliosis/ (Two listed below but this link as a gad-load more)
However, there are some things that need to be addressed.
We need “experts” to start acknowledging and factoring in coinfections and that patients are rarely infected with just borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme Disease: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/07/01/one-tick-bite-could-put-you-at-risk-for-at-least-6-different-diseases/ (The actual number is 16 and counting…..)
We desperately need transmission studies on virtually everything. I’m so tired of hearing “experts” repeat ancient, 30 year old mantras that Lyme is not spread in any other way than the dastardly black legged tick. There’s just too much evidence to the contrary!
Willy Burgdorfer, the discoverer of Lyme, stated: “… now we had found a spirochete capable of spreading transplacentally to the organs of the fetus, causing congenital heart disease and possible death of the infant  ; REVIEWS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES • VOL. 8, NO.6· NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1986
“We report the case of a woman who developed Lyme disease during the first trimester of pregnancy. She did not receive antibiotic therapy. Her infant born at 35 weeks gestational age, died of congenital heart disease during the first week of life. Histologic examination of autopsy material showed the Lyme disease spirochete in the spleen, kidneys, and bone marrow. An autopsy of the infant showed widespread congenital cardiovascular abnormalities. … There was no evidence of inflammation …” Schlesinger PA et al. Ann Intern Med 1985;103:67-8
As to sexual transmission, Dr. Rawls, OBGYN states it’s possible: https://rawlsmd.com/health-articles/can-lyme-be-sexually-transmitted
As to sexual, congenital and transmission via breastmilk, Dr. Howenstein states: http://www.samento.com.ec/sciencelib/4lyme/Townsendhowens.html “There is compelling evidence that Lyme disease (LD) can be spread by sexual and congenital transfer. One physician has cared for 5000 children with LD: 240 of these children were born with the disease. Dr. Charles Ray Jones, the leading pediatric specialist on Lyme Disease, has found 12 breastfed children who have developed LD. Miscarriage, premature births, stillbirths, birth defects, and transplacental infection of the fetus have all been reported. Studies at the University of Vienna have found Bb in urine and breast milk of LD mothers.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have reported that dairy cattle can be infected with Bb, hence milk could be contaminated. Bb can also be transmitted to lab animals by oral intake such as food.”
Researchers need to quit clamoring about climate change and start doing legitimate, current, transmission studies!
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/08/14/canadian-tick-expert-climate-change-is-not-behind-lyme-disease/ “The climate change range expansion model is what the authorities have been using to rationalize how they have done nothing for more than thirty years. It’s a huge cover-up scheme that goes back to the 1980’s. The grandiose scheme was a nefarious plot to let doctors off the hook from having to deal with this debilitating disease. I caught onto it very quickly. Most people have been victims of it ever since.” This quote was given by none other than independent tick researcher, John Scott.