Unrecognized Lyme disease leads to 16 joint surgeries

Sept. 19, 2022

By Meghan Holohan

When Meghan Bradshaw began fainting and experiencing joint pain, she visited many doctors. At first, they suspected that she might have a vitamin D deficiency or that she was anemic.

By her early 20s, her symptoms became “debilitating” and she passionately searched for answers. After years of being misdiagnosed, she learned she has Lyme disease, which caused arthritis, leading to 16 joint surgeries before the age of 30.

Meghan Bradshaw has had the joints in her lower extremities completely replaced. A late diagnosis of Lyme arthritis plus a connective tissue disorder likely contributed to the severity of her joint deterioration and the need for so many joint replacements before turning 30. (Courtesy Meghan Bradshaw)

“While it’s extreme, my story really highlights a lot of the things that other people experience, like delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis and having a general unawareness of the dangers of ticks,” the 29-year-old told TODAY.



Important quote:

When Lyme disease goes untreated, the chance of developing arthritis increases. Lyme arthritis often starts in the knee, Gaston said.

About 60% will end up with some arthritis,” Gaston said.


I am currently dealing with this now.

While I am not a doctor, it is my experience and opinion that the quicker you deal with this inflammation/pain the better.  Allowing this process to fester could lead to irreversible damage.  The root, of course, is inflammation which must be addressed and dealt with.

Things that have helped tremendously:
  • MSM & DMSO
  • Proteolytic/Systemic enzymes
  • LDN
  • CBD
  • Niacinamide/vitamin C protocol
  • Curcumin
  • Diet can have a huge impact.  Gluten was my problem, but never appeared to be a problem before.  Removing it has made all the difference. I’m not celiac.  Some also struggle with dairy or the nightshade plants as well as alcohol and sugar.  Do an elimination diet to determine if getting rid of these things can help you.
  • Staying hydrated with water
  • Various laser therapies
  • Heat therapies
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • If you are willing to spend $50, you may want to read a brief testimonial from someone who used  “The Arthritis Strategy” by Shelly Manning.  While I have not used it myself, it appears to be sound advice – although as always “buyer beware.”  It’s always wise to run things by your LLMD to make sure.  What’s nice about this is it’s about a month long strategy that will educate you fairly quickly on the things you can tangibly do yourself that could make a world of difference.  Sometimes it’s overwhelming to attack all these issues on your own.  With this strategy, you will have someone who has been there, giving you advice that worked for them.

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