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Don’t you find it intriguing that only adults are coming out with Lyme disease?

It can’t be because the symptoms appeared when they were past their teens. You may experience them soon after being bitten by a black-legged tick – the common spreader of the illness. It can’t also be due to the patient’s lack of belief that he or she has a disease. Though you can avoid paying attention to sneezing or coughing, you’ll know that something’s wrong with you when you’re always sick.

Well, the real reason is that physicians, in general, have a hard time diagnosing Lyme disease. It’s not that they need to do it manually. It’s mostly because:

There Isn’t A Better Testing System Available

When you go to a clinic to get checked for Lyme, doctors typically use the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. It seems effective initially because it aims to identify the antibodies to a Lyme-causing bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. The problem, however, is that your cells may not always react positively to the testing substance. The results may then come back negative, and you can’t receive any diagnosis.

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It’s A Trickster Kind Of Illness

Lyme disease comes with symptoms that are more common in various illnesses. For instance, the Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne once heard from one of the doctors that she had chronic fatigue. The others, meanwhile, deduced that she suffered from depression. It turns out later that she is a carrier of Lyme disease.

You Accept The False Diagnosis

In case you meet a physician who doesn’t want you to leave his or her office empty-handed, you might get diagnosed with a wrong disease. He or she might recommend a specific treatment for that illness and even insist that there’s no way you have Lyme.

The reality is that you can go to a different doctor and not accept that kind of diagnosis. Although you can’t confirm the Lyme disease yourself, you know that it’s more than exhaustion or dehydration that you’re feeling. Hence, doing otherwise entails that you might waste time and money on the wrong disease and receive Lyme diagnosis too late.

Other IllnessesAre Already In Motion

What’s crazy about an infection-spreading tick is that it cannot solely give you Lyme. The latter may be what it’s known for, but the truth is that it can also cause or activate other illnesses in your body.

An excellent example of that is a man named Griffin Thomas from a related article ofToday. He had to wait for 11 years before the doctors confirmed that the aching joints, the drooping side of his face, and the bull’s eye rash are due to Lyme. Nevertheless, it became apparent as well that Griffin developed autoimmune diseases because of the bug bite. If there’s one thing to talk about such disorders, it’s the fact that they are incurable at the moment. For that reason, apart from the Lyme, he also had to deal with the pain brought by his own immune system.

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There’s still a long trek ahead of us before the diagnosis for Lyme disease becomes as easy as knowing if you have diabetes. Despite that, even though your physicians can’t diagnose it, you should follow your instincts and never accept a misdiagnosis.

Good luck!