Help us get Lyme disease recognised in Australia.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme is the most common tick-borne disease in the northern hemisphere and is caused by Borrelia bacteria entering the body through a bite from a tick.
The illness can affect many organs and other body systems and has been known to mimic other illnesses such as lupus. The ticks often transport other diseases into their victims, which places more strain on the immune system.
Sufferers can experience uncontrollable convulsions, unrelenting nausea, constant leg tremors and agonising joint pain.
Why is it difficult to get treatment?
The existence of Lyme disease in Australia has been consistently refuted by doctors and in 2014 a clinical advisory committee identified a lack of stringency in testing procedures in Australia.
People diagnosed with the condition have had to travel as far as Germany for treatment because in Australia, treatment for Lyme disease is not funded by the Australian Government.
It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. And it takes an incredible toll on the body.
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