Chronic Lyme Disease: Background information when reading Sick

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Sick

A Memoir

by Porochista Khakpour

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Sick by Porochista Khakpour
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Chronic Lyme Disease

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Porochista Khakpour's Sick is a memoir of living with chronic Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection, specifically a bite from a tick bearing the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. B. burgdorferi is one of just a few spirochetes, or 'spiral-shaped' bacteria, to be identified to date. (The pathogen that causes syphilis is another.) In the USA, the hot spots are the Northeast (from Maine to Virginia), the West coast, and Wisconsin and Minnesota. In these areas, hiking, gardening, and walking a dog through tall grass are considered particularly risky activities. Lyme disease also occurs in Europe and Asia.

The telltale bulls-eye rash that might foretell Lyme Tick bites often result in a noticeable bull's-eye rash, but not always. The rash is not necessarily indicative of Lyme, but if one does present itself, it's a good idea to get a blood test to rule out the disease. Other signs that can appear almost right away include swollen lymph nodes and cold- or flu-type symptoms. If diagnosed and treated ...

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