We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Also with the caveat that, if not treated promptly, the infection can spread to the whole body and cause permanent damage to the joints, nerves, and skin. Antibiotics will kill the bacteria and stop further progression, but the injury you've already suffered may take a long time to heal (and for a few percent of patients, it may not be curable at all). That is, you may still be left with arthritis in your knees, or worsened migraines, or a facial palsy, or whatever already happened, even after the bacteria are long gone. (Long term antibiotics won't help.)
Extra bonus: Otzi the Iceman tested positive for the bacterium's DNA-- he's the oldest known case of Lyme disease.
If you don't get treated quickly, you get seriously kicked to the curb by Lyme. I think that takes a powerful psychological toll, leading people to think that their tiredness is chronic something-or-other (probably Lyme because they've had that).
I don't think we should take such "it's all in your head" explanations so lightly. The joke among mental health providers is "yeah, and don't worry about drowning. It's all in your lungs." Fighting back is hard, and those who haven't done it should be prepared to STFU.
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I defy those who scoff at Lyme sufferers to let themselves be infected, go a month or two , get the standard pathetic regime of two weeks oral antibiotics to be told they are cured. And thereafter be told that the possible subsequent arthritis, fatigue, and auto-immune system going haywire they get are "all in your head" without becoming a tad testy.
I believe that some people may be slightly more susceptible to after effects, even when treated by antibiotics. Just as some people get allergic symptoms and others do not, in response to pollen or dairy or seafood, some people who get Lyme become chronically ill with a variety of annoying to disabling problems afterwards. And some do not. In a similar manner, some people exposed to TB merely convert to PPD positive but do not become ill, while others suffer, become ill and contagious.
People vary enormously, and to say that Lyme is all psychological is cruel and medically a cop out. Perhaps people become depressed , anxious or even (gasp) neurotic after being disbelieved, patronized and not receiving help. After becoming Victims of the medical quacks who rush in to profit from the fact that mainstream medicine has no interest in helping them.
I know a young male family friend, athlete, teenager , felled by this disease, as were most of his family. The joys of country life! Like us, all treated several times for Lyme because no one I know cowers indoors unless a lazy POS who hires others to do their yardwork or someone who never hikes, etc. Only he became truly disabled by it. He is not a head case. Blaming the victim is unworthy of medical professionals and unChristian.