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Lancaster Man's 12-Year Fight To Have Debilitating Condition Recognised
Monday 23 July 2018
Lancaster man’s 12-year fight to have debilitating condition recognised
Simon Hutchinson was just months away from graduating from Lancaster University and had his first job lined up when out of the blue he contracted Lyme disease.
Now 32, Simon has been unable to work since due to the crippling symptoms caused by the condition – which he says many doctors still won’t recognise.
“I was repeatedly told I didn’t have anything wrong with me, that it was all in my head,” he said.
“Overnight I went from an energetic Lancaster University graduate with a first class degree and promising career to a very sick, exhausted and confused disabled patient who was repeatedly accused of wasting doctors’ time.”
Lyme disease is contracted through tick bites and if not treated correctly in the early stages can have a devastating impact on health, as the bacteria can infect different parts of the body and brain.
After years of carrying out his own research, private tests and therapies, strict diets and expensive supplements, Simon looked abroad, sending a blood test to Germany which came back positive for Lyme disease.
“This was even in the face of my doctor’s continued insistance that it was a waste of time and would come back normal or even that the condition doesn’t exist,” he said.
Simon has since been ‘officially’ diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, but continues to fight to prove that Lyme disease is a condition which needs to be taken more seriously.
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