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Lyme Disease Has 'Dominated' My Life

Wednesday 19 June 2019


From BBC Scotland:


Morven-May MacCallum
Morven-May MacCallum is still suffering
nine years after starting treatment.

Lyme disease has 'dominated' my life

By Fiona Stalker
17 June 2019
Copyright © 2019 BBC.

Morven-May MacCallum says her life is still "completely dominated" by Lyme disease, nine years on from starting treatment.

About 200 people a year in Scotland are recorded with the disease but the true number is thought to be much higher.

The disease is a bacterial infection spread by a bite from an infected tick.

Scotland's chief medical officer has written to all of the country's NHS boards and GPs urging them to be vigilant about Lyme disease.

Catherine Calderwood's advice comes amid an increase in the number of cases of the debilitating condition.

She said doctors should be alert to the risks if the patient has a history of walking in the outdoors in areas where there are ticks.

Ms Calderwood said it was hard for GPs because a patient's symptoms could be vague - tiredness, muscle ache, maybe a runny nose - and the likelihood of it being Lyme disease was quite small.

There is a distinctive rash which is shaped like a bullseye but not everyone gets one and this can make diagnosis tricky.



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