Why Don't Doctors in the U.S. Diagnose Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease was first diagnosed in 1975 in Old Lyme, Connecticut. It was originally thought the symptoms were of juvenile arthritis.
Lyme disease is caused by the bite of the blacklegged tick. The tick transmits bacteria in the human body causing infection. A few symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, fever, headache, and skin rashes. Lyme disease can be treated within a few weeks if diagnosed properly and quickly. If left untreated, you may face severe problems like nervous system problems, heart disease, and joint inflammation. The symptoms may disappear and then later reappear more severely.
There are a number of reasons why doctors in the U.S cannot diagnose Lyme disease easily. One is that it is very difficult to diagnose. Very often, the infected person does not realize or recognize the early symptoms as being very severe and they ignore it. Consequently, they only seek medical help when the disease is in a later stage and the symptoms have become worse.
It’s very important to treat the infection as soon as your doctor has given the diagnosis. The treatment, up until lately, has been a course of antibiotics over 2 or 3 weeks. However, research now recommends multiple treatments. Intravenous treatment is often required for late-stage infection.