L Y M E disease.
Please, tell me if you see an S on the end of any of those words above.
No, you don’t. Because there isn’t an S. There never has been, and there never will be.
Why is it called Lyme Disease?
Lyme, Connecticut is the ‘birth’ place for Lyme disease. In 1975 a group of children and adults began experiencing abnormal arthritic symptoms. The first 51 cases of Lyme arthritis were described in 1977. This same year, the Ixodes scapularis (the black-legged) tick was connected to the symptoms and transmission of Lyme disease. Five years later, 1982, Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, was discovered. Resulting from this discovery, the Arthritis Foundation produced the first brochure that addressed Lyme disease. Lyme disease continues to be spread by ticks, but more and more studies, testing and evidence tells us that the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is transmitted by flies, mosquitos, blood transfusions from infected people (infected people that don’t know they’re infected), during pregnancy (from the mother to the baby), and several other ways. Lyme disease was ‘born’ in Lyme, Connecticut, but has grown and adapted across state lines and bodies of water.
Lyme is ONE disease.
Lyme disease isn’t multiple diseases, however, Lyme often causes multiple symptoms. Think about this:
– Cancer doesn’t have an S on the end. Cancer is one disease, however someone with cancer may present more than one symptom. Someone (though unlikely) may have multiple types of cancer, but wouldn’t say, “I have cancers.” Instead, they would probably say, “I have ___ Cancer and ___ Cancer.”
– Arthritis is one disease. Arthritis may affect more than one joint, but it is still one disease.
– Epilepsy is one disease. One may have more than one type of seizure with epilepsy, but they have epilepsy. Not epilepsys. Same goes for Lyme disease.
– Lyme is one disease, with many symptoms. More often than not, someone with Lyme also presents with a co-infection (sometimes more than one), but that does not mean they have Lymes. Lyme is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, co-infections are caused by other bacteria. One may have Lyme disease and (a) co-infection(s) (or shortened to co(s)).
So a short overview…
Lyme disease was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut; not Lymes, Connecticut.
Lyme disease is one disease, caused by one bacterium (that has multiple strains/variations that are adaptations of the bacterium that was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut). Lyme disease is a complex disease, and often comes with other infections; but Lyme is still Lyme, caused by Borrelia.
Please, for the sake of Lyme victims, and for the sake of yourself, don’t sound stupid, and don’t say Lymes. It’s Lyme. Lyme disease. No s.
A couple of things before you go…
- Lyme disease is found nearly everywhere in the northern hemisphere. The CDC’s “endemic” areas are a bit of a joke. Lyme is more popular in certain parts of the U.S. and the world, but Lyme disease can be contracted nearly anywhere.
- The CDC’s supposed number of 300,000+ cases per year is increasing, fast. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are sick with Lyme/co-infections, but they’ve been undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed. The reality of treating Lyme is that the infection is never truly eradicated from the body. We, as Lyme patients, work hard to put the infection into remission, and then we must keep our immune systems working optimally to avoid further infection that could lead to a relapse.
“She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink.”
**** If you would like to read more about Lyme disease, chronic Lyme, transmission, where it originated from, the various co-infections, and some things everyone should know, simply click the links. If you really want to see life with Lyme disease, watch Under Our Skin (first one), and Under Our Skin 2: Emergence.
Here is the “Under Our Skin” trailer: