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  • Treatment Lyme Disease | Raising Awareness: Victor Woman Discusses Her Battle With Lyme Disease

    May 3rd, 2013Adminlyme diseae treatment

    VICTOR ” Today is a good day for Brenna Faulk.

    Sitting at her kitchen table with her tiny dog named Dino in her lap, the 39-year-old former personal trainer is enjoying the warmth of the sunshine pouring through the window.

    She’s upright. She’s not in bed. She’s feeling halfway well.

    Today is a good day.

    Over the last six years, she has had plenty of the other.

    She and her family were still in Louisiana six years ago when she caught strep throat. She’s never been the same since.

    Suffering with pain, fatigue, fever and a variety of other symptoms that physicians couldn’t quite put their finger on the cause, Faulk spent years not quite sure what was happening inside her body.

    On most days, she couldn’t get out of bed.

    “I was a runner at one time,” she said. “At one point, I felt like a truck had hit me when I tried to get up and walk.”

    Last August, she finally received a diagnosis that made sense when a blood test came back positive for Lyme disease.

    Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. The bacterium that causes the disease was identified in 1981 by Rocky Mountain Laboratories scientist Willy Bergdorf.

    If the disease is diagnosed and treated early, a relatively short course of antibiotics has been shown effective as a cure.

    And then there are cases like Faulk’s that have caused a split in the medical community that continues today.

    “I’ve been told that I have chronic Lyme disease,” she said. “The CDC says it doesn’t exist.”

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also doesn’t support the prolonged course of antibiotics that Faulk’s current physician has prescribed. While the CDC acknowledges that people infected with Lyme disease have lingering symptoms, the agency says there are no studies that show that long-term use of antibiotics make a difference.

    The CDC doesn’t even agree with the term chronic Lyme disease. It says the condition is known as Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.

    Whatever it’s called, Faulk said she’s finally finding relief with her current treatment regimen. Each day, she takes about 50 pills and five times a week, she injects herself with three IVs of antibiotics.

    “I wouldn’t be sitting here today and talking about this if I hadn’t made the decision to give this a try,” she said. “It took seven months before I even started to see a real

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