Late Diagnosis Complicates Lyme Disease Symptoms
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It was March of 2012 when Jenna Wehry noticed she’s been bitten by a tick. She took all the proper steps — she went to the doctor, brought them the bug — but with no ring rash, doctors assumed she was fine.
About a year later, Jenna started to suspect she wasn’t.
“I experienced fatigue and joint pain and trouble forming sentences, and especially light and sound sensitivity were really hard for me,” says Jenna.
She adds, “Short tern memory — I’ll go out to dinner and I won’t remember anything that happened at dinner.”
More than a year after the initial bite, getting an accurate diagnosis proved difficult.
“I went through doctors and doctors, specialists, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and finally the last thing I was like, ‘I was bit by a tick, could that be anything?” says Jenna.
The diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease.
Jenna was put on antibiotics, but as soon as she finished the medicine, her symptoms returned. Because her symptoms went untreated for so long, Jenna says it’s likely she’ll be battling the disease for the rest of her life.
“I’ve been undergoing Rife machine treatments, which are things that I hold and place my feet on a metal mat and it sends electromagnetic currents throughout my body to kind of shake the spirochetes off of my muscle fibers or wherever they’re hiding,” says Jenna. “I was actually taking 48 pills a day, whether they were herbs, antibiotics, just a bunch of mixtures but now that my treatment is getting more intensive, I need to start taking more pills.”
Jenna graduates next week, which will give her more time to focus on her health. The hope is that one day her Lyme Disease will go into remission.
Until then, she has some advice for anyone who notices they’ve been bitten.
“You should definitely seek medical attention and make sure that you get at least 28 days of antibiotics because that could just save you right there,” says Jenna.
Lyme Disease is commonly referred to as ‘The Great Imitator,’ because people with the Lyme Disease can experience thousands of different symptoms — everything from memory loss to food allergies.
The disease is often misdiagnosed, so it’s always important to tell your doctor when you experience a tick bite.