A single tick bite robbed Emma Love's health and the happy life she once knew.
Only five weeks after the Co Fermanagh woman spent a weekend camp in the Highlands of Scotland, she suddenly paralyzed and collapsed as she tried to get up.
Emma was dragged into bed, hoping that she only had the flu, but tragically her weakness in her legs was the first symptom of potentially fatal Lyme disease – and worse.
She was bitten by an unknown tick that sent a terrible bacterial infection to her bloodstream three years later.
For three years, she had a series of debilitating and often frightening symptoms, including not only correcting her intensity but also continuing without a proper diagnosis.
But now Emma knows that she has lost her chance of a full cure, but eventually made a diagnosis that led to the cure.
Emma said: “I suddenly became ill a few weeks after camping in the Highlands in Scotland in 2016. I was camping with my partner, Ryan. We had a great getaway, but we barely knew how much I had to pay for this little pleasure.
“One day when I started to stand up and my legs caused, I fell down. There was no strength in my legs, and although I came back slowly, my left leg remained numb, a needle, a needle, and weakness.
Orum I'm going back that weekend in the Highlands and I remember it was very happy and carefree, but it ruined my health and my life.
Im I've done several tests, including brain and spinal MRI, blood tests and neurological examinations.
“I was discharged a week later and I honestly learned that I didn't know what was wrong with me. I had to visit neurology as an outpatient.
“Then I couldn't use my left arm, it wasn't safe for me to stay on my own. I'd burn myself and I couldn't feel the burn on my left arm until it was too late. I couldn't get in and out of the bathroom, or even make myself tea.
Dim I was tested for all kinds of tests, including MS, and my symptoms continued to worsen.
Ay Every month I developed a new symptom or pain, and I did a lot of non-invasive and invasive tests, such as MRI, nerve conduction studies, and lumbar puncture.
Kan Functional Neurological Disorder, migraine, stuck nerves, fibromyalgia, costochondritis, ribs and inflammation of the hip joints were diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis.
Despite the best efforts of the NHS, it was only when Emma's great-aunt stated that the likelihood of Lyme disease suddenly became clear.
Home research has shown that each of his symptoms can be attributed to Lyme disease, and extensive tests by private experts have proved his aunt right.
Ma My mother searched the best laboratory for the Lyme disease test, and it was completed in Germany, and the results came a week later, Em Emma said.
D They have demonstrated chronic Lyme Disease or Lyme Neuroborreliosis; This means that these bacteria harbor itself in my brain. I also have co-infections and a very suppressed immune system.
“So after three years of suffering, I got an answer now.
Im In the NHS, I have followed every possible way to get the treatment I need, but due to lack of recognition and lack of resources in Northern Ireland, the options available have not yet responded.
Temel The main priority for my family and myself is that I will not heal again because I have lost three years of my life because of unexplained illnesses and misdiagnoses.
“Once again, we have no choice but to be special, but when my parents run out of payment methods for special appointments, I need to ask for help.
Dolayı I have been unable to work for two years because of this terrible disease. I really want this treatment so I can get better, go back to work and live a normal life of 29 years old.
Im I've been sick since I was 26, and I feel I'm lost a lot, this disease took a few years of my life, and now I know what caused the disease, I want to treat it and get better.
Utucu Scary because Chronic Lyme disease can cause death if left untreated. Right now I've had all the symptoms of the disease except heart problems, so I want to be treated as soon as possible.
“Now we've found a special expert, and following the treatment plans, he reported that his patients have returned to almost complete health, which is surprising.
Rand These appointments are expensive and use both western medicine and alternative medicine. So there will be a long-term treatment plan that includes drug treatment for up to two years. "
Now, a former student at the University of West University in Paisley, Scotland, Emma hopes that a long-term dose of antibiotics can help her recover some of her old life.
He said: günler The biggest thing I can do is lie down on the set and hug my dog. I'm always in pain, I'm so tired. My memory is terrible, my concentration is very weak and I feel bad. I developed problems with the left side of my body, and there was constant weakness in my left arm, leg and neck.
“I just want to get my life back. I was very busy, happy and full of life and fun.
“My first appointment with the expert in February doesn't come fast enough. It will be a long process, but at the end of the tunnel there is light once in the last few years. ”
Emma's life in Scotland began with great hopes in 2010 and completed BA Honors in Tourism and Event Management.
He said: tan After graduation I stayed in Glasgow and found a job with the NHS 24 and discovered that I really enjoyed helping people. I never thought I would have to ask myself for help, or that I would be chronically ill, especially before I turned 30. "
Emma had to give up her job and her life in Scotland, and two years ago, she moved to Enniskillen to be close to the family.
She had to give up her job and her freedom and trusted her boyfriend, Ryan, to become a nanny.
He said: “Ryan stayed with me, but our lives have changed completely. I'm not who I used to be, Ryan had to give up the insurance business and keep an eye on me, and he took a part-time job at KFC and needed it all day to stop caring about me.
Am I can't get the clock back and I'm determined to be as good as I can, but I need help. ”
This means using heavy, long-term antibiotics to try to control the bacteria in your brain.
And it will cost thousands of people in the beginning, and so far Emma has risen to £ 2,300 and £ 2,000 for it and £ 2,000 for her needs.
Ma I can't believe I'm in this position, I want donations to help me get my life back, I want to be the person I used to be, or as close as I could be, Em she said.
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88 reported Lyme disease symptoms:
- Hair Loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Headache, mild, severe or migraine
- Head pressure
- Twitching of face or other muscles
- Facial paralysis
- Nose, tongue tip, cheek or face flushing
- Stiff or painful neck
- Chin pain or stiffness
- Dental problems
- Throat ache
- Runny nose
- Double or blurred vision
- Increased floating spots
- Pain or swelling around the eyes
- Hypersensitivity to light
- Flashing lights / environmental waves / ghost images in the corner of the eyes
- Decreased hearing
- Buzz in the ears
- Extreme sensitivity to sounds
- Ringing in one or two ears
- Irritable bladder
- Interstitial cystitis
- Sad stomach
- Acid reflux
- Bone pain
- Joint pain / swelling,
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Stiffness of joints, back, neck
- Muscle pain or cramps,
- Shortness of breath, complete / unsatisfactory breath, cough
- Chest pain or rib pain
- Night sweats
- Unexplained flicker
- Heart palpitations
- Burning or stabbing sensation in the body
- Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
- Weakness, peripheral neuropathy
- Numbness in the body, tingling, pinpricks
- Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
- Motion sickness
- Unusual depression
- Disorientation or disappearance
- Feeling like you're losing your mind
- Extreme emotional reactions
- I'm sleeping
- Difficulty falling or falling asleep
- Sleep apnea
- Panic attacks
- Loss of memory
- Concentration Difficulty
- Speech Difficulty – chattering, slow or speaking speaker
- Loss of libido
- Menstrual pain, disorder
- Chest pain, discharge
- Testicular or pelvic pain
- Ghost Smells
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Swollen glands / lymph nodes
- Unexplained fever
- Continuous infections – sinus, kidney, eye
- Migration Pain
- Flu-like illness
- Low body temperature
- Allergies / chemical sensitivities
- Increased effect from alcohol
- Depression and anxiety
- Mobility issues
- Brain fog
- Chronic sore throat
- Irregular body temperature
- Low B12, Low Vitamin D, Low Folic Acid
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