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Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at [email protected] How do you differentiate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) …MORE

Lyme and Memory Loss

by Jennifer Crystal What causes memory loss specifically? And what does it feel like to experience it? My long-term memory has always been sharp as a tack. I can repeat verbatim a conversation that happened …MORE

Lessons from Lyme: Lockdown Isn’t Forever

by Jennifer Crystal With COVID-19 cases surging, many states are returning to lockdown, and those that aren’t may soon be headed that way. The first time we were in lockdown, it was almost spring, so …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at [email protected] How did you know when you were …MORE

Candida and Lyme

by Jennifer Crystal Strategies and treatments for Lyme patients to avoid Candida overgrowth When I was a teenager, I used to get yeast infections during the summers because I was always in a wet bathing …MORE

Flu Symptoms: Could It Be Lyme Disease or COVID?

Shared symptoms can make it hard to diagnose the aches and pains typically associated with the flu Heading outside? Especially after months of quarantining, the outdoors provides a much-needed escape, from a simple walk around …MORE

Ask Dr. Kelley: Cold, Flu & COVID-19

Patient-doctor Q&A with tips on how to stay healthy during cold, flu, and COVID season. Interview by Alex Moresco As a Lyme disease patient that also suffers from Specific Antibody Deficiency (in layman’s terms- I literally …MORE

My Lyme Disease Is In Remission. How Do I Keep ...

by Jennifer Crystal The first time my doctor said the word “remission” for my late disseminated Lyme disease, I cheered.I’d been in treatment for Lyme and two of its co-infections, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis, for over …MORE

Breaking Down Lyme Disease and the Blood-Brain ...

by Jennifer Crystal In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the blood-brain barrier and the fact that tick-borne illnesses can cross it and infect the central nervous system. Daniel Cameron, M.D. and I also talked about the …MORE

Have You Heard of the Tick-Borne Disease Babesi...

by Jennifer Crystal Lyme disease isn’t the only illness you can get from a tick bite Babesiosis, a tick-borne infection caused by the parasite Babesia (most commonly, Babesia microti, though there are other species like …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at [email protected] Do you usually feel a tick bite? …MORE

Lyme Arthritis: The Antibody Connection

by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA Lyme disease, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, often leads to arthritis, with up to 60 percent of late-stage patients suffering from painful joints and swelling. …MORE

Managing Burning Extremities

by Jennifer Crystal Dealing with unexplained symptoms? Don’t rule out Lyme & other tick-borne diseases Last night I went to sleep about an hour past my usual bedtime. Revved up from a busy day which …MORE

Lyme and COVID-19 Panel: Follow-up Q and A

by Jennifer Crystal Last week, I had the opportunity to talk about my experience as a Lyme patient with COVID-19 on a panel with leading Lyme specialist Dr. Daniel Cameron. Thank you to everyone who …MORE

Lyme Brain: The Science and the Experience

by Jennifer Crystal At the 2019 International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) conference in Boston, infectious disease specialist Francine Hanberg, M.D. gave a talk about the causes and manifestations of “Lyme brain” called “Neuropathology …MORE

The Leaps of Lyme

by Jennifer Crystal This year is a “leap year”, meaning that every four years we add February 29th to the calendar. This leap year got me thinking about the many leaps that are involved in …MORE

Stop the Itching! Lyme and Hives

by Jennifer Crystal Do you get unexplained hives? Could it be Lyme disease? Four years after I was bitten by a tick—and four years before I would be diagnosed with three tick-borne illnesses: Lyme, babesia, and …MORE

No Set Protocol

by Jennifer Crystal WHY ISN’T THERE A SET TREATMENT PROTOCOL FOR LYME DISEASE? Patients often write asking how I fought off Lyme and two other tick-borne diseases. I understand why they ask. When you read …MORE

Dealing With Brain Fog

by Jennifer Crystal What is brain fog, exactly? What does it feel like? What can a patient do to get rid of it? Writing a weekly blog post is a thrilling and rewarding process. I …MORE

Lyme: The Differential Diagnosis

By Jennifer Crystal With overlapping symptoms, how do you know that you have Lyme and not another disease? It’s important to consider all health factors A patient recently asked me, “How do you know you …MORE

Rest: The Most Important Message of My Dreams

by Jennifer Crystal Tick-borne illness and sleep disturbances One of the most difficult symptoms of neurological tick-borne illness is sleep disturbances. In addition to insomnia, I battled detailed, fast-paced, hallucinogenic dreams and nightmares that often …MORE

A Hard Day’s Night

By Marisa Mann Fighting Lyme and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome After Dark Can you imagine a life where you wake up at least one night a week with violent food poisoning? No, I’m not talking …MORE

Lyme Disease is Causing a Mental Health Crisis:...

By Kerry Heckman Note: This post discusses self-harm and suicide. If you feel suicidal or a danger to yourself or others, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273 TALK (8255),or text “HOME” to 741741 …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

By Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Below are her responses to a few recently received questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email …MORE

Spring REALLY Will Come

by Jennifer Crystal This time of year can be a tease. With daylight savings time, the sun is suddenly brighter, and there are hints of warmer weather coming, Not surprisingly, we start to think it’s almost …MORE

What Does it Mean to Herx?

by Jennifer Crystal Sometimes when I’m describing tick-borne illness, I feel like I’m speaking a foreign language. Most people have heard of Lyme disease—though too many mistakenly call it “Lyme’s” when there is actually no …MORE

Lyme Isn’t a Choice

by Jennifer Crystal Please don’t give in to denial and fear. If you think you might have a tick-borne disease and have been avoiding going to an LLMD, or if you have been diagnosed with …MORE

The Danger of Denial

by Jennifer Crystal One of the many rewards of writing this weekly blog is connecting with patients and caregivers all over the world. I receive emails from people telling me their stories and asking me …MORE

The Spectrum of Lyme

by Jennifer Crystal Just this week, I heard from yet another friend who had found an engorged tick on her child. With tick populations soaring, it’s not surprising that so many people are being bitten …MORE

You’re Not Crazy—You Have Lyme

By Jennifer Crystal I knew there was something physically wrong with me, but when my blood work came back clean and I didn’t fit into any classic diagnostic box, the nurses decided the symptoms were …MORE

What is Air Hunger, Anyway?

By Jennifer Crystal Chronic Lyme disease & its co-infections, like Babesia, can produce unique symptoms. One of them is referred to as air hunger.   Listen to the audio version of this blog here: When …MORE

Are Mold and Mycotoxins Compromising Your Recov...

By Jennifer Crystal When I was in elementary school, I developed a barking cough every spring. Loud, disruptive and persistent, the cough drew annoyed looks from teachers and students alike. Hearing me coming down the …MORE

My #1 Headache Trigger? Lyme disease

By Jennifer Crystal Listen to the audio version of this blog below: Skiing has always been part of my life. I went to a college in Vermont that had its own ski run. After graduation, …MORE

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

What are the effects of Borrelia burgdorferi on the body?   When early-stage Lyme is not properly diagnosed and treated, symptoms can worsen. Dr. Harriet Kotsoris, chief scientific officer with Global Lyme Alliance, discusses some …MORE

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